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Valentine's Day will soon be here, which means that you're likely thinking how you're going to celebrate this year and what you're going to give that special someone. Perhaps you're even thinking about how you can reduce your carbon footprint while you're at it! Because unfortunately, special occasions like Valentine's Day often produce terrible amounts of waste and require a tonne of resources. However, I'm here to let you know that you can spread the love while also showing appreciation for the planet, too. "How's that?" I hear you ask! Keep on reading to find out...
Cards and handwritten notes have proven to be particularly special during the Covid-19 pandemic because many of us aren't able to see our loved ones face to face. Due to the lockdown restrictions, it's understandable that handwritten gestures are making a comeback, so you shouldn't feel guilty about wanting to send out cards this year. However, if you are going to send them, try and seek out eco-friendly options such as cards made from recycled materials and can be recycled afterwards. You can even opt for making cards DIY-style as an even more thoughtful gesture!
The tradition of gifting flowers can be traced a long way back in time, potentially as far back as ancient Greece. However, all good things must come to an end, right? The flower industry is resource-intensive and has a high carbon footprint, not to mention its usage of chemicals. A much more sustainable option that's just as romantic (if not, more so) is giving that special someone a beautiful, lush houseplant that will last for many years to come.
If you really want to lower your impact on the planet this Valentine's Day, you could cut out animal products altogether - even if it's just for the day. Brands and supermarkets have gone all out with vegan products this year, so there's plenty to choose from. Whether you're looking for dairy-free whipped cream, heart-shaped treats, or a steak dinner, there's a vegan alternative out there for you!
There are various benefits to cooking from home, it's cheaper, it has a lower carbon footprint, and it likely creates less plastic waste, too. Even if cooking isn't your strong point, it can serve as an intimate, fun way to bond with your loved one on Valentine's Day. Cooking for someone is also a super romantic and thoughtful gesture! So get researching for some luxurious, delicious plant-based recipes that will impress your special someone. Here's some inspiration to get you started:
There's nothing particularly romantic about being glued to your devices all day and night! So try and plan a 'screenless' date night with your loved one for Valentine's Day and see how long you can keep yourselves occupied without the company of technology. If you find that idea too challenging, then start by putting your phones away for the evening - this is still a great place to start if you'd like to reduce your energy usage!
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