Valentine’s Day is a great day to show how much you love someone but it also comes with a lot of waste. Have an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day this year.
I love Valentine’s Day, I always have. I having a day where we all make an effort to show others love. It can be very wasteful though and there are far-reaching impacts of many of the things we buy.
Few of us still make homemade gifts and homemade Valentine’s. Instead, we buy flowers which are likely from Ecuador or Columbia, chocolate from the Ivory Coast, and cheap stuffed animals from China.
Those flowers from Ecuador and Columbia are often picked by women and child that are forced to work and abused. That doesn’t leave you feeling very warm and fuzzy.
And that chocolate we all love to get may also be supporting unethical working conditions. 70% of the world’s chocolate comes from the Ivory Coast where most of the chocolate is farmed using child labor and slave labor.
And those cheap stuffed animals may also be being made by forced labor. China’s record on worker rights is very poor, as is their environmental record.
Ethical & Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts
Fair Trade Flowers
Ask your local florist if they have any local flowers or Fair Trade Certified options. You can also find a local nursery and buy a plant instead of cut flowers.
There are also options for ordering Fair Trade flowers online. When I first wrote about this issue in 2011 there was a petition to get 1-800-Flowers to carry Fair Trade flowers and it worked! They now have a nice selection of Fair Trade flowers to choose from.
Fair Trade Chocolate
There are so many options for Fair Trade chocolate now. Even most chain grocery stores carry it now. Just look for chocolate that says it’s Fair Trade Certified. Some are also organic if that is important to you. Thrive Market has delicious and affordable options as well.
Fair Trade Stuffed Animals
You can even get Fair Trade stuffed animals now! There are so many cute options. Wild Dill is a great place to find Fair Trade and organic stuffed animals.
More Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas
- DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
- Uncommon Valentine’s Day Date and Gift Ideas
- Romantic Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day
Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day isn’t about stuff, it’s about showing people you care and that’s free!