Love is in the air
By: Hope Titley
On February 14th we love showing those around us how much we care, but at what environmental cost?

With 1 billion cards being sent worldwide (most of which are sent to landfill) and 100 million roses being tossed away after this special day, what changes can we make this year to keep our Valentines, Galentines, or even Palentines (yes we said that) eco-friendly?

Get creative with your gift-giving and see some of our suggestions and alternative ideas below.

Fresh cut flowers are overdone, why not buy a house plant to last a lifetime or some dried flowers that will last longer than a few weeks.

Get your oven on and bake something instead of buying plastic-covered sweets and chocolates, not only does this require your time and effort but can also bring that freshly baked yummy smell throughout your home.

With most of us being stuck in our homes, give your loved one something to look forward to. Planning an experience together is a great way to keep your gift sustainable instead of buying something just because. Writing IOUs and keeping them in a glass jar is the gift that can keep on giving.

Avoid buying pyjamas or underwear that will only be worn for this one occasion. Ask yourself, ‘do I really need this?’ before you purchase. If you do need it, buying from slow fashion and sustainable brands is always the best option.

Even on Valentine’s day itself, take a flask of tea to a park bench, go stargazing. There are so many things for you to do; make your own card, bring breakfast to the bed – as we have all learnt this year, it is the little things that make a difference.

At the end of the day, you know your loved ones better than anyone else, so be creative, be thoughtful, give them your time and show them love!