If you want to show your loved ones some love this Valentine’s Day, why not do it sustainably? From foil balloons that don’t biodegrade to the bunches of flowers thrown away days after purchasing, Valentine’s Day is riddled with unsustainable practices.
So whether you’re in a long-term relationship, dating someone new or just trying to show yourself some love, this is the perfect chance to express your feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation with these sustainable gift ideas.
Fair Trade Chocolate
Chocolates are a very popular Valentine’s Day gift, but most store-bought chocolates aren’t super eco-friendly or ethical. Shopping for fair trade chocolate ensures that farmers are paid a fair and living wage, and companies are exercising ethical practices. Here are a few tasty and ethical chocolate brands to check out.
A weighted blanket is perhaps not the traditional Valentine’s Day token but is guaranteed to give your loved one a good night’s sleep. These silky-soft blankets from Bearaby are naturally weighted and made using sustainable materials such as organic cotton and TENCEL. You and your loved one can sleep soundly knowing your blanket is doing its part for the environment.
Why give someone a bunch of flowers that only last a few days when you can give them a plant to own forever? With general subscription options as well as those that cater to beginners or pet owners, Horti includes a medium-sized plant, a chic planter, and the occasional accessory to help you bring the outdoors in and elevate your mood and space.
Bouquet of Flowers
If flowers are more their thing, you can opt for a sustainable alternative from Bouqs. They partner with sustainable farms that minimize waste, recycle water and protect workers’ well-being. This also means their flowers stay fresher and last longer. Choose from roses, lilies, tulips, sunflowers or even succulents to surprise your loved one.
Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Not everyone would love to get a water bottle for Valentine’s Day, but investing in a reusable water bottle is the best thing you can do for your health and the environment. Stainless steel bottles are more durable than plastic and are often vacuum insulted, meaning your drinks stay hot or cold for hours. Plus, you and your loved ones will save tons of money.
Soy offers a cleaner burn than other types of candles. Ritual & Fancy candles are hand-poured with 100% vegan soy wax derived from a renewable resource, a slow-burning wood wick and topped with real pressed flowers. All fragrances are made with natural botanicals cultivated from renewable resources and ethically sourced essential oils.
A Getaway for Two
Getaway is the perfect gift for those people who prefer experiences to things, are hard to shop for, enjoy the outdoors or just deserve a little retreat from their busy life. The cozy cabins provide restorative stays in nature where your loved ones can take a break from work, wifi and routines.
Gift Card to A Sustainable Online Marketplace
Not sure what to gift this year for Valentine’s Day? Gift cards are always a great solution to this dilemma. Here are some amazing online marketplaces that only sell sustainable goods. If your loved one is interested in living zero-waste or a bit more eco-friendly, then this is a perfect start for them.