The holidays are over and most people are settling into the new year. Cleaning and organizing, storing holiday decorations and gift wrap neatly packed up until next year. It’s true the holiday season is the most wasteful time of the year, but not far behind it is Valentine’s day. Valentine’s cards and candy boxes, gift wrap and bows end up in the landfill.
189 Million Stemmed Roses are sold in the US each year on Valentines day. In comparison 1.2 billion are sold throughout the year. It is estimated that 144 million cards are exchanged each Valentine’s Day.
Here are some of the ways you can have a wonderful Green Heart at Valentines this year, and still make your loved ones feel the LOVE.
- Recycle, Recycle, Recycle cards, bottles, boxes and gift wrap
- Re-use cards, boxes, gift wrap and re-purpose them
- Compost what you can
- Send e-cards
- Buy recycled content cards or plantable seed cards
- Buy Organic, fair trade or ethical candies and treats
- Choose restaurants that have living wages, recycle and offer ethical or sustainable food
- Choose evening events that are close by or within walking distance to save emissions
- Buy live plants and flowers that can be replanted
- Buy handcrafted items and/or items made from natural resources
- Take a carriage ride instead of driving
- Support local business and local farmers when possible
- If you travel by air -off set your carbon footprint
- Roses say “I love you” on Valentines day. Try and buy Organic or chemical free Roses from local farms
With the amount of cards thrown out each year (144 million) in a landfill or even recycled, which is far better, but can still pose a problem, it is an enormous carbon footprint in the USA. Imagine if all those cards were planted to make beautiful flowers or Vegetables? That’s a lot of beauty! Could feed a lot of people too! 189 Million Roses purchased each year on Valentine’s Day, has a huge impact on so many issue with the environment with the chemicals used to keep those Roses looking great and blooming for Valentine’s Day, the dyes used to color them, along with the spray to make them shine. It’s far more than the average consumer is aware of. This Valentine’s Day make a commitment to give with a Green Heart and have a Eco Valentine’s Day.