How to Have a Zero Waste Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day (second to Christmas) may be the most consumeristic American holiday on the calendar. That probably isn’t much of a surprise; you likely see it all around you.

Now, I’m all for a beautiful bouquet of flowers and having a reason to get dressed up and go out to dinner. But as a gal who is learning to live a Zero Waste lifestyle, Valentine’s can come as somewhat of a shock!

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Here are some stats to give you the full picture:

  • Last year, Americans spent $19.7 billion on Valentine’s day (2016).
  • $4.5 billion of this was spent on jewelry. Another $4.4 billion on eating out. Flowers, clothing, candy, gift cards and  greeting cards followed.
  • This comes out to approximately $147 spent per person.

See, the vast majority of this spending is made on items that are ephemeral – things have no lasting value or purpose in years, or even months to come. The candy will get eaten. The flowers will wilt away.

Does this mean you should give up on giving gifts altogether? Not at all!

Giving a thoughtful gift is one of the sweetest ways you can show someone that you care about them and that you know what they enjoy. But, there are so many ways to make your gift giving a touch more sustainable – Zero Waste even!

How to Have a Zero Waste Valentine’s

Let Go Of Traditional Expectations

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You do not have to do the conventional Valentine’s Day run around. Talk to your partner to see if you’d like to continue celebrating the day traditionally, or if there are some aspects you’d like to change.

Do you feel strongly that any celebration should happen on February 14th no matter what? Can you find ways to celebrate your love for each other without spending? Do you actually want more jewelry, or is it something you think you should want?

Nothing is set in stone. Find a middle ground that works for you!

Get Crafty

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A great deal of waste is created by throwaways like wrapping paper, gift bags and greeting cards.

Hunt around your home: Do you have any leftover scrapbooking paper, cardboard, wrapping paper, pressed flowers or bits of ribbon? Collect anything beautiful or interesting and try making an upcycled Valentine’s day card!

Make Your Own Goodies

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Ahhh, chocolate. There’s a reason candy shops do so well at Valentine’s Day: no one can resist a delicious pile of chocolate goodness!

Ready to get creative? Break out that candy mold and make a treat that you can both enjoy, without the box and plastic wrapping. Or, if you’re really feeling alternative, make heart shaped anything else! Waffles are an excellent choice.

Think you can handle a Zero Waste Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear your creative ideas for limiting trash on the holiday.

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Elizabeth M4 months ago

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Jaime J4 months ago

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