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    Published: February 11, 2016

    5 Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts

    Valentine’s Day is one of first big celebrations of the year. Over a billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged across the planet, and millions of boxes of chocolates and flower bouquets are given as presents. Unfortunately, all of those cards, gift boxes, candles, and flowers impact our environment. This year, we’d like to suggest some eco-friendly alternatives to traditional Valentine’s Day gifts. Why not surprise your loved one with something unique this year?

    Natural Soaps and Spa Items

    Bath and spa products are popular gifts, but the chemicals in soaps, shampoos, and body scrubs can be toxic. If your loved one has sensitive skin or wants an eco-friendly spa experience, opt for some of the many chemical-free, artisanal soaps and lotions available online. Free from preservatives, parabens, and chemicals such as sodium laurel sulfate, they’ll feel great on your loved one’s skin. For some added luxury, include a chloride-removing shower filter with wand and offer to install it yourself.

    Living Plants

    Flower bouquets are a staple of Valentine’s Day gift giving; however, they’re not the greenest gift. The carbon cost of delivering the estimated 100 million roses across America every February 14 is immense. That’s also a large amount of chemical pesticides used on all of the plants.

    Instead of flowers, opt for an organically grown living plant. It doesn’t have to be a flowering plant as long as it’s a variety your loved one likes. Consider cacti, potted fruit trees, bonsai, and herbs. You can even sprout and grow the plant yourself for an additional sentimental touch.

    DIY Cards or Lists

    One billion Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes use a lot of paper, all created by harvesting trees. Instead of buying a card this year, make your own from recycled cardstock.

    Gussy up a Water Bottle

    Sometimes less is more. If you really want to send flowers, select one or two perfect specimens and present them in a reusable glass drinking bottle; this is a gift that says “I love you” and “I care about your health.” If you don’t want to use flowers, fill the bottle with romantic IOUs, candy, or other small thoughtful gifts.

    Antique or Recycled Jewelry

    Jewelry gifts can also be green. Either select a nice antique piece or something  made from recycled silver or gold. Any of these eco-friendly choices are sure to bring a smile to your special someone’s face.