Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It’s always good to shower the people you love with love, and this year, that’s especially true. We could all use a pick-me-up right now – a little joy, a little beauty, and an extra dose of love and kindness.
Make your gift more loving by also showing kindness to the planet.
let’s talk about flowers
Flowers are one of the countless gifts of beauty that the earth offers us. Unfortunately, flowers grown out of season, overfed with fertilizer and shipped long distances are a shipwreck for the environment. Instead of picking up a bouquet of cut flowers or sending a bouquet for Valentine’s Day, try something new.
You may have seen Love Pop’s pitch on Shark Tank, where they struck a deal with Kevin O’Leary. Love Pop makes beautiful bouquets of paper cut flowers. Their bouquets are much cheaper than other flowers on Valentine’s Day.
Does your loved one have the patience to wait for spring to see their flowers bloom? Check out the gardener’s supply company. They have a number of gifts that will reward this patience in due time. Check out these wildflower seed balls for a rainbow of blooms that support garden biodiversity.
Candlelight is almost synonymous with romance. Don’t spoil the mood by lighting candles that release potentially harmful pollutants or VOCs from chemical fragrances. Look for candles made from sustainably sourced beeswax or palm wax and natural fragrances.
The Package Free Shop sells these palm wax pillar candles. Bonus: The candles come in minimal packaging that you can recycle or compost – a great gift for the planet.
Offer coffee, tea and cocoa from organic farming
You can almost never go wrong with gifts that warm your honey in the middle of February. Try these gourmet drinks to chase away the cold this winter.
Understanding certifications can help ensure your coffee purchase is safer for the planet and workers. According to Smithsonian Magazine, your best bet when it comes to coffee is to look for USDA organic certification and Fair-Trade certified brands.
Try Larry’s Certified B-Corp Coffee for a wide variety of organic coffee blends. Equal Exchange is one of the first coffee brands to focus on fair trade issues. Equal Exchange is available at many major grocery chains as well as online.
For the tea drinker in your life, look no further than Arbor Teas for a longer lasting cup of tea. They are extremely committed to sustainability. They are certified organic, fair trade and Green America, and their packaging is compostable. Their range of teapots and accessories can turn your loved one’s daily cuppa into a beautiful self-care ritual.
Equal Exchange wins again with their Kosher Dairy Certified Organic Hot Cocoa Blend – or kick your Valentine’s with their Spicy Hot Cocoa Blend. Another fair trade and organic certified cocoa mix is Lake Champlain Chocolates Hot Chocolate Mix.
Give them a warm hug
What could be better in winter than sipping a hot drink under a cozy blanket? Discover Coyuchi’s 100% organic cotton plaid for those who are always cold.
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate, would it? Treat your Valentine to a treat from these top organic chocolatiers.
Les Chocolats Divins are certified fair trade and co-owned by their cocoa producers. Their company is committed to empowering women – more than a third of their co-owners are women. Share these milk chocolate hearts with the people you love.
Raaka sells certified organic chocolate from producers in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania. Their products are all vegan and kosher certified. Try this trio of chocolates from a company that prioritizes living wages for its producers.
Personalized message books
Here is a gift that comes straight from the heart. Knock Knock has a unique collection of What I Love About You books. Each book contains declarations to fill out such as:
- You deserve the __________ award.
- You are great at _________________.
- You have great taste in _________________.
- I love the way you _________________.
There are books for lovers, best friends, grandparents, etc.
What makes these books a good choice for environmentally conscious people is that they are keepers. No one will throw them in the trash.
The downside is that they are wrapped in a plastic sheet. To protect themselves, perhaps? Seems like unnecessary plastic waste, in our opinion. Let Knock Knock know when you order that you prefer they skip the plastic.
Do some virtual window shopping
If you enjoy searching for the perfect gift yourself, check out these enduring online marketplaces.
- Made Trade: sells home goods, furniture and fashion. Owned by women, they review products with a lens of fairness and sustainability.
- Done Good: Called “the Amazon of social good” by Forbes magazine. They do the work on ethical brands so you don’t have to.
- Le petit marché: sells handicrafts from more than 25 countries. Focused on creating economic opportunities for artisans.
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