If you plan to celebrate the high holiday of love this Valentines Day, green up your lovin’ with gifts that love the planet too. Here are my low impact romantic favorites:
Give organic roses. Traditionally, an amazing amount of toxic chemicals are used to grow perfect roses. So instead, order a certified green bouquet from www.organicbouquet.com . Organic flowers are grown without the use of synthetic chemicals meaning that it is healthier for the growers, pickers and florists who handle the stems. It’s also healthier for the soil and doesn’t contribute to water pollution. Organic Bouquet’s “Flowers for Good” program allows you to choose a charitable bouquet and 5% of your purchase will go to a specific charity.
I did find one local flower shop, at the last minute, that does carry organic roses
Enjoy a bottle of organic wine or bubbly. Winemakers that grow grapes organically or biodynamically are typically more careful in the entire winemaking process. They use fewer chemicals and are often “handmade” with love rather than bulk produced. Happier plants produce better fruit. The problem is that wine makers often don’t market their eco-wines as such, so you need to go to a wine shop that knows the vineyards that are sustainable, organic or biodynamic. Visit the experts at North Loop Wine and Spirits in Minneapolis to find the best green wine for you Valentine
Search out locally made all natural gourmet chocolates. Buying locally is one of the most important things you can do for the environment and the local economy. Spending that green goodwill on incredibly delicious handcrafted chocolates will score big points with your loved one. Local D’Lish in Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood has the best choice of sustainable chocolates that the city has to offer. Check out the chocolate tasting February 12th “Sweet Saturday” with local artists, jewelers, cards all for Valentines Day.
Wear or give green lingerie. Green CAN be sexy with U.K. company, Enamore, providing lingerie available online at www.PleasureGalaxie.com, selling earth-friendly products for grown ups. Beautiful panties, bras, sleep masks and camisoles made from herbal dyed natural silk satin and earth-friendly bamboo jersey. Oh la la!
Enjoy a more natural and safe love experience. After the flowers wine and chocolates, end the evening with nothing less than green intimacy. Find vegan condoms made without casein (a milk protein) and high-performance lubricants made from pure, natural and organic ingredients, and all natural aphrodisiacs at www.SmittenKittenOnline.com .
To see these good green ideas, check out my television segment on Twin Cities Live.