Show Some Green Lovin’
Since we all now need to be making better choices concerning the impact we’re having on the environment, surely this special day shouldn’t be an exception. A celebration of love should certainly involve showing your love for the world surrounding us as well.
Buy recycled, recycle any cards received, or alternatively, make your own cards.
Fleurtations of Shrewsbury source locally, where possible and reduce air miles when importing is required. They also grow their Calla Lily's at their family market farm in Norfolk in season.
Blooming Green do everything they can to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
The 'green' florists grow their flowers in the middle of a fruit farm in Kent.
They supply wedding flowers and also offer a pick-your-own service. Blooming Green love seasonality, peat-free compost, bees and insects, compostable packaging, buying local, recycling and reusable vases, community and farmers. Their love of all of the above helps them to be a green florist. For more information on their eco efforts, check out their website.
have teamed up with Tregothnan
(voted amongst the 50 Best UK Florists by The Independent), to provide beautiful flower bouquets, grown in the UK. All bouquets are made with flowers either grown on the estate in Cornwall or sourced from local growers, many of them who are tenants on Tregothnan land. Tregothnan is committed to sustainability, minimal flower miles and the seasonality that comes from offering English flowers.Chocolate
Fair Trade chocolates say you care more, and not just about the recipient. For gift ideas go to Green and Blacks
If you’re extremely carbon-conscious (or if you agree that it’s so much more romantic), you could make your Valentine some homemade chocolates with a personal message on. Wine and Champagne
Celebrate with organic wine or champagne. Organic wines are made from grapes which are cultivated without recourse to synthetic fungicides, herbicides or fertilisers.
Tesco have a range of organic wines at reasonable prices.
Vintage Roots also produce a wide range of organic beverages.
Alternative Gift Ideas
Every year, Lush create a range of Valentine's goodies. We have mentioned Lush's environmental factor a few times before now and we have a few avid Lush fans here at WasteConnect! Lush offer fantastic gifts and lovely little treats. Their packaging is minimal and both recycled and recyclable. Lush accept plastic bottle tops, along with their own plastic pots for recycling. Gifts are lovingly wrapped with recycled paper and protected using Ecoflow; which is made from potato starch and is 100% biodegradable.
Gift boxes are packaged with biodegradable filler.
Check out this year's Valentine's offerings on their website, or in store!
Love Eco have some nice, romantic gifts on their website.
For more eco-friendly gifts and ideas for Valentine’s day, visit Nigel's Eco Store.
Instead of shopping online, why not look local? Small boutiques often sell a wide range of beautiful, original goods. This also saves on delivery miles (and charges!).
Happy Valentine's Day