Being Zero Waste on Valentines Day
Happy Valentines Day!
Valentines day is one of the best holidays of the year as there is always so much love flying around!
The day has been a known tradition of celebrating love for centuries. In fact, the first time it was mentioned in history was way back in 1375 in a poem that Geoffrey Chaucer had written. Back then, it became tradition among richer communities to give a small gift or greeting card to your loved one.
Now, valentines day is much bigger thing than it used to be. Cards, chocolates, flowers and teddy bears are bought and given in an effort to show just how much a loved one means.
But have you ever thought about how much plastic waste there is at this time of year? In the UK alone, the amount of cards, chocolate and flowers that are made, produces the same amount of carbon emissions than driving around the world 3,993 times.
But, don't let it scare you because there are things to be done about it!
Buy chocolates in plastic free packaging, or check out our selection here. There are also many plastic free gifts you can get that will show how much you love someone - so please make sure to pop in!
For the creative ones among you, creating your own gift can often mean so much more than anything you could buy. If you want to make your own gift, we have our very own red velvet cake mix which looks absolutely fabulous! It's so easy to make - all you need to add is water, oil, eggs and some icing!
If you're set on buying flowers for your loved one, stay away from big companies, and instead buy from a local florist or grower and ask for your bouquet to be wrapped in paper, not cellophane - trust me it looks just as beautiful! Don't forget that red roses are not actually in season over in England at this time of the year, so this means that companies buy from growers abroad which are shipped over, contributing to the green house gasses in the environment.
If you can, buy in season flowers such as Ranunculus, Tulips, Daffodils or Hyacinths from a British grower to reduce air miles! This picture shows a tulip bouquet - aren't they beautiful?!
All these things are just little ways in which you can help the environment this year. If everyone made just one small change, imagine the effect that could take! Not only show your partner some love, but the planet too!