10 Valentine's Day Green Tips

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Hopeless romantics love it. Cynics despise it. No one can avoid it -- Valentine’s Day is firmly established as a cultural happening! Whatever your feelings are about the holiday, make it your own by taking the opportunity to show appreciation for the one who loves you unconditionally: Mother Nature. Follow these green Valentine’s Day tips and you’ll benefit more than just your special someone: you’ll be supporting healthy communities and a healthy planet. Now that’s heartwarming.

Give Eco-Friendly Chocolate. Not only does the Rainforest Alliance certify chocolate that’s better for the environment, “shopping the frog” ensures that cocoa farmers have good living and working conditions. Find Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate (and other products) here.

Send an eCard. Love wildlife? Check out these free Valentine e-cards from World Wildlife Fund and the National Parks Conservation Association.

Buy Local Flowers. If flowers are your style, swing by your local farmers’ market for a fresh bouquet of your favorites. It beats buying imported flowers that have often been doused in pesticides. Check out Local Harvest to find a sustainable florist near you.

Find a Date. Single and looking? Find your true love on a meetup hiking group trip or a Sierra Club Outing. Visit Grist for some more ideas on where to find your green soul mate (perhaps on public transportation?).

Celebrate Bonobos. Honor our loving and peaceful ape cousin, the Bonobo, on World Bonobo Day (February 14). Here are six things you can do to celebrate.

Ditch Dirty Gold. Did you know that the manufacture of an average gold ring creates more than 20 tons of mining waste? Be sure to buy your jewelry from one of the 90 retailers who have committed to ending destructive gold mining through Earthworks. Then sign the pledge yourself.

Love Your Honey (Bees). Bees are in trouble. In the US, they’ve been dying off at alarming rates which spells trouble not just for honey, but for our whole food supply. Download this toolkit from Beyond Pesticides and Pesticide Action Network to help protect bees from harmful pesticides.

Let Nature Inspire Your Valentines. Remember how much fun Valentine’s Day was as a kid? For some special V-day kid’s craft projects, check out these nature-inspired ideas from National Wildlife Federation.

Rethink Generosity. This February 14, you can also share the love through simple acts of kindness, consideration, compassion, and sharing. Click here for “Random Acts of Kindness” ideas.

Share the Love. With EarthShare’s One Gift option you can make a donation to EarthShare on behalf of your special someone. We’ll send them a note letting them know about your gift, complete with your personal message.