Yuk, a corporate holiday marketed to increase consumerism and flaunt loving relationships in the face of others. Or a holiday of showing love, giving self-love and perking up your mid-week slump. Whatever your valentines style, do what makes you happy this holiday, but remember to limit your impact on the environment, because what is more sexy than sustainability?!
We have assembled some simple suggestions for having a plastic balloon, synthetic teddy bear free Valentines, whilst assuming that everyone doesn’t have an abundance of creativity and time to hand-craft recycled heart shaped ornaments!
Skip the reservations and busy restaurants for some simple home cooking, take your produce bags out for a trip to the supermarket and get chopping. If baking and chocolate crafting isn’t up your street head to your nearest pick n’ mix point, pop it in a jar and tie a ribbon around it!
Forget running to the post-box at 5pm and send an e-card. You can find many brilliant and creative ones on the world-wide-web.
If you are keen to put pen to paper then skip the huge cards and plastic wrapping with some brilliant and original finds on etsy or local art suppliers. Alternatively find one of the many paper items bound for the recycling bin – fold in half and hey presto! It’s the words that count after all.
It’s a fact, flowers wither and die. There is also a proven environmental cost to cut flowers, read about it here.
Choose a plant instead, it will flourish over time (with some TLC) and can even contribute to your indoor air quality! However, If flowers are a deal breaker then look up some sustainably grown florists and opt for paper over plastic wrapping.
Plan a romantic walk, take them to a comedy gig, give them a massage or simply run them a bath. Thoughtful gestures can be as big or small as you make them but they go a long way in our books.
Holidays are often times where feelings of loneliness can be increased. Give yourself some self-love and reach out to those around you if you are able to offer support. Find out more and get some support from Mind.