It’s that time of year again, where for one “special” day we’re reminded to celebrate our love for one another. Although we believe we showing our love is important every day, we’ll take any excuse to spend more time with our families, do something special together, and celebrate as society promotes!
This Valentine’s Day, let’s take a few extra moments to consider the activities we do together, and the things we buy for one another, and how they’ll mean the world…to the world (and to us).
Spend Time Not Money
Go to the theatre. Go mini-golfing or bowling. Get tickets to a concert. If you combine your outing with a meal, choose a restaurant with a local and sustainable menu. Want some inspiration to help you show your love with presence, not presents this year that I wrote in 2013 for The Huffington Post? Click here.
Ways To Please Your Lovers
As with any occasion, a little creativity can quickly take the place of purchased extravagance. It’s even acceptable to be a cheap date, if you pull out enough love, and put in enough thought. Here are a few ideas that allow you to honour and celebrate your sweetie without breaking the earth’s heart. Click here
Indulge in Kind Chocolate
Anyone who knows us, knows we love a great chocolate bar, but not all chocolate bars are created equal. Our favourites are not only incredibly delicious, they’re also guilt-free, whole foods made with some of the most nutritious and ethical ingredients on the planet (no bad stuff!). And it goes without saying that these treats are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without anything harmful! From truffles to bars, here are some of our favourites, click here
Don’t Buy Toxic Flowers
Toxic flowers that take a toll of human and environmental health are not beautiful! Why buy flowers that were grown with toxic chemicals, transported for thousands of miles and wrapped in plastic, when you can give a real living plant that lasts? Although it might not be the perfect climate for roses year round, you can think local, think organic and think about buying the whole plant, tree, or herb … this will keep on giving and can be enjoyed all year round. It will act as a constant reminder of your love for each other.
Do What’s Right For You
Don’t use the above ideas if it’s not going to celebrate your relationship to your liking. But remember, each time you buy something, you are telling that store, or the company to buy more and make more. It’s about Empathy Economics. Blood diamonds, phthalates in sex toys, and pesticides and petroleum in lingerie is anything but sexy for you or our planet.
Remember, “less” in no way needs to mean “less special” for Valentine’s Day. Get to the true heart of the matter, keep the twinkle in your sweetheart’s eye and show love and respect for our planet. Repeat everyday rather than annually.
If you would like to give a gift, consider giving the gift of Wellness Intelligence! Discover our Gift Guide in TWIC here!