12 Feb Sustainable Valentine’s Day Celebration Ideas
Valentine’s Day calls for quality time spent with the people you love most, whether that’s a significant other or a group of your closest gal-entines. Although flowers, candy, and extravagant dinners are the norm, there are other thoughtful, environmentally supportive ways to gift and gather that are just as special. If you’re not quite sure how to up your eco-conscious game this holiday, try one of the more sustainable Valentine’s Day celebration ideas below.
1. Plan a Staycation
Save gas and bring all of the Valentine’s Day festivities home to you. Start the day with breakfast in bed, complete with cozy pajamas. We love Softwear’s Soft Jogger Pants ($78), sustainably designed and crafted in the US from plush-as-a-cloud modal French terry. Then, follow your relaxing morning with a bit of mindful movement by surprising your Valentine with a private 1.5 Hour Yoga Class ($150) from Cara Provenzano, Jedi Yoga Warrior. The personalized class will inspire connection to self and provide an experience you can do together.
2. Skip the Flowers
The store-bought bouquet is a classic Valentine’s staple. Yet, the industry’s effect on the planet includes increased carbon emissions and low-wage labor. Switch it up this year with a more sustainable option like houseplants. They’re often just as beautiful and they’ll last much longer than a bouquet of roses. Plus, potting the plants will give you a fun, hands-on activity to do together. Try the Jason Fox Ceramics Wheel Thrown Textured Porcelain Vase ($150), a perfect handmade selection designed to elegantly bring any room to life all year long.
3. Support the Local Arts
Viewing art together is a powerful way to stir emotions, connection, and conversation, so head to a local museum with your Valentine. Feel inspired by the diverse pieces and uplifted by the knowledge that you’re helping to support artists in your area. Bonus: many galleries are free so you won’t need to dig out your wallet to uncover a wealth of heartfelt celebration.
4. Evening Picnic and Star Gazing
What’s more romantic than a picnic for two? Head to a local scenic park with a bottle of wine and your favorite snacks. Don’t forget The Global Trunk Momo Hi Blanket ($260). This organic, pigment-dyed piece is a blend of hand-washed, hand-brushed cotton and wool from locally raised sheep in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Perfect for an eco-friendly night under the stars!
Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without a few sweet treats. Browse our favorite heart-healthy Valentine’s Day dessert recipes crafted for good taste and good health.