It is that time of year again and it comes out of nowhere. Valentine's Day is a time to get a thoughtful gift for someone special in you life. It also is a massively over commercialised holiday and it comes at an environmental cost with all the cards that are usually thrown away. UK buyers have bought nearly 18.7 million Valentines cards in 2016. Below are some top tips to have a more sustainable Valentines Day!
Cards: To reduce your Valentine's Day waste footprint is to keep your cards or even recycle it. It’s important to check the back of the card to see if you can recycle it, as some cards are not recyclable due to glitter and the types of plastic on it.
Flowers: Flowers are gorgeous, a wonderful gesture and they come from the Earth. However, once they are done looking pretty on the windowsill, they spend a long time in the landfill. If you’re getting your special someone a bouquet, try your best to create one without any plastic wrapping or ribbon, but rather use paper and string. An alternative to a bouquet of flowers are potted plants! They last so much longer and can be used as decorations, all while cleansing the air you breathe!
Sweets: Chocolate or sweets are a key staple for a Valentine's Day gift. The average box of chocolate has some recyclable parts while other bits are non-recyclable. When you're finished indulging, you will have to separate recyclables from non-recyclables.
Recycle Now, states that cardboard and lining paper within chocolates are recyclable, while the outer film is not. The inner black plastic tray is not recyclable, however the clear ones can be!
Fortunately, lots of chocolate brands are hoping on the sustainable trend and making their packaging entirely recyclable.
Wrapping: Receiving gifts is always fun, but it doesn't have to be wrapped up! All of the wrapping paper and tissue paper we use to wrap up presents ends straight up in the landfill. Some wrapping paper is widely recycled, however, make sure you check the labels before you toss it in the recycling bin.
Happy Sustainable Valentines Day!