Blog by ECOlunchbox
Giving a little love at Valentine’s Day is easy when it comes to the people in your life – and the planet!
As musician Ziggy Marley says in his inspiring song “Give a Little Love,” We got to give a little love, have a little hope. Make this world a little better. Try a little more, harder than before. Let’s do what we can do together!”
As another Valentine’s Day approaches, thoughts are turning to roses, chocolates and other gifts to “give a little love” to your special someone. Have you considered going green for Valentine’s Day by choosing eco-gifts that will please both your sweetheart and Mother Earth?
“Green may not be the typical color for Valentine’s Day, but people are tired of expensive and wasteful gifts,” said Sandra Ann Harris whose company ECOlunchbox specializes in eco-friendly lunchware.
“When it comes to eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gifts,” explains Harris, an eco-mom entrepreneur, “there’s nothing greener than a gift that results in less trash, less toxics, less carbon footprint, less expense and overall less impact on the Planet!”
Don’t fret, aspiring green cupids, we’re here to help inspire you with a few tips and tricks! It just takes a little creativity and the willingness to open your heart rather than depend on the greeting card aisle and disposable trinkets at your nearest drug store.
Green Valentine’s Day Tips and Tricks
• Do It Yourself Greeting Cards: Sixty five percent of all gifts will take the form of a greeting card. This year don’t be 1 of the 180 million Valentine’s Day cards exchanged — and quickly thrown in the trash! Instead make your own using photos from an old magazine to create a unique and lovingly made greeting card.
• Reusable Gifts: Pick gifts that are reusable and can be a token of your love for years to come. For example, reusable stainless steel bentos and other lunch accessories can be enjoyed daily and help a person save money and alleviate trash, according to a plastic-free lunch study by ECOlunchbox.
• Potted Flowers: Instead of cut flowers, choose a potted plant or flowers like tulips or a hydrangea that can be planted outside when spring finally arrives. Another green Valentine idea is to planting a tree symbolic of your relationship – and watch it grow together over the years!
• Homemade Goodies: Eight billion Sweethearts candy hearts are manufactured each year by the New England Confectionery Company. Get original for your one-of-a-kind Valentine. Ditch the pre-packaged treats and make your own.