We are exactly a week away from Valentine’s Day, so if you haven’t figured out what gifts you are giving to loved ones, now is the time to start. Sustainable and local gifts also show your love for your community and the planet.
Organic or local flowers. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a big bouquet. But the environmental footprint of flowers can be huge. According to studies, supplying the 100 million roses ordered for a typical Valentine’s Day produces 9,900 tons of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions. And the pesticides used in large scale flowers farms in many places are cause for concern. But you don’t have to give up on blossoms for you beau. Instead look for organically grown flowers and/or locally grown flowers.
Give local wine, preferably one that is made organically and/or sustainably. Local wines don’t travel as far so they have a smaller carbon footprint. Spending money at a local vineyard also supports local industry and your community.
Organic Chocolates. Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest chocolate giving occasions of the year. Organically grown chocolates are made from ingredients produced without any pesticides or fungicides. Which is better for both you and the environment.