Tuesday, February 3, 2009

10 Easy Ways to Be More Sustainable with Valentine's Day

Only eleven days until the holiday where we celebrate love. Of course, showing our love to the people in our lives is paramount on Valentine's Day, but showing our love to people all around the world by helping to make sure they have a healthy earth is important, too. Here are ten easy ways to be a little more sustainable with your celebration this year.
  1. If you're eating out, find a local restaurant that serves most of its food from local sources or small organic farms. A good place to locate one is at Localharvest.org.
  2. If you're eating in, buy what you can locally, and make sure your ingredients are organic and all-natural.
  3. Use soy or beeswax candles to set the mood.
  4. Make a card from things you have around the house instead of buying one.
  5. Buy organic, fair trade chocolates. Try Sweet Earth Chocolates if you can't find any in your local store.
  6. Give locally grown flowers (if you can find them this time of year) or at least make sure the flowers you give were grown organically.
  7. Don't buy new music for your in home dinner. Go to Pandora.com and create a Frank Sinatra station. All night long you'll have a swinging rotation of Frank and his Rat Pack buddies along with some of his other contemporaries and some of our contemporaries like Harry Connick, Jr. and Jamie Cullum. It may not be your normal nightly listening, but for Valentine's Day, it's perfect.
  8. Buy her recycled jewelry.
  9. Buy him a pre-owned box set of Die Hard movies or James Bond movies.
  10. Agree to forgo gifts altogether. Your love is enough, right?
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