The Recycling Bin: Green Valentine's Day Tips

Green sources for chocolate, roses, gifts and romance.


Flowers and candy and all that mushy stuff. You know the drill. Here are the best green Valentine's Day tips, compiled from around the web.

  • What's a gift that doesn't involve buying or wasting anything at all? Digital boudoir pictures.
  • If you're mourning heartbreak on Valentine's Day, don't burn your old mementos - it could release toxic gases. It's not quite as cathartic, but it's better to recycle them instead, or throw them away.
  • To be really green, you could just opt out of the day, and it's over-consumption, entirely. Singles: this is a ready-made excuse when nosy people ask you how you're celebrating.
  • If you want to get something for your sweetheart, but don't have the cash to splurge on a gift, here are some DIY ideas.
  • It bears repeating: Diamonds are a girl's best friend. But we like other jewelry too. Here are some places to get eco-friendly baubles.
  • You can find plenty of sources for organic flowers, chocolate and lipstick here.
  • According to this eco-graphic, the paper industry contributes 10 percent of global emissions. Try an e-card instead.
  • Here's an unconventional Valentine's Day date - for $50 admission, the Binder Park Zoo in Michigan will let you watch the animals mate. Um. Romantic?
  • Another unconventional green gift, as recommended by No Impact Man: Guardianship of a chimp.
  • Yeah, pretty much everyone recommends that you take a shower for two.
  • Why yes, it is possible to purchase fair-trade condoms. Vegan condoms, too.
  • Vegan chocolate cake. Whether you're a vegan or not - yum.