10 Date and Gift Ideas for a Green Valentine's Day

Celebrate the holiday of love by showing some love for the earth. From organic flowers and chocolates to romantic evenings at home, here’s how you can have a green Valentine’s Day.

| February 2010 Web

  • Make homemade candy hearts with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day.
    Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, why not show some love to the earth as well as your sweetheart? You can have a romantic Valentine’s Day without putting any extra strain on the earth.

1. Cook a meal at home. Not only will cooking at home save money, but you’ll have more control over the quality of your food. Substitute organic produce, naturally raised meat and local ingredients. For a romantic meal, try one of these recipes.

Lamb Ravioli Recipe
Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables Recipe
Flatiron Steak Recipe with Natural Jus and Root Vegetable Mash

2. Drink organic wine. No romantic celebration is complete without wine. This year splurge a little and get a bottle of organic wine. Organic wine doesn’t cost that much more. Many organic wines are grown and bottled in the U.S., meaning your wine won’t have to travel as far to get to you.

3. Eat fair-trade, organic chocolate. While you’re thinking of your beloved, consider the earth, too—and her people. Give the gift of organic, fair trade and even vegan chocolate. Indulge in a bar of Yachana Jungle Chocolate or sip on a cup of Dagoba organic drinking chocolate.

4. Give homemade gifts. Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade gift. Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to be elaborate. Create a picture album, decorate a vase, or make homemade candy.

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