You mean the WORLD to me!
Posted 19 February 2015 12:00 AM by Amanda Goetsch, Sustainability Manager at Inpro
Did you know*…
Around a billion valentines are sent each year globally, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas—laid end to end these cards would stretch around the world 5 times!
· 25% of all seasonal cards annually are valentines
· Over 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year
· Valentine’s Day is the top holiday for fresh flower purchases with red roses being most popular
· 10% of engagements happen on Valentine’s Day
Here are some creative ways to show how much you care while also showing some love for the planet!
Skip the card
Spending $5 and 20 minutes searching for a card doesn’t show the ones in your life how much you truly love them. Opt for a handmade or handwritten letter on recycled paper! Write a poem or list all the reasons why your special person is pretty rad. If your children are obligated to give cards to everyone in their classroom, help them make their own out of recycled paper.
Flowers—“I’d pick you any day!”
Try something unique that will last much longer than flowers; potted plants will be a reminder of your love for years to come. If you do opt for flowers try to find ones that are locally and organically grown.
Chocolate + Honey—Oh how sweet!
Nothing says you’re so sweet like the gift of chocolate. What’s even sweeter is if you give that chocoholic in your life a treat with a conscience. Choose fair-trade and organic chocolate to show you not only care about the love of your life but also about the farmers and families who produced it! Don’t forget dark chocolate is packed with healthy antioxidants! Local honey is also a lovely gift that will last a while and has many health benefits!
If you’re searching for a gift, go vintage! Antique jewelry, or another retro gift will be meaningful without using new resources. Homemade gifts always show thoughtfulness so if you’re craft try a piece of art or a knit scarf (hello Pinterest!)
Chefs for a Night + Wine
Making a reservation at a select restaurant is always fun. However, cooking at home with that special someone can also be fun and offer quality time together. Try creating a dinner menu with local, organic, or even homegrown food. There are plenty of delicious organic wines on the market as well to pair well with your tasty entrees! Save the cork, they can be donated to participating Whole Foods stores!
Make a donation
If you’re looking for a gift for the person who already has everything, consider giving a donation gift in their name. Local humane societies, conservation groups or state parks are organizations to donate to locally. Heifer International and other global organizations could also be a sweet fit! Booking a retreat in a wildlife reserve, park or natural area also helps fund outdoor activities year round.
*Information from American Greetings Corporation