I don’t know about you, but I find that Valentine’s Day has become rather more about commercialism, and rather less about romance. Perhaps you’re looking for some environmentally friendly gift inspiration, or a simple way to celebrate with your loved one, and avoid the madness!
From showering loved ones with gifts to taking a beloved out for a candlelit dinner, for many, this weekend will be all about romantic gestures. With a little mindful thinking however, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to cost the earth, and you can still spoil your loved one without spoiling the planet or your pocket.
Here’s a few tips, put together by the Rainforest Alliance, as part of their #FollowTheFrog campaign.
- Breakfast in bed – surprise your loved one by bringing them breakfast in bed. Make sure that the coffee, tea and juice has come from a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farm. The little green frog on the packaging – such as a Happy Monkey smoothie or a lovely cup of tea – is your assurance that it was grown using methods that protect forests, soils and waterways on farms that provide decent wages, housing, education and health care to workers and their families.
2. Make your own card – by using the paper and card out of your recycling box you can make a unique card that not only will mean so much as it has the personal touch, it’s also free and has little impact on the environment.
Just one idea to get those creative juices flowing is to cut out loads of heart shapes from cereal boxes, envelopes and whatever else is in your recycling, stick them all together to make a huge heart mosaic.
3. Say it with flowers – Nothing says “I love you” like a beautiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. Unfortunately, there’s nothing beautiful about conventional flower farming, which poisons soil and waterways and exposes workers to toxic pesticides. If you are giving flowers this Valentine’s Day then make sure they come from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, where farm workers, their families and the land are protected. Find out more about where your Valentine’s Flowers come from on our Partner Zone at The Guardian. There are lots of ethically sourced flowers available online – just spare the time to take a look.
4. Go for a romantic stroll – wrap up warm, take your loved one by the hand and go for a walk in your local park or along the river, it’s free and environmentally friendly! Stop off at your local cafe, and see if they have some Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee (just look for the little green frog staring up at you).
5. Intimate night in – Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at home while saving carbon emissions and money. When selecting the perfect bottle of wine to complement your meal, choose one that has a cork stopper, particularly if it’s certified by the Rainforest Alliance to meet the environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mediterranean cork forests provide refuge for the Iberian lynx and other endangered species and support local farmers who harvest the cork bark, in a sustainable manner, without damaging the trees, leaving them standing for future generations.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed my little post. Thanks to the Rainforest Alliance for the wonderful tips.
Wishing you and yours a happy and sustainable Valentine’s Day!