True Love Goes Green: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day

by Claire Morgenstern

This Valentine’s Day, honor the special people in your life with a gift they’ll love that also helps protect the world around them.  Fortunately, there are more ways than ever before to give your loved ones thoughtful, unique gifts that are also great for the environment — and we’re not just talking fair trade chocolate, eco-friendly flowers and organic wine (although that’s a good start). Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas:

Give back to the Earth – or pay it forward. Give your special someone a potted plant or bulb this year instead of cut flowers. They last longer and depending on the flower you choose, can sometimes even be planted back in the ground to bloom year after year. Or, send one of these plantable cards (pictured below).

Better yet, make your money go even further by sending an eco-friendly gift that also benefits a good cause. If you buy a gift from NRDC’s Valentine’s Day Collection, you can save an acre of the Laguna San Ignacio gray whale nursery, plant a rainforest tree in Costa Rica, help protect polar bear cubs, and more. Your Valentine will get a customized Valentine’s Day e-card with a personalized message from you, featuring the wildlife or wild place they are helping to save. All gifts are $10, and the money goes to support NRDC’s work to defend the environment. Plus, each gift is fully tax-deductible.

Turn trash into treasure  – or buy from someone else who did. Try making your own eco-friendly Valentine’s cards this year. Then, pair your fabulous cards with one of these homemade gifts – or get the whole family together and go for one of these kid-friendly Valentine’s Day craft projects.

If you’re not the crafty type, there are more eco-friendly gifts on the market these days than ever before. If your Valentine is dropping not-so-subtle hints about receiving jewelry on the big day, check out these eco-conscious jewelry designers who are creating incredible pieces from recycled metals and other reclaimed materials. For the special men in your life, check out these guy-friendly bottle openers (pictured below) made from recycled baseball bats or these typewriter key cufflinks. And for your littlest Valentines, here are some creative green options to please kids of all ages.

Above all, it’s the thought that counts – so when you think of that special someone, think of the planet too. Here’s wishing you and your loved ones your greenest Valentine’s Day yet.


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Samantha Richardson

I wish I had seen this last year! I am single this year but I hope couples will go green for V-day this year!

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Jan Alexanian3 years ago

Love the ideas.

Jay W.
Jay w3 years ago

its always great to find new ways to be eco friendly

thanks heaps for the article

Deborah H.
Deborah H.3 years ago

I think men can be so hard to buy for - especially when you want to be sustainable. I love the reclaimed key trays by the design pallet ( they are made with leftover lumber from furniture projects. They are masculine without being gimmicky. It's something he will actually use. They are 15% off with coupon code LuvTDP15 through Valentine's day at Great blog post! Thanks for all the great ideas.

Linda L.
Linda L.3 years ago

I love the Valentines -- no resources used up and the $10 donation goes to support work to protect wildlife and wilderness. And the recycled items don't use new resources either.

Paula B.
Paula B.3 years ago

You can spend some time signing this petition as a valentines gift for endangered species, in this case frogs. They are so beautiful and their life depnds on our help. (or do we think we need golf courses instead).

Marlyse G.
Marlyse G.3 years ago

let's stop consuminism - every day should be Valentin's day!

San Matajs
San Matajs3 years ago

Great ideas!
Fred K. this is not us much about that monk, it's about doing something good to the people you love and to the environment. You don't have to do it on Valentine's day.... you can do it any time. The point is to help out. Let's say your kid is in can buy or make an Eco card and then motivate him/her that when he/her came out of the hospital you can plant it together.