Pink is out-go green

Pink is out-go green

8 February, 2013
Valentine's Day
Go green this Valentine's Day
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February 14 – Valentine’s Day. Depending on your relationship status, you could either love it or hate it. But, thanks to the work of some clever marketers, Valentine’s Day is a big business that has the potential to make a huge impact on the environment. A few quick facts:

  • Approximately one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year globally, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas
  • Over 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year
  • 110 million roses will be sold and delivered within a three-day time frame, with red roses being most popular

 
Looking at those statistics, can you imagine the amount of waste that comes from it? Take the Valentine’s Day cards for example: if you laid one billion cards end to end, it would circle around the world 5 times! How many trees are we cutting down for this?

Now that you know, there’s no excuse for you not to be more environmentally aware this year. Although pink is the traditional color, go green this Valentine’s Day! Here are a few tips on how to keep it green, no matter how you decide to spend the day:

Cards
If you insist on sending a card to that special someone, choose recycled or tree-free paper. You could also consider sending an e-card instead.

Chocolates
Opt for fair trade or organic chocolate – you’ll feel better knowing you’re eating a sustainable product. Honest!

Flowers
If possible, choose organic or locally grown flowers. Or even better: gift a potted flower/plant that can keep on living long after Valentine’s Day is over.

Dining
Go to a local restaurant that offers organic or local food. Staying in? Prepare your meal with locally grown ingredients, available at various farmers markets and local farms.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking, but we’d love to hear your great ideas in the comments below!

Image via: www.ecotelligenthomes.com

By: Ecozine Staff
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