Earth911 Podcast, Feb. 4, 2019: Sustainable Things – We Love This; We Love This Not!

February 18, 2019 by  
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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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Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

February 5, 2019 by  
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Upcycled Earrings, Necklaces & Bracelets That Dazzle

February 20, 2018 by  
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Best States to Find an Eco-Friendly Date

February 14, 2018 by  
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6 Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day with Heart

February 7, 2018 by  
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Green Valentine gifts for Earth-loving sweethearts

February 6, 2018 by  
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If you’re anything like us, you want to show your earth-loving sweetheart that you care about them on Valentine’s Day without perpetuating harmful consumerism. Luckily there are ways to show your love that are both environmentally and socially beneficial. We’ve collected some thoughtful gifts ranging from fair trade chocolate to jewelry made from recycled materials. Browse through our list of conscientious gifts that will make your special person feel even more so on Valentine’s Day . 11 Green Valentine Gifts for Earth-Loving Sweethearts HAND IN HAND SOAP If you have a sweetie who likes to smell sweeter than roses but hates the idea of applying harmful ingredients to their skin, then these Hand in Hand soaps might appeal to you. Made from all-natural ingredients that were responsibly harvested, a pack of three comes with three fragrances: White Tea, Orange Blossom and Lavender. 50 square feet of rainforest is spared with each bar bought. + $20 from Hand in Hand Soap PACT ORGANIC COTTON UNDERWEAR This year light your loved one’s fire with a pair of sexy sustainable underwear from PACT! These super-soft 100% organic cotton undies are sustainably manufactured in sweat-shop free facilities that are powered by wind power. + $19-$30 at PACT   MAKE YOUR OWN BEESWAX CANDLES Here’s another fun and sustainable twist on a must-have Valentine’s Day accessory: candles! This fun kit is made up of multi-colored, sustainably-sourced beeswax sheets and wicks. A sweet gift that is incredibly easy to put together, these candles are bound to add a little vibrancy and warmth to your romancing. + $35 from Amazon SEXY SUSTAINABLE SKIVVIES If you really want to turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day, consider picking up a pair of sexy sustainable skivvies – our green fashion site Ecouterre has rounded up two dozen eco-friendly Lingerie gifts that are sure to set the night ablaze come February 14th. From racy garter tanks to corsets and slips galore, read on for our top picks. + 14 Eco-Friendly Lingerie Gifts A HEART FOR LOVE ALUMINUM SCULPTURE So many gifts we give on Valentine’s Day are temporary, but sometimes it’s nice to give a gift that will last, such as a sculpture that memorializes enduring love. This wonderful Aluminum Heart for Love sculpture designed by a NOVICA artisan will squeeze your loved one’s heart while supporting quality indigenous craftsmanship. + $55.49 from NOVICA HALL ORGANIC WINE Wine and champagne are also favorites on Valentine’s Day, but who wants to give or drink wine that was grown using toxic pesticides? If you want to let your hair down and splurge on the beverage ordained by the gods, check out Hall’s award-winning organic wine, which is sulfur and pesticide-free. + $22 and up at Hall Wines   TWIG TERRARIUMS We have yet to come up with a holiday for which Twig Terrariums aren’t awesome gifts. So cute, green, long lasting and exciting to explore, a mini green world in a glass vessel is certain to inspire at least five thank you kisses! + $55 and up at Twig Terrariums   ADOPT AN ANIMAL For a new spin on the boring old chocolate hearts gift this Valentine’s Day, why not Adopt an animal from Endangered Species . Not only will you receive a gift bag of yummy fair trade chocolates, but 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation! + $30 from Endangered Species A CD FULL OF LOVE SONGS Sometimes going old school is the most heartwarming thing you can do for your loved ones, particularly if you put a lot of thought into it. If you’re really strapped for cash and have a blank CD or two lying around, why not make a mix of your favorite loved songs? Everyone has their own taste so you don’t have to choose sappy tearjerkers, just songs you know your partner will love. Add your own cover to personalize it if you like and if you don’t have a CD, make a Spotify playlist instead. + FREE lead image via Deposit Photos

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Galentine’s Day

February 14, 2017 by  
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Ah, Galentine’s Day. A sacred holiday observed on Feb. 13 by single females and their friends everywhere. And although it may actually be Valentine’s Day, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Galentine’s Day today or…

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Actress Vanessa Hudgens is under criminal investigation for defacing a natural landmark in Arizona

February 17, 2016 by  
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Nothing says romance like a hiking trip to scenic Arizona with your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, but one Instagram photo could lead to big trouble for actress Vanessa Hudgens. She posted (and has since deleted) an image of a heart on a red rock , containing the names “Austin + Vanessa.” It might seem like a sweet gesture, but defacing protected national park lands is illegal. Authorities are now trying to locate the scene of the alleged crime, as well as any witnesses who might be able to point fingers at the guilty parties. Read the rest of Actress Vanessa Hudgens is under criminal investigation for defacing a natural landmark in Arizona

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Alphabet’s solar-powered wi-fi balloons are deploying this year

February 17, 2016 by  
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Three years ago, Alphabet (then just “Google”), announced an ambitious plan to help bring internet access to remote regions via fleets of solar-powered balloons. Now, it looks like it’s finally going to become a reality. Later this year, Project Loon is going to start testing service with carriers in Indonesia. Read the rest of Alphabet’s solar-powered wi-fi balloons are deploying this year

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