Valentine’s Day gift giving racks up a surprisingly high environmental impact. But thankfully, it’s simple to make a romantic gesture that also shows some love for the planet.
Here are our ideas for eco-friendly twists on traditional Valentine’s gifts.
1. Roses are red, trees are green
Where do all those single long-stemmed red roses come from in this cold weather? They’re flown in from flower growing hotspots such as Colombia. Then driven up and down the country to be delivered.
This year, swap giving carbon intensive flowers for planting trees that help fight climate change. Many environmental charities have tree planting campaigns you can donate to, including our partner, Friends of the Earth.
This year, swap giving carbon intensive flowers for planting trees that help fight climate change.
2. Think outside the chocolate box
Valentine’s Day chocolates needn’t be plastic wrapped or palm oil filled. But it can take a little digging to unearth eco-friendly truffles and bars. Ethical Consumer is a great resource for checking up on brands’ sustainable credentials, including where to find vegan chocolates.
For something extra special (and extra environmentally conscious), take a look at Lick the Spoon. They whip up organic confections beautifully presented in plastic free packaging – and they’re supplied by Good Energy.
3. Make a Valentine’s toast with organic wine
If you’re planning to enjoy a glass or two of wine on the big night, make it organic. Organic winemakers grow grapes without using artificial pesticides and herbicides. This supports other plants and insects who call the vineyard home and helps protect water supplies from being contaminated by chemicals.
Visit Vintage Roots for organic red, white and sparkling wines along with a good selection of vegan options.
4. Make a day of date night
Caring more about our incredible natural world starts with getting out and experiencing it. So instead of the typical dinner and a movie, why not plan a gift of time together in the great outdoors?
5. Give a gift with purpose
One of the main ways to reduce the environmental impact of gift giving is just to buy less, full stop.
If you’re set on giving jewellery, you could buy pieces from local, independent craftspeople. This may make it easier to find out where materials are sourced – you could ask the maker if they use recycled silver or gold, for example.
For something a little different, look for organisations that do good with their products. 4Ocean make minimalist bracelets out of recovered ocean plastic.