Roses are red. Violets are blue, and your Valentine’s Day can be green too. While typically we associate hearts and colors of red and white with Valentine’s Day, the holiday of cards, flowers, and chocolates is an opportunity to share your love for the planet as well.
In fact, if you’re not careful, Valentine’s Day can be one of the most wasted days of the year. But with these tips, tricks, and hacks, you’ll not only show your love for the planet, you’ll create a memorable experience your children, family, or even that special bae isn’t likely to soon forget.
What to get that special someone
Cards, chocolate, candy, and flowers – sure, they’re the go-to gift for that special someone, but what happens when the cards are discarded, chocolate consumed, and flowers wilted. These “gift” ideas are sure to create a memorable experience for bae and benefit the planet too:
- If you’re set on the idea of flowers, consider a plant instead. Many varieties may yield flowers for season to come.
- Gift an experience such as a massage, movie, or concert ticket, or a night out.
- Cook together. Share the experience of savory tastes and smells.
- Take a hike or make it a picnic for an unforgettable experience.
Don’t waste the love
So, once you’ve consumed or wilted what Bae gave you, make sure you Know What To Throw from our Valentine’s Day dos and don’ts.
- Do recycle aluminum cans.
- Do recycle cardboard boxes from gifts or flowers.
- Do recycle card envelopes.
- Do recycle wine bottles.
- Take plastic floral wraps back to participating stores (think grocery and hardware stores) for recycling.
- Do recycle cardboard chocolate and gift boxes.
- Do recycle plain paper greeting cards (Valentine’s without metal, plastic, musical, glitter, and foil add-ons).
- Do NOT attempt to recycle Valentine’s with metal, plastic, glitter, or foil add-ons.
- Do NOT attempt to recycle flowers. Compost them if you participate in a home-based or local composting program.
- Do NOT attempt to recycle candy wrappers.
- Do NOT attempt to recycle ribbons and bows.
- Do NOT recycle diamonds, rings, chocolate, wine, food, or beverages of any kind. You’re welcome to send these to us.
Our tips, tricks, and hacks for a green Valentine’s Day are sure to make your loved one feel special and show your love for our planet.
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