Going Green This Valentine’s Day

You might be surprised to know that there are many ways for you to go green this Valentine’s Day. It is possible to celebrate this holiday while still treating the environment well and being romantic at the same time.

Here are a few tips to help you have an Eco-friendly Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is one of the holidays when the most greeting cards are given and sent. Many of these greeting cards are made from paper that was manufactured at the expense of trees. Most of these cards will also be thrown into the garbage and end up in the landfills within a short amount of time. There are some things you can do to help protect the environment without giving up greeting cards.

  1. Consider purchasing greeting cards that are made from recycled paper.
  2. Use cards made from treeless paper (paper made without the bark of trees being used). The cards will be marked if they use recycled paper or treeless paper.
  3. The internet provides you with another alternative; you can send e-card greetings to your loved one and friends.

Flowers are a very popular gift for Valentine’s Day. You do not want to purchase flowers that were grown using chemicals or that were grown in such a way to be harmful to the environment. Instead, purchase organic flowers for your loved one if you want to be Eco-friendly. Boxes of candy are equally as popular of a gift for Valentine’s Day. You can purchase organic candy for your sweetie if you want to go green this Valentine’s Day.

Help your children create their own Valentine’s Greetings for their friends rather than purchasing them from the store. They will have fun writing their own greetings and decorating their own cards. You can even buy paper stock for your children that have been made from recycled paper. Consider making homemade gifts for your loved ones while you are in a crafty mood. You should see if you have previously used materials that you can use to make sentimental gifts.

Skip on wrapping paper when you give your Valentine their gift. It will just end up in the landfill. I am sure he or she will understand if you do not wrap the gift to help protect the environment. You could also wrap your gifts in newspapers or some other material that you will later be able to to take to the recycling center. Be creative and you will find ways to present your gift without the gift wrap.

You can save on gas to help the environment by planning a romantic evening at home this Valentine’s Day. Plan a nice candlelight meal that you can cook for your special someone or cook with your special someone. Pick up some great movies so that you can cuddle with your significant other after you eat your meal. Grab some of your favorite music to play so that you and your loved one can dance at home. There are many fun things you can do to celebrate the holiday for love from home.

It’s not a must you follow all these steps but try and do at least a few things this valentine. It is not as difficult as you might think to go Green for this special day. With a few simple steps, you will be doing your part to help protect the environment.

This is a guest post by Catherine Bynes. Catherine is a career blogger who loves to write about going green in her spare time. She currently blogs over at CNA Training Tips on how to become a CNA.
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  1. The e-greeting cards also save the cost of a stamp and the energy required to mail it Helping your children make cards with “left-over” craft supplies, etc. is an activity that can be beneficial for your children well. Using resources wisely and with mutiple purposes is green! Many people make cloth drawstring bags to wrap presents so that the bags can be re-used. Being green and frugal doesn’t have to be a tedious task; with a little creativity it can even be fun!