Show Your Love for the Environment – It’s Valentine’s Day!
Wake up and smell the unwrapped roses – Valentine’s Day is here! While we all love a big hug and kiss from our loved ones, many of us will feel compelled to give a little more. Sadly for the environment cellophane wrapped chocolate boxes and glittery cards that can’t be recycled are often the go-to present this time of year. The good news is Valentine’s Day is all about love and romance – two things that don’t require any packaging. Here’s our Valentine’s Day guide for showing your love for your sweetheart and the environment.
Skip the Packaging
Who needs a cellophane wrapped box of chocolates, when all anyone really wants is to eat them! Show your special someone how much you care by baking something instead. Here’s a delicious recipe from Zero Waste Chef Tom Hunt for chocolate pomegranate brownies. Yum!
If you plan to give flowers, ask for them wrapped in paper only. Instead of buying a card you can write your declaration of love right on the flower paper. It’s a card and flower wrapping in one. Remember to recycle it when you’re through.
If you’re giving a larger gift consider one that doesn’t come all wrapped up. Some great ideas include: a book of poems (or any book they’ll like), a unique secondhand item of clothing or preloved jewellery. For more ideas check our gifts with less packaging guide.
Creative gifts are often the most memorable. Instead of taking your loved one out for dinner try cooking them something special instead. The Love Food Hate Waste website has lots of great recipe ideas. Give this one for pizza a go – and while you’re at it try shaping the base into a heart. Who wouldn’t love a heart-shaped pizza?
Not into cooking? Give them an experience they’ll remember. Get tickets to see their favourite band preform. Take them to the movies or to see the ballet. If they love sports, try getting tickets to see their team play. All these gifts are waste-free and demonstrate how much you care about them and the planet.
Give a Gift From the Heart
Thoughtfulness goes a long way on Valentine’s day. Instead of something traditional think about the things your partner or family really love. Maybe they cherish something that’s broken and you could fix it. For example, replace their watch battery or get a new heel or sole put on those comfortable shoes they always wear.
If you’re dealing with an animal lover, try adopting one, not physically that is. Horses, tigers and polar bears can all be adopted without having to be kept at home.
Pledge to do something special to give your Valentine a break. If your partner is always tidying the house you could vacuum once a week or clean the bathroom. Do the weeding or planting, mow the lawn, take the dog for a walk. Try pitching in with anything that will give them a few moments to rest.
Do something Together
Instead of spending lots of money, try this no waste budget friendly option – design the perfect day out. Go to a free museum, take a long stroll, get out and enjoy spending time with each other! For those of you looking for something unique we have some upcoming events that may prove fun.
On the 11th of March we’ll be swishing at Hounslow library. Swishing is guilt-free shopping that uses clothes you no longer wear as currency to get something new-to-you. Swishing is a great way to clear out your closet and refresh your wardrobe for free. Also a fab option if your planning to do something with a group of girlfriends this Valentine’s Day.
WEEE Recycle Events
Show your love for the environment by dropping off any old electrical items you have lurking around for recycling. We have two more collection events at Willesden Library and West Ealing Library this week. Drop off and stay at the library for fun community activites or a lounge with your love.
Whatever you decide to do this Valentine’s Day remember it’s the thought that counts. If you’re giving a creative, no waste Valentine’s Day gifts share the love with us by posting a photo of it on our Facebook or Twitter feed.
Happy Valentines Day!