Sustainability Corner: Green Valentine’s Day

“Happy Valentine’s Day”!

Now stop for a minute. Let the message sink in. Imagine what your ‘happy’ Valentine’s Day really looks like. Most probably it involves the usual – chocolates and flowers, beautiful glittery cards, lots of gifts and food, eventually having a romantic candle light dinner. Well, if you are eco-friendly, you might also want to think of equivalent alternatives to fulfill your perfect Valentine’s Day.

happy eco-friendly valentine's day

It’s a big day to celebrate with your loved ones especially if you don’t get to express your love towards them every day. Most people celebrate it with their significant other, while others celebrate it with their friends and family. Regardless of how you are planning to spend the day, it is always great to be responsible towards the environment by being eco-friendly.

Being eco-friendly is actually not hard at all. With the amazing vibes floating around you, remember to K.I.S.S., Keep it Simple Silly! There are very simple ways you can show your love for the environment. For starters, all you need to do this Valentine’s Day to win your “eco-friendly badge” is to recycle responsibly. RECYCLE, RECYCLE AND RECYCLE!

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Approximately one billion greeting cards and nearly 36 million heart-shaped boxes, along with cellophane, paper wrappers and foil are used on this day which eventually ends up at the landfill. This is a very serious issue since it can be drastically reduced if we all just recycle responsibly.

Remember, to K.I.S.S.! Plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans, newspaper, magazines and slick inserts are typical recycling items you will come across on this day. 

If you are buying special gifts for your loved ones this Valentine’s day, choose to invest in sustainability, stick to a green Valentine’s and K.I.S.S. We want our gifts to be a symbol of our relationship with that person, and one of the most important aspects is its continuity, its sustainability. We want our relationship to be sustainable, the same way we need to invest responsibly for a sustainable environment.  You can be eco-friendly and romantic at the same time by following a few easy tips:

  • Buy flowers from the local suppliers. Ask them for pesticide-free flowers. By buying pesticide-free flowers, you are enriching the global agriculture, reducing bee killings and air pollution.
  • Buy chocolates and candies with the Fair Trade logo. By doing so, you will be helping the cocoa producers to invest 46% of fair-trade premiums in improving productivity and quality.
  • Be creative and add your own touch by making homemade cards. Keeping it unique by using recycled materials within your own design will make your loved ones really appreciate the extra effort you put in, just to see their smile!

You could also knit something for your loved one. Winter here in Canada is freezing and surely your knitted piece will provide them with comfort. Layering up not only provides comfort but also saves up heating costs.

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UTSC Sustainability Office recently organized “Sustainable Stitch: Knitting and Tacky Sweater Day” where participants learned the basics of knitting from types needles, yarn and wool, to simple knitting techniques.

It is definitely a good idea to drop by our office and learn more about our future events and gain knowledge about sustainable lifestyle choices. Valentine’s Day is a very special day and we want our memories to be precious. Being eco-friendly will add great value to your effort to show love towards everyone around you. Remember to K.I.S.S. and have a green Valentine’s Day!

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