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Valentine’s Day is all about love. For a full 24 hours, you have carte blanche to be as romantic as you wish towards your significant other. But while you adore your sweetie with all of your heart, you also have a great deal of passion for Mother Earth. With this in mind instead of merely showering your honey with tokens of your affection, take your gift giving one step further and honor your love of the environment too with these five eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift ideas.
5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Show Your Love
Adopt a Manatee
There is just something so adorable about manatees. Unfortunately, they are also an endangered species. On February 14, surprise your sweetie by adopting a manatee through the Save the Manatee Club. For $35, you can adopt an actual living manatee and receive a full color adoption certificate of your special critter, a membership handbook and a heart-shaped manatee ornament. As a bonus, if you reside in Florida or plan on vacationing in the Sunshine State, you and your honey can go to see your adopted manatee.
Give Fair Trade Flowers
Flowers and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand like—well, like you and your sweetheart. Surprise your love this year with a gorgeous bouquet of his or her favorite blossoms from a retailer that cares for the Earth like FTD. The company, which features a beautiful selection of Valentine’s Day arrangements, is also committed to supporting human rights as well as labor practices in relation to the way their flowers are grown and produced.
Write a Love Letter, Then Plant It
A wonderful way to show your love for your significant other is by writing a heartfelt letter that expresses your deepest feelings. This year, take this romantic gesture an eco-friendly step further and pen your masterpiece on recycled handmade paper that has actual wildflower seeds embedded in it. Available from Plantable Papers, the tree free paper is beautiful and comes in different colors and shapes. You can use the paper to write your love letter and then, if your sweetheart wishes, you can bury the paper in the ground and then watch as wildflowers grow to honor your growing love for each other.
Sweets for the Sweet
If Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same for you without some chocolate, consider giving your honey a box of chocolate from Raw Chocolate Love. The company strives to make delicious pure and raw chocolate that is not only good for the body, but also good for the Earth. Raw Chocolate Love sells organic and vegan chocolate that is made with top quality and earth-friendly ingredients and it is also incredibly delicious.
A Bottle of Wine
A wonderfully romantic and earth-friendly Valentine’s Day can involve something as relatively simple as a relaxing walk or hike followed by a glass of wine. Walking is inherently eco-friendly, so set out together on a nice stroll through the neighborhood hand in hand. End your walk at a local park or hill with a nice view and enjoy a wonderful glass of eco-friendly wine together, as well as a picnic meal. ecoVINO Wines are made from certified organic grapes from Mendocino County, California, and they are packaged in eco-friendly recyclable wine pouches instead of heavy glass bottles.
Alison Stanton has been a freelance writer for the past 14 years. Based in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Alison enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics, but especially loves meeting interesting people and telling their stories.