Valentine's Day: a good time to love the planet with recycling and waste reduction
Paper valentines account for a big spike in annual waste production, with roughly 180 million Americans exchanging Valentine’s Day cards each year.
This year, Waste Management, Burien’s solid waste utility, recommends alternatives to conventional cards as a way to express the spirit of the holiday and also love the planet.
“Valentine’s Day doesn’t produce as much waste as Christmas or even Easter, but when you consider what goes into a 180 million cards, it’s easy to understand that a few small changes make a big difference for the environment,” said Robin Freedman of Waste Management of Washington. “This Valentine’s Day, we are urging Washingtonians to be good to their loved ones and to the environment. It just takes a little forethought and creativity.”
GREEN VALENTINE IDEAS
Cards - Save trees in the name of love by sending an e-card. If the paper card is a must, make sure it’s printed on recycled paper or make one from materials you have at home.
Flowers - Consider planting a tree for your loved one.
Jewelry – How about buying heirloom jewelry from a vintage dealer? If you want to buy new, choose a jeweler whose gems and precious metals are certified ecologically friendly.
Home-cooked meals – Show your loved ones you care by cooking with fresh, local, organic ingredients.
Photo gifts – Use recycled materials and your favorite photos to make a scrapbook, decorate a picture frame or create an electronic slideshow.
Looking for something a little less traditional? Then websites, such as Green America and Green Living Tips, provide guides to eco-friendly food and clothing.