Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Say no to cuddly toys and plastic waste and show you care – not just for your loved one, but for the planet!

Chocolates and Flowers are staples of Valentine’s Day but we can probably all agree that the same box of truffles and supermarket bouquet do get a little boring….

Read on for some sustainable solutions to date night, gifts, and romance.

Shop Local for Sweet Treats

Know a local chocolatier that you can support, rather than lining the pockets of huge corporations? According to Frank at Frankly Delicious chocolate, there’s over 1.5 million children working illegally on cocoa farms. Big companies have known about this issue for years and have yet to make any real changes and most are unable to tell you exactly where their cocoa comes from.

Change your chocolate and the world with ethical companies such as Frankly Delicious. Frank, its owner and founder, has gone from chocolatier to chocolate maker ensuring fully-traceable cocoa supplies.

I was introduced to Cocoa Tree last year and was immediately addicted to their bright colours and insanely delicious flavours. They were actually our table favours on Christmas Day!

A family-run chocolatier and café based in Manchester, Cocoa Tree uses quality ingredients to create bars, buttons, hand-crafted pralines and personalised gifts.

Their amazing collections can be sent across the UK, so take a look at their website and try to decide on your favourite flavours.

Ditch the Meat

Try a vegetarian option for this year’s romantic meal. From passionate pizzas to sexy stir-fries, get creative in the kitchen together and cook up some romance!

If you can’t resist a meaty main course, take a trip together to a local farm shop. Grab everything you need for your meal then get cooking together!

Jewellery

Did you know that precious metals such as silver have a huge environmental impact? From unethical labour to pollution, your sparkly accessories might just have gloomy origins.

I was lucky enough to meet Natalie, the owner, founder and creative silversmith behind Milly and Tilly. Their jewellery collection is made from 100% recycled silver, sea glass and beach pottery from Britain’s beaches.

Cards

There’s no denying that a greetings card is a staple of Valentine’s Day to express your love or tease a secret admirer. As much as £1.7 Billion has been spent on greeting cards in the UK with Valentine’s Day one of the biggest card-buying times of the year.

Send your secret admirer an eco-friendly alternative this year with BeeEcoFriendly. Their Valentine’s collection is made from plantable paper so, not only do you get a card, you can also grow wildflowers!

Throw it in the garden rather than the bin, for a Valentine’s gift that your garden, bees and butterflies will love.

Gift Sets

Don’t grab the Dove body wash set again, choose a gift set that means something! Perfect for a cosy night in to enjoy by yourself or with a special someone, the ECOnsider ‘Little Box of Love’ Valentine’s Day Gift Box is the perfect pamper set featuring a selection of gorgeous pure, natural goodies made with carefully selected essential oils such as Ylang-Ylang, Grapefruit, Bergamot and Patchouli.

Why not try out one of our great gift sets? There’s loads to choose from, so you’ll find something perfect for your Valentine.

Candles & Wax Melts

Candles are always a popular gift idea, as they last a long time and smell delicious!

With the growing popularity of wax melts its important to remember that soy wax isn’t as eco friendly and sustainable as you might think. The use of soy wax is responsible for deforestation in parts of the world as well as increased levels of greenhouse gases from soy production.

Scentessentials has started to change their candle and wax melt collection to use coconut wax to reduce their environmental impact. Using 100% essential oils in their products, the high quality allows for an incredible scent throw.

Fairtrade Flowers

Despite their beauty, the floristry industry has an ugly truth including child labour, insufficient wages, and sexual harassment.

The environmental impact of shipping cut flowers is enormous, not to mention the use of pesticides to force growth in time for the one of the biggest flower-buying times of the year.

When you buy Fairtrade you can be sure of the highest ethical and environmental standards, including the safety and working conditions for their employees.

Fairtrade flower workers receive an extra 10% for each stem sold. This money funds education, families, healthcare and communities, among other things. 

Resist roses and choose a more locally-available blooms such as posies, foxglove, daffodils and crocus.

For a longer-lasting gift, why not choose a house plant? As well as bringing nature indoors, certain types of plant have additional benefits such as purifying the air and can even help to reduce stress. Treat your loved one to a Mind, Body and Soil subscription box complete with a specially selected plant for your home and a box of themed treats.


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