Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by planning a romantic event that you, your loved one, *and* the planet can enjoy.
**Skip the weekend getaway**
Save money and reduce fuel consumption by planning a “stay-cation.” Visit that museum or new (sustainable) restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, or plan a romantic night in.
**Turn off the lights**
Set the mood with your sweetie and save energy by lighting some soy-based or bees’ wax candles. Conventional candles are often synthetic, petroleum-based, and made out of toxic materials that are released when lit. Choose candles that are scented with essential oils, and contain no artificial ingredients and put some sweet-smelling love in the air.
**Cook a sustainable dinner for two**
Impress the apple of your eye with a home-cooked, sustainably-caught seafood dinner. Seafood watch has a great color-coded guide to which fruits of the sea are the easiest on the environment, and which types to avoid. Pick up some local whole foods for the side dishes and avoid processed foods, which take an extra trip to the factory before they make it to your plate.
**Buy local, organic chocolate**
Chocolate is the one gift I love to give *and* receive, no matter the occasion. Treat your mom, friend, or colleagues to some high quality, low-impact sweetness with some organic, fair-trade, sustainable chocolate from TCHO or Green & Blacks.
**Pop open some organic bubbly**
Indulging in a little celebratory beverage has just gotten greener. A few new lines of organic champagne and sparkling wines are available at specialty food stores like Whole Foods, or online at wine.com.
**Buy local, seasonal flowers**
Skip cut flowers altogether, and pick up a flowering potted plant wont wilt away on you. If fresh cuts are your preference, visit your local flower shop and ask for a pick of local, seasonal blooms. Ordering flowers online can be risky; you never know where the flowers you’re purchasing came from, and how far they’ll need to travel to get to your special someone. Bulbs like tulips, daffodils and lilies are a great option because they are currently in season. Once wilted, you can compost the remains and dry the bulbs to replant in the fall.
As always, feel free to share your climate conscious tips for the occasion!