Valentine's Day Alternatives

You’ve all seen the videos, you know I’m crazy about the planet. The fresh cut floral industry, especially around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day is an environmental nightmare.

Some “Fun Facts”:

  • Roughly 91% of our roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums are imported from developing countries in South America and Africa, namely Ecuador, Colombia, and Ethiopia.

  • These places have minimal regulation on chemical fertilizers and pesticides for florals since they aren’t edible.

  • Many chemicals used are banned or untested in the U.S. and are causing severe health problems for the workers in these countries.

  • These chemical pollutants are making their way into the air we breath, into our soil, and our water systems.

  • Florals require intense irrigation which is unsustainable for countries like Ethiopia, who are already water stressed.

  • Many of these florals have to be flown on a refrigerated plane which produces harmful emissions, depleting the ozone, and intensifying global warming.

  • The land mass that is being taken to grow florals has grown 12 times since the late 1990s and continues to grow. (Goodbye trees and other essential crop lands).

So what should you do to show your honey you love them? Well, here are some ideas.

  • Experiences > Gifts. Personally, I’m a huge fan of trying new things, going new places, and exciting date nights like bowling, roller skating, or going to a concert.

  • Silk florals still have an impact, but if you’d like to do something special, consider silks as a lesser evil and something that can be enjoyed for years to come even if neither of you have a green thumb.

  • Potted plants that are more tolerant like cacti or succulents.

  • Fair Trade, Organic Chocolate

  • Upcycle something in your house as a homemade Valentine (ie: old fabrics, ribbons, yarn, clothing, old magazine clippings, etc.)

  • Stay Tuned for our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

Kayla Dunn