Eco-Conscious Living Tips

Zero Waste Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, like in 3 days, I propose a challenge. Instead of buying your significant other flowers, chocolate or cards, why not show them love with zero waste alternatives? As I’ve mentioned before, I have been trying to find ways to be less wasteful, which includes gift-giving. Buying gifts whether online or in stores means unnecessary plastic packaging, using wrapping paper or gift bags and cards. As much as I love receiving cards with kind words, I feel overwhelmed when I have so much stuff I have to find a place for in my home.

This year, I asked J to not get me any gifts, but to be creative with the holiday. Here are 10 zero-waste alternatives for Valentine’s Day:

  1. Pick flowers from your front or back yard. There is such a thing as pretty weeds 😉
  2. Cook a zero waste meal or picnic. Buy ingredients either in bulk from Whole Foods or Sprouts and anything that isn’t individually wrapped in plastic. Remember to bring reusable utensils and napkins and recycle and compost as much as you can.
  3. Make your own candles. Conventional candles are pretty toxic and pollute your home. Follow this easy recipe to make your own candles and put it in a jar you already own.
  4. Start a garden. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday, why don’t you start a garden together? Nothing says romance than seeds and dirt or give your significant other the gift of life, a plant!
  5. If you eat out, share a meal and/or bring a container for your leftovers! I haven’t been great with remembering to bring a container so I’ve been finishing my meal instead. Don’t use a disposable container.
  6. Use a picture frame to write a love note. Take out the picture in the frame and use an erasable marker to write on the glass.
  7. Make a memory by exploring something new. J and I are going to have a zero-waste picnic at the Arboretum since neither of us have ever been.
  8. Give each other a massage using sweet almond oil. You can find almond oil at Whole Foods.
  9. Use sustainable fair trade condoms for sexy time. It may be a little late to get them online in time for Saturday, but at least now you know!
  10. Make a gift at home, which doesn’t have to be something new, but can be as simple as an act of kindness. Make the bed, wash the dishes, clean the house can be gifts for your significant other.

What are your plans for Saturday? I still don’t know what I’m cooking for our picnic, but I’m leaning towards these black bean flautas or chickpea sandwich.

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