Spoil your lover with presents from our eco-friendly Valentine’s Day gift guide

February 11, 2019 by  
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Valentine’s Day can mean bouquets of cut flowers, chocolate wrapped in cellophane and a cardboard box, a trail of paper cards, gifts jazzed up with polyester bows and maybe even a bottle of wine with a plastic stopper. However, that’s all been done a million times before, and in the age of climate change , it’s time to start thinking outside the box and give your Valentine an intimate, eco-friendly day. This year, start some new traditions with this eco-friendly Valentine’s gift guide. Not all of these Valentine’s gift ideas might be considered traditional, but they are creative, fun and romantic. These are great ways to let your Valentine — and the planet — know that you love them. Fresh and local flowers Cut flowers are often grown in production greenhouses, covered in chemicals and imported from thousands of miles away via cargo planes and gas-guzzling refrigerated trucks. Then, after a few days, they make their way to the trash and eventually end up in a landfill, where they will emit methane as they decay. If your Valentine loves flowers , there are alternatives to conventional cut flowers that are much more environmentally friendly. Websites like bouqs.com sell flower bouquets that are cut to order on eco-friendly farms and designed by local florists. You can also find local growers who are selling in-season flowers at localharvest.org . Another unique option is to buy seeds and a beautiful pot (you can get great ideas at rareseeds.com ), plant them together as a couple and watch them grow (like your love!). You could also visit your local botanical garden together and take a romantic stroll. Fair-trade chocolates Mass-produced chocolate from global companies is often made from cacao that is bought “blind” from importers and brokers that could be using forced child labor. Some cacao farming is also putting wildlife at risk. But  fair-trade chocolate comes from small-scale farm co-ops, where farmers own their own land and invest in their communities. The chocolate is traceable, cuts out the middleman and focuses on quality. You can find fair-trade chocolate at sites like Askinosie , Nuubia  and Dagoba . Jewelry You can find beautiful, conflict-free diamonds and recycled precious metals (wrapped in green packaging) at Brilliant Earth . You can also opt for eco-friendly artistic pieces from around the world at sites like Novica and Ten Thousand Villages . Related: 9 ways to have an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day Packed With Purpose This site wants your gifts to have an impact , and it does this by selling high-quality products from “Purposeful Purveyors” — companies that make their employees, communities and the environment top priorities. You can find gift boxes filled with chocolate and nuts, tea, crackers and biscotti or soy candles and artisanal soaps. Natural perfumes or colognes Natural, sustainable perfumes and colognes make perfect Valentine’s gifts. There are plenty of places you can go to find the right scent for your loved one. Sana Jardin is a socially-conscious company that offers luxury fragrances while focusing on sustainability. Clean Reserve manufactures its field-to-fragrance products in a solar-powered factory, and Floral Street uses biodegradable paper packaging that can be repurposed as a seed tray. Cozy organic robes You can’t go wrong with eco-friendly clothing. Of course, clothes might not be the most important part of Valentine’s Day (wink, wink), but a cozy, organic robe could be a great gift. Sorella Organics sells robes, loungewear and sleepwear made from certified organic and fair-trade cotton. Not only will your skin love these products, but so will the environment. For something sexy underneath, you can visit Hanky Panky and find intimate apparel made from organic cotton that is also free of toxic chemicals. The company uses high-quality fabrics to avoid synthetic fiber pollution. It doesn’t use fur, feathers or leather because animal welfare is a priority, and it recycles and repurposes its textile waste. Bath accessories Your organic robe will feel even better after enjoying a romantic bath or shower using luxurious eco-friendly soaps and candles. Heart & Arrow uses a sustainable process to make soaps and candles, plus it uses minimal packaging and makes charitable giving a top priority. You can also turn your bathroom into a spa with sustainable bamboo bath caddies from sites like Royal Craft Wood and sustainable skincare from Lather or milk + honey . Royal Craft Wood specializes in affordable, sustainable, high-quality products made by skilled artists. Lather is a wellness brand that sells natural products that are never tested on animals, and milk + honey uses clean, plant-based ingredients. Romantic, eco-friendly activities Going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day can often mean fighting for a reservation at an over-crowded restaurant. That’s not the most romantic way to spend your time, not to mention the food waste . Instead, consider eco-friendly romantic activities like taking a cooking class for two, visiting a local art gallery, adopting a pet at a local animal shelter, enjoying a picnic in the park, scheduling a wine tasting at a local winery, hiring a personal chef for the evening, cooking a special dinner together or relaxing with a couple’s massage. Images via Annie Spratt , Conger Design , Luisella Planeta Leoni , Packed With Purpose , Silvia Rita , StockSnap , Holger Link , James Riess and RawPixel

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6 Floating love nests and houseboats around the world

