Your love, is my love, is pre-loved
It’s time to spread the love on Valentine’s day. Not just for your sweetheart, but for the environment and your pocket too.
Think about a traditional Valentine’s present… maybe a card, box of chocolates, bouquet of flowers and pretty gift-wrapped item. Now think about how much of that gets throw away within minutes of you giving it to your loved one – the envelope, cellophane wrapping, chocolate box, chocolate wrappers, ribbon, wrapping paper – the list could go on! Then in a week, the uneaten chocolates and the dead flowers will also be thrown away.
It doesn’t have to be that way, you can spend your money on a gift that keeps going and doesn’t involve most of your money going in the bin. Here are a few ideas for alternative celebrations that will still say how much you care.
A different card
- Use the alphabet magnets on the fridge to say your valentine’s message
- Get a personalised card with pictures on that can be framed as a permanent reminder for you both
- Choose a postcard (you could give a holiday for a present)
- Send a e-valentine’s day card
- If you’ve found the perfect card, make sure it gets recycled if it ever becomes unwanted
It doesn’t have to be flowers
- Buy a house plant instead, they’ll stay alive for ages and are a great reminder of you over and over again.
- Don’t just buy strawberries, buy strawberry plants – so in the summer you can have lots and lots of fresh strawberries whenever you want. If you don’t like strawberries, choose a different fruit plant or buy vegetables instead.
- If you do want to buy flowers, ask for them to be wrapped in paper which can be recycled. Then, when the flowers die, put them in your compost bin.
- Buy a recycled vase for your flowers, there’s lots of them out there, so browse a search engine for a unique gift.
Have a Re-warding Valentines
Sign your loved one up to Re-ward Club this valentines to give them the gift that just keeps giving.
By giving them a membership to Re-ward Club your loved one will benefit by saving money by buying great quality pre-loved items, hire goods and recycled products whilst earning £5 vouchers.
Once you or your loved one has earned your £5 voucher you can either spend it in our Retail Partners or spread the love and donate it to one of the our Community Partners and help fund the work they do in the local community.
- Why buy a box of chocolate when you can buy big bars of chocolate and get more weight of chocolate for your money? And less to throw away afterwards, too.
- Use up any leftover chocolate (if there is such a thing) to make chocolate brownies.
- There might be a box of chocolates out there which is completely recyclable. If you find one, make sure it is put in the recycling bin.
Gifts from the heart
- Spend the day together
- Give an experience voucher – a spa day or driving experience to look forward to can really brighten up your day
- Buy your loved one a membership to something they love (membership to DVD rentals) or a course that they want to go on (i.e. sewing course)
- Adopt an animal – horses, tigers, polar bears can all be adopted without having to be kept at home
- Buy some pre-loved jewellery – second hand jewellery can have a lot of character and charm and be in great condition. You can buy it from specialist stores or charity shops and spend hours guessing the story behind the item.
- Pledge to do something special or everyday to give your Valentine a break – vacuum the house once a week, clean the bathroom or mow the lawn
- Repair or fix any items that your other half loves – you could replace their watch battery, or get a new heel or sole put on those comfortable shoes they always wear
And finally if you’re staying in for Valentine’s Day
- Rent or borrow a DVD instead of buying one
- Borrow some board games using Ecomodo
- If you are making a meal, visit Love Food Hate Waste recipes for some ideas using up items you already have in the house
- If you have any leftover wine, pour into ice cube trays freeze, to be used later when making stews and sauces
- Recycle any empty wine bottles
Let there be Love this Valentine’s Day – over and over and over again…