Have a Sustainable Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, show someone how much you care for them and the environment!

Utilize the tips below to reduce your impact on the environment while making your sweetheart happy this Valentine’s Day.

1)    While flowers make for a great romantic gesture, they can also have significant negative effects on the environment. According to Alie Visser, a Business Library Staff member at Western, 52% of Canadian males will buy flowers on Valentine’s Day, and UPS will import approximately 14.8 million fresh cut flowers into North America from Colombia and Ecuador. All of this transportation adds vast amounts of pollution to the atmosphere. This year, shop for locally grown flowers. Stop by the London’s Farmer’s Market, open every Saturday from 8am-3pm at 900 King Street. For more details about items sold at the Market, visit www.londonsfarmersmarket.ca. You can also check out the Covent Garden Market, open every day and located at 130 King Street in London. For more details about the items sold there, visit http://www.coventmarket.com/.

2)    Give delicious, locally produced chocolates. Not only will you be helping to reduce emissions from transportation, but you will also be supporting local business owners. There are some chocolate vendors at the London Farmers’ Market and the Covent Garden Market. Annie’s Chocolates is also a great shop located just two minutes north of London, where chocolates and other tasty treats are sold, like brownies and tarts. Visit http://annieschocolates.com/ for more information and location details.

3)    Send a free e-card. These little gestures really brighten someone’s day while also saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment. Check out www.bluemountain.com or www.hallmark.com to view their selection of free Valentine’s Day e-cards.

4)    Make dinner using local ingredients. Shop at the London Farmer’s Market or Covent Garden Market for supplies, and surprise that someone special with a romantic home-made meal.

5)    If you can’t think of any presents to give, take your Valentine out for an activity. Try skating in Victoria Park or heading to the movies. These gifts don’t require transportation to stores, packaging or wrapping. They are a fun, environmentally-friendly way to spend your Valentine’s Day.

6)    If you want to get really creative, create a coupon book for that someone special. Include activities instead of presents. These can range from homemade dinners, to massages and movie-nights in.

Be creative this Valentine’s Day! Utilize these tips to surprise your sweetie, save some money, and reduce your impact on the environment.