Green your valentines
10 February 2021
By Hayley Carmichael
Share your love this Valentines with these eco-inspirations to reduce waste and even save some money…
Love your planet too
Every 14th February much of the world embraces Valentine’s Day. Whether you are sharing your love with a partner, friends or family, or just giving yourself a treat, these ideas will ensure that your Valentine celebrations show the planet a little love too.
Did you know that over a billion cards are sold and sent each year, with Valentine’s Day just behind Christmas in the card stakes. That is a lot of waste once the celebration is over.
An edible message
Save paper by presenting your Valentine with a message they can eat. These love heart biscuits are a treat for the eye as well as the taste buds and you can personally craft your message so it is meaningful.
Dinner with a heart
Show the planet some love with a veggie dinner to delight. Whether it’s dinner for one, two or even more, check out these suggestions for a three course meal that won’t cost the earth.
Starter – these char grilled courgette rolls are so easy and yet look so swish and they are so tasty without being too filling so plenty of room for the rest of the meal.
Main – this super simple ravioli with artichokes, leek and lemon is light enough to make anyone float with happiness. With shop bought ravioli it is also handy for those that don’t cook much!
Dessert – try this delectable double chocolate torte with a pecan crust. Delish.
Giving a gift?
- Make sure chocolate is fair trade
- Offer a plant instead of cut flowers
- Hand make something from a scarf (Feb is usually the coldest month of the year) to cupcakes.
- Buy organic, locally produced fizz for a feel-good glass of bubbles
- Buy an experience like a massage, or craft class to look forward to after lockdown is over.
And if you aren’t feeling the love this Valentine’s day that is okay too. This Bustle article has some tips on how to deal with feeling low on the day.