Five Ways to Make Green the New Red This Valentine's Day

| by Rainforest Alliance

This Valentine's Day, sweethearts can demonstrate their love for one
another and for the environment by choosing gifts and activities that
support the environment and improve the conditions of workers and
communities around the world.

  • Buy responsibly-grown flowers – Make sure the bloom on your rose does not come at the expense of the environment. If you're giving a bouquet, look for flowers at Whole Foods Market and Costco that bear the green frog Rainforest Alliance Certified
    seal. