“Valentine’s Day doesn’t produce as much waste as Christmas or even Easter, but when you consider what goes into a card or some flowers, it’s easy to understand that a few small changes make a big difference for the environment,” said Rebecca Jewell, recycling programs manager, Waste Management.
Alternative Valentine’s Day gifts can reduce energy consumption and use of chemicals and pesticides, and also support fair labor practices in countries that produce flowers, gems and precious metals for jewelry.
- Buy cards made from recycled paper – and recycling the cards instead of throwing them out significantly reduces the amount of holiday-generated waste.
- Consider buying heirloom jewelry from a vintage jewelry dealer. If you want to buy new, choose a jeweler whose gems and precious metals are certified ecologically friendly.
- Consider buying organic flowers, which helps support farmers who are leading the way to sustainability.
- Don’t forget to recycle that box of chocolates. But the shiny chocolate wrappers have to go with the trash.
“You can be good to your loved ones and the environment on Valentine’s Day without shortchanging either of them,” said Jewell. “It just takes a little forethought and creativity.”
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