Love, Sustainably

It’s Valentine’s Day soon, and although there are those who will pooh-pooh the idea of just one day to tell someone you love them, we look at this as an additional opportunity to show how you love our earth, too.

We’ve rounded up four different ways to express your romantic side, sustainably.

  1. Cut flowers. Did you know that many cut flowers are purchased from companies in South America and Latin America? (California is a huge producer, too.) You can get organic cut flowers, but we encourage you to go the extra mile and purchase cut flowers from a Fair Trade source, like FlorVerde.org. During peak seasons like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, women in Africa and South America can work up to 18-hour days cutting and bagging flowers for sale in the US, all while being exposed to pesticides. And larger companies, like FTD and 1800Flowers, are also hopping on the bandwagon: You can find Fair Trade flowers there, too, by searching for the term on their web sites.

  2. Get an experiential present. What Valentine wouldn’t love a night out at a concert, or an evening in, maybe, with a nice home-cooked meal? Or maybe even consider a pack of yoga lessons you can take together–or, really, any kind of lesson. Learning something new together, like a language, can be incredibly romantic!

  3. Make a donation. Everyone has a cause that’s close to their heart. Find out what your loved one’s favorite charity is, and make a donation. (Our founder Megan is a huge fan of A Place Called Home. We know what we’re getting her for Valentine’s Day!)

  4. Buy something reclaimed. You knew we were going to say it: If you are buying something new, look for something salvaged, reclaimed, or upcycled. A mirror for your loved one’s pretty face, like this one, is bound to be a hit. Or maybe breakfast in bed, served on this tray. And guess what? If they’re done right, reclaimed, upcycled or salvaged items will be one of a kind–no two reclaimed items will ever be the same.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Let us know–we want to hear.

(Photo Credit: David Goehring).

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.