1. Go flower-less
I’ve never been a flower-person. I never liked it when I see girls (can also be boys) carrying large bouquets during Valentine’s day during college days. One, because it was sooooo excluding! Two, because they’re heavy, and the giver just gave the give a burden to carry the whole day. Now that I’m aiming zero-waste, I now have a BRILLIANT reason for refusing flower bouquets!
The commercial flower industry uses a lot of things to damage the planet – from its germination, they are sprayed with pesticides and nourished with chemical fertilizers, they are transported via refrigerator trucks, some are even imported via planes. Needless to say, we can do away with those damn fancy bouquets.
2. Plant-based meal
This used to be a struggle for me. My home ate organic but we ate meat. Then I got married to a carnivore! But since going zero-waste, and discovering the benefits of going plant-based.
Meat production entails lots of carbon-foot print, as well as water wastage to water the crops that they feed to cows. My turning point was watching Netflix documentaries about Water and Meat-based diet links to coronary artery disease and cancer.
What helped me are the support of my husband and Pinterest. So, so many yummy recipes that are easy to make! The key is to focus on the REPLACEMENT, rather than the AVOIDANCE. Meaning, eating something vegan that you love would make you full that you won’t even notice how little meat you are eating.
You don’t have to go far to have a perfect date. Go to the local pub! See a movie within walking distance from your place! Ice-skate during winter! Gas = carbon emissions…. so… Walk! Walking your date home after a great date is romantic as hell.
4. Sustainable gift-giving
Be creative! Aren’t you glad to live in a world when there are so many options! Even if your significant other is not embracing your zero waste journey, you are at full liberty to give her/him something sustainable, preferably fair trade and clean as well.
Though I won’t suggest giving everyone thrift store finds, I’m sure there is a sustainable for any valentine.
For jewelry, opt for reclaimed options. Thrift shop for great deals, maybe a vintage pocket watch. For chocolates, be sure to choose organic and fair trade. A fountain pen is a great option for anyone who, well, writes. A first edition of a book they love. Write letters, compose songs, make art. The world is full of options for sustainable giving if you just look closely.
5. Zero-waste beauty and fashion
Of course, getting ready for the date contains half the excitement. You don’t need to shop for a new outfit, what you have is fine. Except for shoes and underwear, I am totally fine with buying second-hand when it comes to clothes, but I make it a point that even when I buy new shoes and underwear, I choose natural, biodegradable options.
Where I’m from, zero-waste make-up brands barely exist. In the meantimne, I try to make do with what we have. If able, I just buy products in glass bottles. Shampoo, soap, and conditioner I already buy in bars, hence package-free.
Happy Sustainable Valentine’s, everyone!