Many of us will send (and receive) flowers for Valentine’s Day (as well as Mother’s Day and/or Easter). However, many of us are unaware the $40 billion floral industry often exploits laborers, and deals in toxic chemicals – not what you want to associate with a gift of love! Check out some of these facts from the bestselling book, The Flower Confidential. We have an opportunity to use this holiday to improve our health, as well as minimize our impact on the environment and build community by making better flower choices, like shopping at Local Harvest, Organic Bouquet, or California Organic Flowers.
I also love giving (and receiving) plants instead of flowers. Plants inevitably last longer (even if they don’t last forever), humidify and detoxify our air, all while giving us life-inducing oxygen! Talk about a gift that gives back! The many benefits of common houseplants.
Another traditional gift is chocolate; again, there are now many fair trade, organic and decadently delicious options. The why’s of eco-chocolate are numerous. Here are taste tests for some of the best.
This year make a more meaningful sentiment by buying and supporting healthier eco-options, both for yourself and your home.
(Personally, as a change of pace, I’m going to the Naked Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum, because, if you haven’t noticed, I like to do things a little differently!)
Happy Valentines Day!