Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and if you’re lucky enough to spend the holiday with someone special this year, you’ve probably been brainstorming a few ideas of what to get them. Look no further – here are some sustainable gifts to get your significant other this year to show them how much they (and the earth!) mean to you:
Use recycled paper to write a loving card
Skip the Hallmark section of your local drug store and write a heartfelt note on recycled or plantable paper this year. Not only will it be much more personal, but you will be helping to reduce the amount of trees, water, and chemicals that go into making these unsustainable greeting cards.
Adopt an Animal
Help protect a wild species and their habitat by symbolically adopting an animal for your partner this Valentine’s Day. Your significant other’s favorite animal is sure to be on the list of over 100 species that you can adopt via the World Wildlife Foundation.
Organic, Vegan, and Fair-Trade Chocolate
Chocolate is a staple for Cupid’s favorite holiday, but unfortunately the chocolate industry can be rather unsustainable. Support fair-trade companies, such as Mars Chocolate who have pledged to use only certified, sustainable cocoa in all of their products by 2020, and purchase ethical chocolate this year as a gift for your loved one. For more options, check out the Food Empowerment Project’s list of vegan chocolate.
Plant a Tree
Trees provide oxygen, preserve soil, protect wildlife, improve air quality, and so much more. Help replenish our forests and support the Arbor Day Foundation, National Forest Foundation, or the U.S. Forest Service by donating money and giving the gift of a tree.
Diamonds may seem like the perfect gift for your Valentine, but the diamond mining industry is plagued with violence and exploitation. Thankfully, the rise in awareness of such “blood diamonds” has led to the rise in conflict-free jewelry, and companies such as Brilliant Earth are at the forefront for providing ethical diamonds. Brilliant Earth guarantees diamonds from mines that follow strict labor, trade, and environmental standards, and they even create and sell recycled diamonds. Show your special someone that you love him or her with a high quality, ethical, and sustainable conflict-free diamond this year.
Single this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry – treat yourself, and the planet, to some organic wine made of grapes that are farmed without the use of harmful artificial fertilizers. For suggestions on some great organic wines to try this February 14th, check out Organic Authority’s list of 103 Best Organic Wines.