As we all know, February 14th is the day to celebrate love. While it’s always fun to buy roses, chocolates, and teddy bears for your sweetheart or for yourself, consider celebrating a green Valentine’s Day this year with these eco-friendly gift ideas.
1. Make Your Own Treats
Instead of buying pre-packaged chocolates wrapped in wasteful plastic and foil, make something sweet at home this year! Check out Sustainable Cooks and learn how to make vegan strawberry chocolate truffles. Or, if you really want to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit, purchase reusable cupcake liners and bake heart-shaped cupcakes for your special someone. Anything you bake at home is sure to taste like love.
2. Buy Flowers that Promote Clean Indoor Air
Yes, roses are beautiful, but there are other flowers you can purchase that will look amazing and help clean the air inside your home. Based on NASA’s results, there are two types of flowers that have proven to be the most effective in removing air pollutants: the Flamingo Lily and the Florist’s Chrysanthemum. Not only are they gorgeous, but they also remove pollutants such as benzene, ammonia, and formaldehyde.
3. Do the Cooking for Your Loved One
Instead of going out to eat or bringing home takeout, make your Valentine a plant-based, home-cooked meal. This is a great way to celebrate the holiday while reducing waste. Cook up a mouth-watering roasted veggie and wild-rice bowl with creamy lemon herb sauce or get your snack on with raw pesto zucchini roll-ups. No matter what you decide to cook, you can enjoy a romantic meal at home on this green Valentine’s Day.
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