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5 ideas for a green, creative valentine’s day

February 12, 2010

Photo by Karen Mordechai, via

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day. It’s that time again, the time that invokes hearts and butterflies for some, and feelings of hatred for Hallmark for others. Whatever your plans are this weekend, take a moment to think about love. Love for yourself, for your friends, your family, your significant other . . . it brings joy to our lives.

However, there are some frightening statistics out there about what we do to show our love. The Greeting Card Association estimates that roughly one BILLION cards are exchanged world-wide every year. That’s a whole lot of paper, shipping and carbon emissions just to say I LOVE YOU. So here are some ideas to show your love for that special person and the planet:

• Bake something sweet together. Cookies, cake . . . there’s nothing quite like taking a chocolately treat out of the oven and eating it while it’s still warm.

• Instead of buying a dozen roses that will wilt a week later, try buying a plant or planting seeds that will bloom for weeks to come. Create a small herb garden, force narcissus bulbs, or buy an orchid that will bloom through the rest of winter.

• Make your valentine’s cards. Get crafty and cut up magazines, scrap paper . . . whatever you have around the house and make something more personal to say I love you.

• Go through old photographs, tell each other what your favorite memories are.

• Cook dinner at home. Valentine’s day is on a weekend this year, so take time during the day to meander through grocery and specialty stores, picking up fresh local ingredients. Or, if cooking isn’t relaxing, put together something easy like fondue or a cheese plate with a bottle of wine.

I hope you all do something to relax and kick back this weekend, for some it’s even a long weekend! Tell me, what are your valentine’s day plans? What was your best valentine’s memory? And before you go, I just want to say thank you to all of you out there who read this blog. You inspire me daily.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2010 12:39 pm

    You have some original suggestions there, and I haven’t purchased any Valentine cards yet, so I just might try something different this year!

  2. February 12, 2010 6:41 pm

    lovley inspirations…i will want to bake with my family, too…and then only relax and enjoy the snow outside…and there is a lot of it…;)…so a lovley valentine´s day and see you in class…thanks for sharing…cheers ines…

  3. February 21, 2010 1:23 am

    Love this post… 5 simple, green ways to show your love by saving on paper, transport and other resources!

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