Low-waste Living, Tips

Sustainable Ways to Express Your Love

It’s the second day of February which means Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day are soon approaching. I don’t know about you, but I typically don’t do a lot of gifting for either of these holidays. I mainly celebrated it as a kid, when I was in a serious relationship, and in the early years of motherhood. Don’t get me wrong I still do something special for my loved ones/children BUT now with a sustainable approach.

The following are a few sustainable ways you can express your love this Galentine’s/Valentine’s season.

Picture of various love-themed decor and DIY gifts.

General Decor

  • Keep it simple with some dried flowers in a glass jar
  • Get creative with toilet paper rolls (paper towel rolls work as well) and cardboard to make some heart decor.
  • Place a love phrase in a picture frame (secondhand if buying one).
  • Save the decor for the future.

Special Meal + Treats

  • Remember to take your own container for that special dinner leftovers.
  • Cooking/Baking is a great way to express your love so take time to make a special memorable meal or treat.
  • Stop by your local bulk candy shop to get treats to put in a jar.
  • If giving chocolate focus on environmentally friendly and palm-free chocolates.

Sustainable Gifts

  • Dried flowers, houseplant, or paper roses are better for the environment
  • Experience-based options include a cooking class, coupon for a special night out in the summer, or
  • Let your creativity guide you in making a special DIY gift like a handmade seed hearts or a coffee scrub.
  • Put together a sustainable living basket — self-care bundle, cleaning bundle, pet bundle.
  • If you are going to buy always buy local and support small businesses.

School Celebrations

  • No need to buy a new box for school valentines – reuse a cereal or tissue box.
  • Get creative and make your own valentines (cereal boxes are quite sturdy). Look into seeded paper notes if must buy.
  • Valentine treat ideas – DIY crayons, seasonal fruit, paper-packaged candy, matchbook notepads.

There are definitely more suggestions than what I’ve provided so share in the comments additional options.


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