Valentine's Day is a holiday that allows people all over the world to celebrate their love for each other. For many people, this extends well beyond romantic love. It is simply a way for people to show how much they appreciate all the people in their lives.
The problem is, not all of the typical gifts that are given on Valentine's Day are ethical or good for the environment. Here is a list of some of the most popular gifts that are given on this holiday as well as ways that you can make better choices:
Not all chocolate is created equally. Although you may be tempted to purchase chocolate based purely on its flavor, there are other considerations, as well. In order to make the most ethical and eco-friendly choice, you should only buy organic and fair trade chocolate. Organic chocolate is made from chocolate that hasn't been treated with chemicals. Chocolate that has been fair trade certified also takes this to the next level. With fair trade, the workers are guaranteed to have been paid fairly and the crops grown in an ethical, environmentally responsible way.
One of the most common gifts on Valentine's Day is flowers. However, not all flowers are a good choice from an environmental standpoint. Instead of flower cuttings, consider gifting an organic flowering plant, instead. If you don't want to give a whole plant, feel free to still give cuttings - as long as the flowers were organically grown and taken from local sources.
Wine is a popular beverage to drink during Valentine's Day, and it is also a great gift idea. Traditionally prepare wines, however, are usually made from grapes that were treated with chemicals or that weren't grown in an ethical way. Instead of drinking these wines, consider selecting an organic bottle. When purchasing wine, be sure to select one of these organic choices.
You don't need to skip giving your favorite gifts to your loved ons this year on Valentin's Day! Consider choosing one of these natural and environmentally friendly options for this year's gift.