By Alyssa Smith
As the romantic holiday approaches, you might be considering gifts to give to that special someone, to a best friend, to a relative, or to treat yourself with. However, if you’re feeling conscious that you want to help the environment whilst doing so, look no further. Here are some ideas to help you spread love to the planet and your loved ones this Valentine's Day.
If you’re looking for that personal touch this Valentine’s that you wouldn’t find elsewhere, why not consider personalising your own card? Whether you feel up to creating your own card at home or if you’d rather create one online with your own photos and text, you can use sustainably sourced and recyclable paper. If you’re looking for inspiration, try searching through Papier’s Valentine’s card range that are all sustainably sourced from a supplier with the highest social and environmental standards.
Marks and Spencer Fairtrade White Rose Bouquet
A great way to shop the sustainable option of the classic romantic gift of flowers is choosing ones that have a great impact on others. With this Fairtrade White Rose Bouquet Bundle from Marks and Spencer, you can support the lives of the farmers and workers to ensure they have the ability to control their own future.
Long-lasting Indoor Plants
If you want to mix things up this year, then look no further than the gift of a long-lasting living indoor plant that can be kept even after the holiday is over. Local suppliers can often offer more personal communication about your plant, however if you’re looking for something online there are still many options, such as The Stem. As a sustainable company right down to the paper the plant is sent in, feel the power of doing good as you shop with a company that has an ongoing partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. This means that a tree will be planted for every order you make to help local communities and to achieve sustainable reforestation.
Sustainable Wrapping Paper
We all know it’s what’s inside that matters most, but this Valentine’s you could make even the outside of your present look even more special. Opt for wrapping paper that is 100% recycled, plastic-free or made with natural and recycled materials, your Valentine’s has never been more impactful.
The Positive Company - Luxury Scented Vegan Candles Set
Candles can be a great way to show someone or to yourself that you care. With 40 hour burning times per candle, make someone’s Valentine’s as relaxing as possible with candles filled with essential oils and vegan and cruelty-free ingredients.
The Positive Company - Big Bundle of Love
Everyone loves to be pampered, so give the gift of relaxation this Valentine’s with a cosy pair of SilverSpun footie socks, a jar of Calm Lavender-Geranium body butter and a very fitting heart-shaped handmade pumice stone.
You could make this Valentine’s extra special with the gift of comfort and cleanliness with scents in the body butter that help reduce stress and encourages restful sleep, whilst also giving a gift to the environment by shopping for a sustainable pamper set.
Whether you’re looking to buy yourself a treat or to give to that special someone, by choosing to buy sustainably you can avoid causing harm to the environment, whilst still being able to find that perfect gift. Add your own personal touch, whether that’s making your own gift, or buying environmentally friendly products that you normally wouldn’t think to buy. Whatever you decide to gift this Valentines, spread love to the whole world by shopping sustainably.