From candy to cards, Valentine’s Day can quickly become a holiday driven by throwaway gifts, rather than focusing on the celebration of love. With the season of love quickly approaching, what better way to express your affection than by embracing sustainability? From the outfit you wear to the gifts you exchange, here’s a guide on how to point Cupid’s arrow towards an eco-conscious Valentine’s Day.
Thrift The Fit
It makes sense to want to look your best for that special someone, start with a striking outfit. Avoid over-consumption and take advantage of second-hand treasures by partaking in a bit of thrift shopping. Sift through the racks at your local thrift store for unique and pre-loved pieces allowing you to express your personal style. Not only does second-hand shopping contribute to the circular fashion economy, but makes a statement against the fast-fashion movement. You’ll look fabulous with your new sustainable style while proving that love can be both timeless and eco-conscious.
Shop For Hidden Treasures In Your Closet
If you don’t have the time to thrift, revisiting what you already own and exploring creative ways to refresh your wardrobe can be both sustainable and satisfying. Rather than hitting the racks, take a moment to rediscover the gems in your closet. It’s a simple yet impactful way to make sustainable choices. Mix and match to create a new look perfect for any date. Take a look at this creative tutorial on how to turn a dress into a skirt. The internet is full of inventive fashion ideas!
Add A Green Twist To Your Outfit
Aside from partners, friends and family; your garments deserve love too. Once you find the perfect outfit, ensure your garment receives some self-care. Opt for our dry cleaning services, as we’re proud to be a GreenEarth Affiliate! The GreenEarth Cleaning process uses a silicone-based solvent instead of harsh chemicals. This odor-less solution revives fabrics to feel supple and is guaranteed safe for even the finest fabrics. Take better care of your clothes for a lifetime of love and drop your garments off today.
Giving From The Heart
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a meaningful touch by supporting local shops and artisans. Choose gifts crafted with care, extending your love to both your special someone and the community. Explore local boutiques, flea markets, or online platforms like Etsy to discover the talents within your community. Opting for a crafted gift not only provides a unique element to a thoughtful gesture but also supports the livelihoods of those in your area. It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
D.I.Y. A Valentine’s Day Card
While Hallmark cards are lovely, a homemade card adds a sentimental flair unmatched by store-bought. Tap into your creative side this Valentine’s Day and craft a card of your own. You likely already have the materials necessary, recycled paper paired with a message from the heart should do the trick. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out this tutorial. Reduce the demand for mass-produced cards and opt for a more sustainable expression of affection.
Show Your Love For Local Restaurants
If gifts aren’t the way to your special someone’s heart, appeal to their appetite. A farm-to-table dinner allows for an eco-conscious dining experience this Valentine’s Day. Choose a restaurant that sources its ingredients locally, reducing the carbon footprint associated with food transportation. A swift Google search of “farm-to-table restaurants near me” should pull a variety of establishments to choose from. Here are a few stellar farm-to-table choices highlighted to gain some inspiration.
A Date With Mother Nature
Together, we can make every gesture count—for our loved ones and the planet. By incorporating sustainable practices into our celebrations, we show that love knows no bounds! As we exchange tokens of affection, let’s be mindful of the environmental impact our choices can have, without compromising the romance. Follow this guide to ensure your Valentine’s Day is filled with love and joy, both for your special someone and the Earth.