While Valentine’s day is a time to celebrate the love we have for each other, for many it’s also a day full of cuddly toys, chocolates and soppy cards. But let’s face it, that’s a whole lot of waste for one heart-shaped day…
Plastics and pesticides have been hot topics across the planet in 2017. This Valentine’s Day is a reminder to share the love with each other and our planet.
Here are a few eco-friendly alternatives to the Valentine’s classics to get you started!
First of all, wear and share a green heart this year to show your love for our environment!
Take a look at The Climate Coalitions craft ideas and knit, cook or even try your hand at origami. Share your hearts on social media to remind your friends and family to #ShowTheLove.
2. Have you ever bought the present, but forgotten the card? Get creative this year and make your Valentine’s Day card out of old magazines and recycled paper.
After China’s new restrictions on our recycled waste imports, it is now more important than ever to be aware of the amount of rubbish we collect. Reusing cardboard, magazines, and any bits and bobs that are lying around will say ‘I love you’ to both your loved one and our planet – don’t worry it’s not cheating!
3. And on that note, why not make the present too! Show your love for the wildlife on your door step and have a go at creating a bird feeder out of an old bottle.
Climate change is affecting bird migrations, and the species we often see in our gardens are declining rapidly.
Follow this tutorial and attract some of our much-loved backyard visitors into your garden!
Additionally, spend your Valentine’s Day enjoying the outdoors and have a look at making your garden more bird-friendly with these top tips.
4. If you’re not quite up for getting creative, how about donating the money you’d spend on a present to a cause that helps support our wildlife.
There is an incredible amount of conservation charities that contribute to the protection of our planet. Have a look at one near you to share your love locally.
5. Or maybe a bunch of flowers will suffice. This year, make sure to buy a pesticide-free bouquet to show that your love is organic.
Pesticides have huge, harmful effects on our wildlife, as we have seen with the bees in the UK. Buy organic this year and save more than your relationship.
2017 saw an incredible amount of love for our planet. Together we have backed campaigns to stop fracking in the Australian state of Victoria, while new laws in the Czech Republic were finalised to protect their national parks from logging and construction, and the UK are now supporting tougher restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides.
This Valentine’s Day let’s #ShowTheLove some more!
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