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How To Plan A Zero Waste Valentine’s Day

How To Plan A Zero Waste Valentine’s Day
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It’s that time again…

Not content to let a single month pass without a commercialized holiday, the Hallmark industrial complex has given us Valentine’s Day, a time when men and women alike are somehow guilted into purchasing an alarming amount of flowers, chocolates and jewelry for their loved ones.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with surprising your sweetie with an unexpected expression of affection. It’s just the fake, plastic, pink and red crap that gets my blood boiling. Now that Valentine’s Day has been co-opted by consumerism, it’s more ugly than sweet. The National Retail Federation tells us that the average person shells out $116.21 on traditional Valentine’s Day merchandise. Insanity! And how much of that stuff do you think ends up in the trash can before Valentine’s Day rolls around again? Lots.

To have a Valentine’s Day that’s more full of love than waste takes a little creativity and planning, but it’s not hard. Taking the time to think about the impact of your Valentine’s celebrations is guaranteed to result in genuine emotion, precious memories and the satisfaction that you’ve created a special day without harming the planet. Here are some ideas to get you started!

DIY Cards & Gifts

Really want to wow your Valentine? Make them a card instead of just picking one up at the store. Don’t worry if you’re not crafty or a poet. Almost any material can be upcycled into an adorable Valentine. All you need is scissors, some paste, and the ability to trace a heart. Check out Inhabitots’ wow-worthy DIY Valentine ideas made out of everything from playing cards to vegetable scraps! And why stop at the card? Check out 5 Handmade Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day and 10 Handmade Valentine’s Gifts for Him (guys are always harder).

And if you just don’t have the time for DIY anything, an e-card can be a great way to send a quick “I’m thinking of you” note without a single shred of wasted paper. Check out Care2′s entire collection of Valentine’s Day ecards and poems for a one-click solution.

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5:42PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

My church volunteered at an emergency shelter on Valentine's Day, it was lots of fun. Valentine's Day of Compassion

1:19AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

9:27PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

very nice ideas

12:30PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thanks for the article.

8:28AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Nice valentine piece w/ links. I'm basically marking it for retrieval for next year. Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday! How can one not like a day that's designated for celebration of Universal love? Would have to be hard hearted..... LOL!

3:21PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

Thanks

8:44AM PST on Feb 18, 2013

thanks

5:42PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Thanks for posting.

9:22PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Thank you for article.

9:22PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Thank you for article.

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