Saturday, February 14, 2009

Day 298 of our Green Year: A Green Valentine's Day

Well today is Valentine's Day, and while we are not big on the holiday, we thought it was a good chance to go green with yet another holiday.
Typically on Valentine's Day, flowers and chocolates are given out. The flowers given out are flowers that are cut and die within a few days, while the chocolates are packaged excessively and made from non-organic ingredients.

So, for this Valentine's Day, Layla and I did the greenest thing you could for Valentine's Day. There was no chocolate, and no flowers whatsoever. For Valentine's Day, we had a nice supper, shared a walk, said some "I Love Yous" and that is about it. Can't get much greener than that.

However, if you were to go to green with Valentine's Day, then instead of giving flowers, you could give a pot of potting soil, with a seed in it. That way, you help a flower grow and come into life. It clears the air in your home and you can keep it as long as you can before it eventually dies. You can also plant a tree as a symbol of your love.

If you choose to buy chocolate, then buy some fair-trade, organic chocolate instead of the larger, well-known brands that may use slave and child labor to harvest the cocoa bean.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!