Valentine's Day is around the corner and many of us are searching for the perfect gifts for the ones we love. A holiday of cards, flowers, and chocolates originating in the UK, Valentine's Day has become an American tradition that is here to stay.
Thankfully sweets for your sweeties don’t have to be bad for health or the planet anymore. In 2017 there are so many beautiful and delicious ways to give. In consideration of all involved in your gifts’ production, choose ethically-made and Eco-friendly products. They are unique and made with love for you and the planet.
Check out my eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas and have a happy, healthy, and thoughtful Valentine's Day!
Unfortunately many of the candies marketed for Valentine's Day are not-so-sweet when you take a look at their ingredients. Most mass-produced chocolates are filled with hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, and other artificial flavors that wreak havoc on our health. Thankfully we have delicious, organic, vegan, and fair-trade sweets available as an alternative.
Flowers sold at most stores are sprayed heavily with pesticides and imported across from the world. In a typical year, between 85 and 95 percent of the most common cut flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from Colombia or Ecuador. Feel happy about your Valentine's Day bouquet by giving flowers from an organic florist.
Lingerie production is not what it used to be. Most big retailers have exported their lingerie fabrication to sweatshop labor in countries that pay their employees pennies a day and put their workers in dangerous situations (see True Cost to find out more). Fortunately there are still brands that specialize in lingerie that are dedicated to sustainability and quality of production. Give a gift that makes your women feel beautiful and empowered, knowing that she is wearing something good for her and the world.
Jewelry, regardless of the price, has also become a business using unethically produced materials. Cheap costume jewelry doesn't last, and usually is produced using unfair labor. Expensive jewelry is often made with materials that, when mined, cause destruction to the environment and exploit the poor communities inhabiting them. There are so many jewelers that refuse to follow this unsustainable model, that we have an option as consumers to give ethically. Beautiful and on-trend, you are sure to please your loved ones with gifts like these.
DATE NIGHT IDEAS
If you live in a city that has farm-to-table or vegan restaurants, make your Valentine's Day reservations there. The food will be healthier and better for all involved (our planet, the farmers, and the consumer). I have an extensive list of restaurants in my resources section HERE. If you don't have access to restaurants like this, or you want to impress your loved one with a romantic meal at home, check out amazing ideas from sustainable, vegan cookbooks.
Have a happy, healthy, and thoughtful Valentine's Day, and please leave comments with your eco-friendly, sustainable Valentine's Day ideas below.