The Valentine’s Day card market was worth £42.5m in 2012, and its value continues to increase in spite of social networking and texting. Although it ranks below Christmas, birthdays and Mother’s Day, the Valentine’s market is still big business, and its card and gift market still causes lasting damage to the environment- particularly when you consider that £262m is spent on flowers alone! So, this year, ditch tradition and do something green for Valentine’s Day. Here are our suggestions:
The Romantic Stroll
Instead of splurging on cliché chocolates or flowers, why not spend a little bit of time together away from the home and celebrate your relationship away from the overly packed restaurants and pubs?
Going on a romantic countryside walk together is the perfect way to celebrate your relationship away from the prying eyes of others where you can talk, be yourselves and reminisce about the past year. If you still want to buy a gift too, you can buy your significant other some walking gear form e-outdoor for the walk.
Taking a Weekend Away
If a walk isn’t enough and you want something even more special, then why not take a green weekend away?
We’ve already blogged about how great Snowdonia is as a green weekend, which can act as the perfect inspiration for your trip. A great, green, romantic weekend is the perfect way to solidify your love and show your significant other just how much you care without taking part in consumerism.
There are usually great deals available across Britain at this time of year, as holiday home owners have a bit of a lull between the Christmas and summer holiday peaks, so you could be well placed to grab yourself a bargain deal.
The Gift of Homemade
Finally, if you’re not a great lover of walks and lack the money for an extended break, then indulge in the gift of the homemade.
Homemade gifts are always that little bit more personal, no matter whether it is baking a cake, making something from woodwork or even just cooking dinner. Sometimes, a homemade dinner, a bottle of wine and a film is enough of a gift to say “I love you”.
So, there we have it, three green alternatives you can take this Valentine’s Day. It may just be one step towards saving the environment, but it’s a significant step to helping battle the negative impacts of consumerist Britain, especially if you get your friends involved, too.