Approximately 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year, not including the packaged cards that tend to be exchanged in classrooms. This makes Valentine’s Day the second largest holiday for card giving after Christmas. Unfortunately, this also translates to increased global waste, as Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, Denmark, and Italy.
Here are five ways you can reduce your waste while spreading the love this year:
Make reservations at a restaurant that offers locally grown or organic food to reduce environmental impact associated with emissions along your food’s route to the table.
Skip the bouquet.
Potted plants last longer than cut flowers, offering a more sustainable reminder of your love. Plus, flowers like tulip and hydrangeas bloom in the spring making them perfect for a green thumb ready to return to the garden after winter.