A More Sustainable Valentine’s Day
A heart and Earth craft to spread awareness for a sustainable Valentine's Day.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we can all take more steps to help reduce waste and our footprint on the planet in order to create a more sustainable Valentine’s Day. Here are some tips for how to love the Earth while you’re loving each other (and yourselves!)

  • Try to gift your partner or yourself experiences instead of physical things! This helps reduce how much waste you create, and can also be a great idea for people who prefer spending time together instead of stuff!
  • Avoid single-use plastics: try not to buy cheap plastic mass-produced items from big box stores that are more than likely produced unethically and non-environmentally, and will most likely end up back in landfills. Plastic can take anywhere from 20 to 500 years to decompose if it ever does. It can also end up in waterways, damaging ecosystems across the planet. Plastics are also made in an environmentally destructive way, poisoning the planet with toxic runoff.
  • Check your candy for palm oil! Many brands that are sold en masse contain palm oil, the farming of which has led to mass deforestation in many southern hemisphere regions, which then destroys homes for a very large quantity of Earth’s species, aiding in extinction.
  • Support local when you can! Shopping local is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint and therefore save the earth.

Valentine’s Day is a custom in our lives to spread kindness, love, and appreciation for those around us. Showing the same kindness, love, and appreciation to the planet is just as effortless! Try these tips out to create a more sustainable Valentine’s Day.

How to Celebrate Valentine's Day Sustainably

Valentine's Day is the second largest card-giving holiday after Christmas, with over one billion cards given on the holiday. These cards are often laminated in plastic, covered in glitter, or otherwise decorated in a way that makes them unable to be recycled. Giving chocolate is normalized on the holiday, but most of that chocolate is unethically sourced.

Palm oil - deforestation for everyday products

Palm oil is literally everywhere - in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. It's a source of huge profits for multinational corporations, while at the same time destroying the livelihoods of smallholders. Displacement of indigenous peoples, deforestation and loss of biodiversity are all consequences of our palm oil consumption.

The lifecycle of plastics

Plastic. It's everywhere. It has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time plastic has transformed everything from packaging to product design and retailing. One of the advantages of plastic is that it is designed to last, but this same blessing is a curse as nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today.


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