Sustainable Valentine's Day

Love is in the air! If you haven't decided what to get your partner, friend, family, or even yourself for Valentine's Day, Fooditive has you covered with our sustainable gift guide. Not only are they better for the planet but they're also great for the wallet.

1. Buy a plant

Instead of flowers that tend not to last longer than two weeks, a plant can be looked after for years to come. Plants are a gift that keeps on giving. A plant can make a great gift that will not only be unique, but something that is more environmentally friendly. If you know someone who loves plants, buying plants as gifts could be the ideal choice for Valentine's Day.

2. Dry your flowers

Whether you are giving flowers and getting them, the best solution for dying flowers is to dry them. Just hang your flowers from a hook or coat hanger in a dark closet for 2 weeks and they will be dried so you can store them forever. They last so much longer then fresh!

3. Bake instead of buy

Instead of running out to the store and buying all of those sweets, why not try something new? Baking is a great way to show someone how much you care. If you're looking for some new recipes, stay tuned for a special Valentine's Day recipe.

4. Make a card

Don't feel like picking out a card this year? Make your own! It's easy, and personal. Use some paper you have lying around the house, cut out some hearts, write a poem…it doesn't matter if you're not that creative. If you don't trust in your creativity, you can even send a digital card. Valentine's Day is the perfect day to tell someone how much they mean to you, so don't forget to appreciate your friends, family, and partner for who they are.

5. Have a homecooked meal

Treat your partner to a meal made from scratch with ingredients. Then have an intimate, candlelit dinner for two. By making the effort to cook for your loved one, you will be helping the planet plus saving money and time.

6. Buy ethically made jewellery

If you're looking for gifts this Valentine's Day, why not make it sustainable? There are many brands that make jewellery is made from recycled materials and are made by local artists. Gift your loved one a piece that lasts and looks beautiful. If you want to find out more about how we make our jewellery sustainable, take a look at Etsy or any of these brands: Norrfolks, JEM, Maren, or Leni Adam.

7. Thrift for gifts

Thrift stores offer unique gifts for your valentine and help you save money for the rest of the year. You can find anything from second hand clothing, jewellery, cameras, cassettes and CDs, and even furniture.

8. Find fairtrade chocolate

You don't need to give up chocolate on Valentine's Day. Fairtrade chocolate is ethically sourced and helps improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in developing countries. You can find this at most supermarkets but it's important to look for certification.

9. Buy something your partner needs

There is no better gift than a gift of thoughtfulness and love. Whether it's a pair of socks or new soap, they'll appreciate the thought behind it. If you're still stuck, try to look at it from your loved one's perspective too. Do they like practical gifts? Something fun?

10. Gift an experience

An experience gift can be anything from museums or theatre tickets to a weekend away. The sustainability behind gifting an experience is that you are giving something that will last; an intangible moment with someone you love.

Let us know who you will be spending Valentine's Day with and what gift you got for them!

- The Fooditive Family.

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