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The Meaning of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day. A day of love and a day of gifts. Valentines Day, which dates back to the 14th century, is associated with romantic love, where lovers used to exchange gifts as tokens of their affection.
Today, it is a day when we express our love and appreciation for the ones we care about the most, whether it’s our romantic partners, best friends, or family.
Valentine’s Day’s Eco Impact
While many people exchange chocolates and flowers on this day, it’s vital to consider the environmental impact of these products. Purchasing these may show that you care about your partner, but at what cost to the environment?
We spend billions of dollars on gifts each year such as chocolates, balloons and teddy bears, all of which contribute to pollution.
Did you know that for a typical valentines day, the 100 million roses grown for the US produce around 9,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions? Or that the cocoa in chocolate is causing global deforestation in places such as West Africa, Indonesia and Peru?
In the US alone, Valentine’s Day celebrations and gifts cause more carbon emissions than driving around the earth 3,993 times!
Celebrate and Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day
So, this year, express your love for the environment and your loved ones by celebrating an eco-friendly valentine's day and purchasing gifts that can be used well (instead of flowers that just wither away).
Shop our products this Valentine’s Day and show how much you love sustainability!
Eco Friendly Gifts
If you’re a couple and stressed about Valentines gifts - look no further. Rather than buying into single use gifts, check out something you could buy together like our couples home bundle! This bundle is filled with products from responsible manufacturers that are either part of 1% for the planet, B-certified, zero waste, carbon neutral, built to do good, and are organic.
Activated Charcoal Face Wash
Planning a spa night-in with your significant other on Valentine’s Day? Check out our Activated Charcoal Face Wash. It produces a rich and sudsy lather for a luxurious skincare routine, and it’s made with all natural components including activated charcoal, organic shea butter and coconut oil.
Handmade Shaving Soap
If you’re wanting your partner clean-shaven for a Valentines Day smooch, our Handmade Shaving Soap is what you’re looking for. Great for all skin types, our vegan and palm oil free shaving soap is also manufactured in a carbon-neutral warehouse, making it even better for the environment!
Our Assorted BeesWraps are perfect for that Valentine’s Day picnic you’ve been planning. They are reusable, water resistant, airtight, and the best part is there’s zero plastic waste. Great for packaging some goodies for a memorable Valentine’s Day date.
Organic Shea Lotion Bar
Want to pamper your partner with high quality skincare? Our Organic Shea Lotion Bar is packed with shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is also a great eco Valentine’s Day gift for someone struggling with skin conditions such as allergies, eczema or dermatitis.
Don’t Forget to Ditch the Wrapping Paper
Our final eco tip for Valentine’s Day is to ditch the wrapping paper around your gifts. Wrapping paper from Christmas, birthdays, Valentines Day, and weddings spend years wasting away in landfills. Avoiding this means you are avoiding a heap of waste!
Two alternative examples to using gift wrap this Valentines day are:
- Reusing old wrapping or gift bags you have received over the years
- Furoshiki: the Japanese art of wrapping gifts using fabric. This fabric can then be re-used by the individual who you give the gift to.
Valentines Day Sustainability
Being conscious of your eco impact on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to miss out on fun or romance. You can still show people you care with simple sustainable gifts and the intangible memories you create together!