Valentine’s Day is a very consumer-driven holiday but that does not mean you can’t still celebrate the day and be more conscious and concerned about your single-use plastic and styrofoam consumption while still spreading love and joy. There are many ways to celebrate the day while remaining sustainable and giving gifts that do not require any waste or single-use plastics. Many Valentine’s Day items and trinkets sold in stores for Valentine’s Day contain plastic packaging, are laminated in plastic, are not recyclable or are thrown away gifts that will be tossed within weeks or months of the day. Considering all of this, we’ve come up with a list of ways to have a more sustainable Valentine’s Day and to reduce single-use plastic and foam. If you have kids at home, many of these can be a great way to have them involved in the process while teaching them ways to make conscious choices.
The best gifts come from the heart – after all, they say that it is the thought that counts. When they are hand-made or sustainable, they will be that much more meaningful and likely to be remembered. Make, bake, or craft a gift from your heart or if you must purchase a present, find brands that are already using sustainable 100% recycled packaging. Whichever presents you choose, these ideas will add a touch of romance while being more green this year.