With Valentines Day quickly approaching, I wanted to take a second to share with you some great green alternatives to give your sweetie this year!
- Organic Flowers
- Vegan/Organic Cotton lingerie- This can be found online. Some suggestions are urban fox and purrfect pineapples
- Fair Trade Gifts- If you are in the Akron Area I suggest the Market Path, or you can look online
- Adopt a pet- If you want one for keeps, I suggest visiting a local animal shelter or if you’re in the Akron area, One of a Kind Pets. If you have a specific breed in mind or want to see your options check out PetFinder.com. This website allows you to specify breed, size, age, etc but only pulls from local animal shelters and rescues. You can also specify how many miles you are willing to look within!
- If you are not ready to adopt a pet with your honey or already have a pet, you can still adopt an animal! There are many animal rescues that allow you to adopt an animal to help keep them feed and healthy. Some great examples include farm sanctuary where you can adopt a rescued farm animal, you can help keep orangutans safe from the destruction of rainforests (their home and source of food), or choose from a variety of endangered species through the World Wildlife Fund.. you can even adopt a pair of meerkats in spirit of the day of couples!
- Donate to a worthy cause! You can donate to your favorite charity- some of my favorites include The Somaly Mam Foundation which helps stop sex trafficking around the world (you can even “donate” by purchasing products that are handmade by the rescued victims) and LifeStraws,which is a foundation that produces straws which have built in filters that are worn around the neck of inhabitants of third world countries so that they can have easy access to clean drinking water. They only run at about $6.50 a straw and can be used for one year!
- Buy them something really unique- Some fun examples could be to adopt a word for them. Save the Words is a website dedicated to keeping underused words in the English Dictionary. Another idea would be to buy them a star through the International Star Registry.
Even if you have already gotten a present, you still have the opportunity to finish it off with an eco touch! Here are some nice, green ideas on how to wrap your present
- Recycle your brown bags from the grocery store by wrapping your presents with them
- Whole Living magazine published a fabulous article on making your own bows using pages out of magazines. To see how click here.
- Instead of buying a gift bag, put your present in a a reuseable tote. That way, the bag can be used again and has potential to encourage your special someone to cut down on their use of plastic bags.
- If you are thinking about getting flowers, use a waterbottle as a vase (keep the lid so it can be recycled once the flowers are out of it!)