Want to be an eco-conscious cupid this year and show the Earth some love? Here’s how:
Eloisa Orozco, Spokesperson Waste Management of Southern California says, “It makes sense that a few small changes can make a big difference for the environment when you consider all that goes into even the simplest gifts such as flowers and cards. With just a little imagination, you can show the environment love along with the special people in your life this Valentine’s Day.”
Here are five ways to share the love, but not the waste:
1Make it with love – Save money, trees, and other resources by hand-making unique cards and gifts using every day items and recycled goods. You can also fill the hearts and tummies of loved ones by home-cooking a delicious Valentine’s Day meal using local and organic ingredients.
2Be a conscious consumer – Turn traditional gifts green if you prefer to purchase. Second hand stores are great places to find one-of-a-kind treasures. Consider buying heirloom jewelry or if you want to buy new, choose a retailer whose materials are certified ecologically friendly. When shopping for that beautiful bouquet, seek out organic flowers, free of harmful pesticides, from a store that composts and implements other green practices. Alternatively, think about planting flowers or a tree in your sweethearts name for a gift that keeps on giving.
3Give goodies that do good – Consider buying chocolate and other treats that are organic, fair trade and made using sustainable practices. Or, make your own edible gifts to include only organic, local, and quality ingredients.
4Paint the town green – When planning a Valentine’s Day date, consider selecting an eatery that uses local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. If you’re planning a getaway, consider camping, a staycation or a green hotel.
5 Recycle Often. Recycle Right. SM –Show your love for the environment by making the promise to always recycle bottles, cans and paper by visiting RecycleOftenRecycleRight.com.