Looking for ideas for Valentine's Day that are better for the environment? Whether you plan on celebrating Valentine's Day with your partner, with family or friends, or even as a day for yourself for some self-care and 'me' time, here's a quick guide to celebrate this special day in a more eco-friendly way with less waste.
1. Instead of flowers that will go to waste in a week, give a pot plant that will live and give flowers continuously!
Flowers on Valentine's Day are not only generally much more expensive, but are then destined for the compost (or rubbish) heap within a week. There are better ways of gifting flowers - you can give already-planted and potted flowers to add some greenery and natural beauty to your home all year round; or, why not buy some seeds and plant in your garden and watch it grow together? Just make sure the seeds you choose are appropriate for planting in the right season!
2. DIY Valentine's Day card instead of buying a card, digitally or get crafty
Having been together with Jon for over 10 years, we have a pile of old Valentine's Day cards, birthday cards, anniversary cards, etc. that we used to give each other in the early years of our relationship, now stashed away in an old box in the cardboard. While holding sentimental value, it is actually quite wasteful. So, why not make your own?
If you are a crafty type of person, you can make it extra special with your personal touch. Otherwise, it is just as easy to make one digitally with free and easy-to-use online tools such as Canva. Turn your Valentine's message into a social media post, postcard, or your own printed card!
3. Choose ethically sourced chocolates and sweets
After flowers and cards, chocolates and sweets are usually the next most popular item of choice for Valentine's Day. Try locally and responsibly made chocolates sourced from Fairtrade cocoa farmers like Loving Earth (vegan-friendly based in Melbourne), Loco Love (organic chocolates from Byron Bay), or give The Carob Kitchen (Australian Organic Certified carob, the caffeine-free alternative to chocolate, grown in South Australia) a try.
Why Fairtrade? Choosing chocolates from Fairetrade cocoa farmers means that they are paid a Fairtrade minimum price to ensure they can sustain their supplies for the future against supply and demand fluctuations and improve production. Read more about it here.
4. ... or pick a meaningful sustainable gift with a difference.
Whether your partner is an outdoor adventurer, eco homemaker, clean beauty fan, or you're after more foodie ideas, check out our guide to eco-friendly gifts here.
Wining and dining has its perks, but on Valentine's Day, you're often forced to order from a set menu and leave by a certain time. A homecooked meal can not only help you avoid all that, but the personal touch you can add makes it extra special! Take your time, relax, and enjoy the peacefulness and comfort of your own home!
6. Get some eco-friendly candles to create a romantic atmosphere
Byron Bay Candles have a beautiful range of pure soy wax candles with a natural blend of essential oils derived completely from plants that will relax your senses for the celebration. Best of all, it's refillable so that you can reuse for other nights in!
7. Choose a Valentine's Day meal with less meat, or even go meat free!