Valentine’s Day is coming up, which usually means a
romantic evening candy, bad movies and lots of wine. Valentine’s Day can also be harmful for the environment as over 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year and around a billion valentines are sent each year globally, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. This year, why not try to have a Eco-friendly Valentine’s Day? Here are some greener ways you can celebrate this holiday of love:
- Consider sending an e-card
- Buy fair trade and/or organic chocolate
- Buy Candy at Bulk Barn and skip individual packaging
- Try a meatless meal for your valentines day dinner
- Try cooking dinner yourself instead of going out to eat (or have a potluck with friends!)
- Choose organic and/or locally grown flowers
- Make your own treats to give out to your friends
- Use cards made from recycled paper or make your own cards
- Environmentally conscious candles: Soy bean candles and beeswax candles are made with renewable resources and they burn cleaner and longer (using candles also means using less electricity).
- Environmentally conscious wine: To reduce the environmental impact, choose a local wine. Consult the Wines of Canada website for a list of wines available in your province. Buy organic wines; Wines of Canada also lists the organic options available in different provinces. If the selection of local wine is not to your liking, you can always purchase Fair Trade certified wine.
- BUY YOURSELF A TREAT FROM THE ECOHAWKS VALENTINES DAY BAKE SALE ON FEBRUARY 8TH AND 9TH