Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, thoughtfulness, and maybe a few decadent treats. But do you know what’s really involved in getting some of the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts to your loved one? It’s not always so rosy.
Consider all the options before you send flowers, decide on a spot for dinner, or even deliver the sweetest of gifts.
Many imported roses can contain 50 percent more pesticides than what’s legally allowed on food in this country. Look for retailers selling VeriFlora certified flowers, which must meet strict environmental standards. Other certifications that might give you peace of mind include those from the Rainforest Alliance and EcoBlooms. Opt for flowers grown at local nurseries to help cut down on the resources need to ship and store them. Also, potted plants are usually grown locally and will last longer than cut flowers. Many can be transplanted outdoors to last for years.
Dinner and Drinks
Why not show your Valentine you really care by make dinner from scratch with organic and locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats? Seeking out these foods can be good for you and the planet. You can visit a farmer’s market for inspiration or even the local section at your favorite supermarket. Adding a delicious local wine and a few candles would be a nice touch. Instead of traditional petroleum-based candles, light soy or beeswax products. They won’t pollute the indoor air as you enjoy your meal.
Dessert is always my favorite part of a Valentine’s Day dinner. Whether you are making a decadent chocolate dessert or shopping for that perfect box of candy, know what you are really eating. Organic chocolate will taste better because you’ll know that the cocoa beans were grown without synthetic chemicals. That is good for you, the environment and the farmers who grow them. If you want to protect farmers even more, look for chocolates marked “fair trade.” The people in the field have safer working conditions and were given what is considered a fair wage.
Terri Bennett: DoYourPart.com
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