EF Valentine’s Day! Eco-friendly, that is! This article is about putting an eco-friendly twist on traditional Valentine’s Day presents. Flowers and chocolate, anyone?
What a nice, cheerful way to show your partner you care about them. Try and choose an eco-friendly option and earn some bonus points with your partner for being thoughtful and creative.
Try skipping the roses this year, and opt for in-season flowers instead. I know it’s the middle of February, but you still have some decent options.
Your local florist is your best bet for in-season flowers such as lily’s. However, if you live in a cold climate, your choices might be limited.
Ordering online is a good option in this case. Try The Bouq’s Co. who support local, sustainable farmer’s from all over the world.
Either way, skipping roses and opting for a greener option shows that you put thought into your gift and your partner is sure to notice.
Personally, I love receiving a potted plant as a present. You can enjoy it for years, be it a fern, succulent, spider plant, or whichever plant floats your boat. You also have the option to plant them outside in the spring, so the gift just keeps on giving!
You can get as creative as you like, maybe decorating the pot yourself or finding a cool planter on Amazon that your partner will enjoy.
A potted plant is a thoughtful gift that your partner will love.
Perhaps my favorite option of all, the Edible Arrangement.
This is a great option if you are surprising your loved one with a delivery at work, as they are great for sharing, not to mention making you look pretty darn romantic to your partner’s coworkers as well.
These also work for a romantic evening at home. Chocolate covered strawberries, anyone?
Classic chocolate. So delicious. You can add some originality with this foolproof Valentine’s Day present by opting for some eco-friendly choices.
It may be a little difficult finding a box of fair trade or ethically sourced chocolates, so why not pick up a couple of bars (which tend to be easier to find) and melt them down for a romantic fondue night. Fruit and chocolate, did I mention chocolate. Should make for a wonderful, sexy night.
There are some great options for cool, unique, sustainably made jewelry you can choose for your partner.
Etsy is a great place to start when looking for original, hand made jewelry. Browse their eco-friendly selections for any type of jewelry under the sun and support a small business at the same time.
4Ocean has amazing bracelets made from, you guessed it, ocean trash. Help rid the coastlines and oceans of garbage with these cool bracelets made from recycled materials. Every bracelet purchased funds the removal of 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. Now that is present you can truly feel good about giving (and receiving).
Perhaps you are looking for more traditional jewelry, such as the metal and diamond variety. Maybe thinking about popping the question this Valentine’s Day (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Well, Brilliant Earth has got you covered with their use of recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds, not to mention their eco-friendly packaging.
You will be sure to find a piece of jewelry (perhaps a ring) that will knock your partners socks off (and maybe more!).
Set the mood for a romantic night by giving your partner a wonderful massage at home, or pamper both of you by going for a couples massage at a spa.
DIY at home
Relax and enjoy a romantic massage at home. Your partner will love this thoughtful gesture. Try using organic, edible massage oil like this one, so you can kiss your partner’s skin without experiencing a nasty aftertaste.
Give your partner the best massage you can by heading over to Youtube and watching some tutorials (you can learn to do any massage under the sun!) Your partner will notice your amazing massage skills and will be even more thankful for your much needed gift. Note: Don’t forget about your partner’s feet, they need some loving too!
You want to enjoy a massage with your partner. That is an amazing idea. But before you rush off to book your couples massage, there are a few things to keep in mind about the spa you choose.
Consider visiting a spa that uses:
- organic essential oils
- organic robes and linens
- plant-based (biodegradable) cleaners
Keeping these factors in mind will help keep your thoughts on the massage (or what is in store for later) instead of what harmful chemicals are being absorbed into your and your partner’s skin.
Now this idea is a throwback to when you first started dating. Honestly, it’s been too long since I have received a love note from my partner (hint, hint). This is an easy, romantic gesture that means so much. I still have the notes my partner wrote for me back in the day.
Try writing on this plantable paper. Your partner may want to stash your thoughtful note or poem away for safe keeping, or plant it and be reminded of your thoughtfulness whenever he or she gazes out at the growing plant.
Save your partner from the scourge of synthetic, chemical-laden scents this Valentine’s Day and opt for a greener product that will leave them smiling instead of sneezing.
Check out perfumes and colognes from:
- Lush Cosmetics: Handmade, ethical practices, natural ingredients, and minimal packaging. With a large variety to choose from, you’re sure to find a fragrance to wow your partner.
- Sana Jardin: Socially conscious and sustainable ingredients. All fragrances are free from phthalates, artificial colorants, parabens, and formaldehyde. With fragrances appealing to both men and women, you will be sure to find one that is perfect for your partner.
- Clean Reserve: Touts sustainably procured ingredients and eco-conscious recyclable packaging. With scents available for men and women, there is a good chance you will find a fragrance your partner will love.
Explore these brands to get you started on your quest for the perfect, eco-friendly scent for your partner.
What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Did you add an eco-friendly twist? Let me know in the comments below.