Show Some Love: Shop Local and Eco-Friendly this Valentine’s Day

By Natalie Bencivenga


FEBRUARY 13, 2024

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the special someone in your life? How about your best friend or favorite colleague? And if you want to show yourself some love…there’s nothing wrong with that! Let’s use this opportunity to explore some of the great local shops around the city that are doing their part to be sustainable and environmentally-friendly. It doesn’t get any better than that. 

Flowers are a classic gift on Valentine’s Day and what better way to say, “I love you,” than with a big bouquet of local blooms? Check out The Farmers Daughter which has a brick and mortar location in the North Side. Whenever possible, flowers are grown locally to help reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, they have great gifts and workshops, too, if experiences are your love language! 

Looking to give the gift of holistic skin care? Try Tend and Nourish Skin Care which centers slow and sustainable practices and uses products that won't disrupt your skin barrier or microbiome. This is especially helpful for those with highly sensitized and reactive skin. Gift cards available. Located in East Liberty.

For the eco-conscious people in your life, The Refillery in Squirrel Hill is a great alternative for all the domestic care products we all use – and often throw away single-use plastics that harm the environment and our bodies – by refilling reusable containers with products like soap, shampoo, laundry detergents and more. Plus on Feb. 13  they have a self-love spell jar making workshop: “Discover the power of self-love as we guide you through the process of creating your very own spell jar. Unleash your creativity and infuse it with positive intentions. Sabrina will share tips, tricks, and magical knowledge to help you manifest self-love and positivity.”

Feeling romantic… and outdoorsy? Try Tree Pittsburgh’s “gift a tree program” which allows them to plant a tree on your behalf. You can also buy a tree from their Heritage Nursery which specializes in native plants grown from seed for forest restoration. “Trees symbolize growth, health, beauty and new beginnings,” What better way to nurture our planet and our relationships than by planting seeds rooted in love?

Feeling spiritual and sensual? Visit Triple Moon Alchemy. This Black-owned business focuses on plant medicine, herbal teas, balms, ritual baths and fertility support. For those looking to conceive, they are teaming up at Garden Dreams with Grow Pittsburgh on Feb. 17 for a reproductive system tea-making workshop. 

Like what you see? What did we miss? Share with us some of your favorite eco-friendly and romantic gifts or events! 


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