February 5, 2016 by  
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Mom may love that floral bouquet, but Mother Earth doesn’t

May 11, 2015 by  
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Did you give your mother flowers for Mother’s Day this year? Then heads up, because one environmental journalist wants you to know that flowers may be one of the worst gifts you can give. Couples the world over may be sighing in relief at the news that finally, those roses may be just too ecologically insensitive to continue giving at Valentine’s Day , anniversaries and all those other occasions that call for flowers. Read on to see all the reasons that Jennifer Grayson at the Washington Post wants you to reconsider the ubiquitous bouquet. Read the rest of Mom may love that floral bouquet, but Mother Earth doesn’t Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baby’s breath flowers , eco flowers , flowers , FTD Flowers , journalist says giving flowers is bad for planet , mothers day flowers , no more flowers for mothers day , roses , valentine’s day , Valentine’s Day roses

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6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses

February 17, 2015 by  
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Valentine’s day has come and gone, and if you’re one of the millions of people who received roses as a gift for this holiday, chances are that your flowers will keep smelling and looking gorgeous for another few days. The good news is that those roses don’t need to end up in the compost heap just yet—there are a number of ways that you can reuse the petals so they’ll last far longer than your original bouquet. Read on to learn about some of the crafty ways you can reuse those blooms. Read the rest of 6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: candied rose petals , floral sachet , how to reuse roses , organic roses , petal beads , reuse roses , rose , rose bouquet , rose crafts , rose ice cream , rose petal beads , rose petal ice cream , rose petal sachet , rose petals , rose sachet , rose water , roses , rosewater , sugared rose petals , valentine’s day , Valentine’s Day roses

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New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

February 17, 2015 by  
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Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode. Before you know it, a home in the suburbs could even generate enough energy to turn a profit by selling the excess back to a traditional electric company. Read the rest of New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , battery for renewable energy , clean energy battery , home battery , house battery , off grid living , off the grid , solar power battery , stationary battery , tesla , tesla home battery

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Volkswagen announces plan to invest $10 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure

February 17, 2015 by  
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Now that Volkswagen’s electric e-Golf is rolling into dealerships, VW continues to announce new efforts to support the further adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. Last month VW announced that it is teaming up with BMW to add 100 DC fast charging stations in the U.S., and the automaker just announced plans to invest $10 million to support electric vehicle infrastructure by 2016. Read the rest of Volkswagen announces plan to invest $10 million in electric vehicle charging infrastructure Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric car infrastructure , Electric Drive Congress , electric motor , EV Charging , ev charging network , green car , green transportation , volkswagen , Volkswagen E-Golf , vw , VW e-Golf

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7 creative Valentine’s Day activities to do instead of buying more crap

February 12, 2015 by  
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Green valentine idea: express your love with seeds

February 10, 2015 by  
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We stumbled across a gorgeous valentine gift idea over at the Mother of a Hubbard website: instead of candy, this heart-shaped box is full of seeds! Ideal for avid gardeners or foodies, this gift can be customized to suit anyone’s preferences. To make it, you just need to buy a standard heart-shaped chocolate assortment box, and replace the candies or truffles with organic, heirloom seeds. In the picture above, the gift is filled with seeds ranging from peas and beans to corn, squash , and tomatoes , but you can just as easily fill yours with a variety of of organic culinary herb seeds, or flower seeds that are known to attract butterflies. Just add in a guide that identifies the different seeds, and you have a gift full of love that’ll just keep growing. (Yes, you can eat the chocolates yourself. We won’t tell.) + Mother of a Hubbard Lead image © Mother of a Hubbard Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: box of seeds , gardener , gift idea , heart-shaped box , heart-shaped seed box , heirloom seeds , organic seeds , seed box , seeds , Valentine , valentine gift idea , valentine seeds , Valentine’s , valentine’s day , Valentine’s Day Gift

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Kaleidoscopic Kids Museum of Glass is China’s first design museum for children

February 10, 2015 by  
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Make these fun recycled Valentine’s Day crafts out of trash

February 10, 2015 by  
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Did you know that between flowers, dinner, decorations, and gifts, Americans spend about $13 million a year on Valentine’s Day? That’s a lot of green to spend in one day – especially when a good chunk of it could easily be saved with a little creativity and upcycling. To muster up some crafty motivation and make your own Valentine’s Day decor  out of recycled materials, check out these clever crafting ideas from HomeTalk . From toilet paper rolls to old glass bottles and aluminium cans, there are tons of materials for adorable V-day DIYs already sitting in your home. Lead photo: All Things G&D Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green art , green design , hometalk , recycled crafts , recycled valentine’s day gift , sustainable design , valentine’s day crafts , valentine’s day decoration

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