Tips For An Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day

There are lots of great ways to make special occasions more eco-friendly, including Valentine’s Day!  When shopping for gifts or planning a Valentine’s Day celebration, you can make lots of swaps to go a little greener this year.

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Choose sustainable decor

Opt for decorations made from natural, biodegradable, or recycled materials, such as a felt Valentine’s Day garland.

Avoid single-use plastic decorations and opt for reusable ones instead.

For candles, choose or make beeswax Valentine’s candles that use natural (not synthetic) fragrances. Note that beeswax candles are not vegan, so you may want to opt for soy Valentine’s candles instead, depending on your recipient.

Skip traditional flowers

Roses are often not very eco-friendly, as many are shipped from farms in other countries, such as Ecuador.

Opt for local flowers, or alternatives such as a houseplant, or a native plant that can be planted in a garden to enjoy for years to come. You can even make a bouquet of native seeds!

Give eco-friendly gifts

Consider giving gifts that are eco-friendly and sustainable.

Look for products made from recycled materials, organic and fair-trade items, or experiences instead of physical items.

You can also choose to give homemade gifts or support local artisans and small businesses.

You can also gift experiences, rather than material items.  This could be tickets to a show, a gift card to a local restaurant, etc.

If you buy jewelry, consider conflict-free diamonds or lab grown gems, such as a moissanite engagement ring.

If you gift chocolates, choose fair trade chocolates.

Shop local

Shopping locally supports the local economy, and purchasing locally made items lessens your carbon footprint.

Use recycled or reusable wrapping materials, such as maps, posters, or other paper.

Use recycled wrapping paper. You can also get creative using reusable materials, such as fabrics or bags.

Dine locally

If you go out to eat, support a local eatery versus a chain restaurant. You will be supporting your local economy and more locally sourced or made foods.



21 thoughts on “Tips For An Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day”

  1. I like to do paper flowers. They last forever and seem more practical to me than getting real flowers that’ll die within a week.

  2. paper flowers are such a beautiful forever gift.. and i love to gift candles too (and recently, looking for greener candles)

  3. I am very astonished to see that there are still people who are thinking about eco-friendly things to give especially in special days. These are all great.

  4. We are trying to live in an eco-friendly living as much as possible and I love these ideas.
    I preferred to receive paper flowers than real ones.

  5. I don’t have any current plans for Valentine’s Day. It’s just another day in my book. Plus I’m single so it’s nothing to really celebrate. I might do something with my son though.

  6. These are great tips! I love your recommendation about shopping local. It’s a great way to support small businesses, and it’s def. a bonus if the small business is eco-friendly as well. Can’t wait to try your tips this year!

  7. Great tips! I love the shop & dine locally, it is always great to support the small local businesses over the large corporate stores.

  8. There are some really good hints and tips here for sure. For me it is all about supporting local where possible xx

  9. I have full support to eco-friendly gifting. I would love gifting plants to my beloved and a fine dine experience. Thnx for this reminder.

  10. I like the idea of dining locally. We have plenty of restaurants in walking distance. I normally make a meal but eating out would make such a lovely change.

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