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A Greener Valentine’s Day

It seems like I'm still putting the Christmas decorations away, but I'm noticing Valentine's Day stuff in the stores.  It's only a month away!  Surprise your sweetie with some green treats this Valentine’s Day!  Here are some gift ideas.  

Chocolate:

Order some fantastic chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate.  They have chocolate bars, gourmet chocolates, and gift sets.  They support a bunch of really important eco-causes, too, so you can feel good about buying your chocolate from them!  

Coffee:  

Do you have a coffee fanatic in your life?  Consider buying them a membership for a coffee CSA as a Valentine!  

Flowers:

Seek out eco-friendly flower options.  I also love potted plants as a Valentine gift, because you can enjoy it over and over again.  Indoor herb plants make a nice flower alternative as well.  

From the kids:

Look for a local paint-your-own pottery place and have your kids paint a reusable coffee mug.  It’s a perfect gift for an adult to bring to work or their favorite coffee shop.  It’s fun and a wonderful keepsake, too!  Consider pairing with tea or coffee.

For the kids:

If you want to avoid sweets, a small eco-friendly toy or book can make a wonderful Valentine.  Joobles are cute little stuffed animals and Little Helpers books are educational and green!

A romantic dinner:

The greenest route is, obviously to cook at home - from scratch.  Personally, I’m not a great cook and spending Valentine’s Day trying to cook something is more frustrating than romantic.  So, I’d look for green restaurant choices.  Look for restaurants walking distance from your home and take a romantic moonlit walk to and from your meal.  

Also, do a little research and find which restaurants near you are green.  Some might be Certified Green Restaurants.   Others may use local ingredients - use Local Harvest and do a restaurant search by zip code.   Even if some restaurants don’t show up in the database, many restaurants still have a commitment to local and green.  Check out their websites or make a few phone calls.

Jewelry:

Check out Brilliant Earth's collection of ethical and eco-friendly jewelry.  Victoria Tane has upcycled pieces that are guarunteed to wow.