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4 Ways to Green Your Valentine’s Day

Posted By Jodi Helmer On February 7, 2012 @ 3:13 pm In Green Living, Relationships | No Comments

istock_000005074709smallI’m a sucker for love letters and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that I look forward to Valentine’s Day. Show a little love for your partner and the planet by having an eco-friendly holiday this February 14!

Here are four ways to do it:

1. Eat an easy-on-the-planet meal

Make a reservation at a restaurant known for its organic and locally grown fare [1] and be sure to order a bottle of your favorite organic wine [2]. Or, cook dinner at home (here are three healthy aphrodisiac recipes [3]), light a few soy or beeswax candles and enjoy a romantic evening.

2. Give a green gift

Opt for organic chocolates [4]. Organic cocoa is grown under a shade canopy that helps maintain biodiversity and protect the habitat of migratory songbirds. Looking for something more extravagant? Consider buying a piece of fair trade and/or recycled jewelry [5]. It’s the ultimate in reducing, reusing and recycling, and your sweetie will love receiving a beautiful piece of jewelry with an interesting history.

3. Relax at a green spa

Spas around the country offer treatments using organic and fair trade [6] ingredients. Book an appointment to see how decadent eco-friendly luxury can be. Or, replicate the spa experience at home. Slip into an organic cotton robe [7] and try a little DIY reflexology [8] (or have your partner give you a hand).

4. Write a tree-free love letter

Nothing says “I love you” like a handwritten love letter. There are lots of pretty recycled note cards [9] to help you express exactly how you feel.

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[1] estaurant known for its organic and locally grown fare: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/6-ways-to-find-eco-friendly-restaurants/

[2] favorite organic wine: http://life.gaiam.com/video/organic-oenophilia

[3] aphrodisiac recipes: http://life.gaiam.com/article/3-healthy-aphrodisiac-recipes

[4] organic chocolates: http://life.gaiam.com/article/organic-fair-trade-chocolate-report-buyers-guide

[5] fair trade and/or recycled jewelry: http://www.gaiam.com/category/fair-trade/jewelry-scarves.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[6] fair trade: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/FairTradeWhatagift.html

[7] organic cotton robe: http://www.gaiam.com/product/organic+cotton+robe.do?SID=WG127SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[8] reflexology: http://www.gaiamtv.com/video/massage-practice-reflexology?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

[9] recycled note cards: http://www.greenfieldpaper.com

[10] personal development videos: http://www.gaiamtv.com/category/spirituality/personal-development?chan=GaiamLife&utm_source=GaiamLife&utm_medium=Web&utm_campaign=10day

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