Green Tip: Have A Green Valentine’s Day

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND February 11, 2009

The classic Valentine's color is Red. But what about having a GREEN Valentine's Day instead? Remember, you can have a great Valentine's Day, as well as be conscious of the Earth. Here are some ways to go about making your Valentine's Day GREEN:

*Rather than give cut flowers, buy a small tree or flowering plant that can be planted at a later date. That way, your gifts lasts longer, and the Earth benefits, too.

*If your Valentine expects the gift of jewelry, shop estate sales and vintage jewelry shops, rather than buying a newly created silver or gold bauble.

*Whenever possible, send e-cards rather than throwaway paper cards. Or, look for printed cardstock you already have lying around at home, that can be reinvented with a little effort. Or, better yet, buy a plantable card embedded with seeds, which your Valentine can bury and watch bloom.

*Homemade baked treats are fun, inexpensive and widely appreciated. And no trees are harmed in the process

*Buy organic chocolate made from cocoa beans farmed in earth-friendly ways rather than mass-produced chocolate whose beans were cultivated with unfriendly farming practices.

*Rather then head out for dinner, why not have dinner at home? And while you're at it, use local fruits, vegetables, and other products. The closer to home your food is grown, the lower its environmental impact is. Try to eat things that haven't been shipped across the country by a tractor-trailer.

*Eat dinner by candlelight. Turn off the lights to save energy, as well as creating a romantic mood

For even more ideas on how to GREEN up your Valentine's Day, check out this  Green Guide on the subject.

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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