With Valentine’s Day just a couple of days away, it’s time to spoil that special someone in your life with the usual suspects: chocolates, candy, roses and cards.
But while Cupid is busy match-making, our Earth is taking the hit from his arrow. Just take a look at how much it cost our planet to shower your loved one last year:
– About 35,000 kg of CO2 were emitted by growing 12,000 rose stems.
– Empty wine bottles created 600,000 tonnes of glass waste.
– 12 million cards are sent on Valentine’s Day. The paper industry contributes around 10% of global carbon emissions.
– 3.3 million tones of waste food from hotels, restaurants, and bars were thrown away.
And now you have another reason to feel guilty after inhaling that box of chocolates, as most leave a large carbon footprint since they are imported from other parts of the world.
So how about you show some love to our planet by creating a sustainable Valentine’s Day? Here are some of our favourite ways to dote on that special someone, yourself, and the environment:
1. Buy Tulips Instead of Roses. Tulips are theoretically the best way to reduce the CO2 emitted from growing stems.
2. Go Organic. Organic flowers, organic cacao, organic paper etc. Going organic is easier nowadays with the raising number of brands advocating environmental friendly consumption and it can help reduce pesticides concerns.
3. Go Local. Support locally grown flowers or locally produced chocolates to cut down our carbon footprints.
4. Create Romance at Home. Valentine’s Day can be just as romantic staying in, lighting the fire, pouring some locally-grown wine… you get the jist.
5. Give E-Cards. These personalized gestures of love are never out of trend. They are eco-friendly because they create zero-waste and for all of you last-minute lovers, you can even send them through your smart phone.
6. Gift Green. with these eco-friendly ideas.
7. DIY Shows more Thought. Spending the time and energy to make a gift yourself shows that special someone just how special they are. Try these DIY gift ideas
Remember, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a drag on your wallet or our planet. It truly is the thought that counts, so get creative, go green, and if you don’t have a special someone, spoil yourself!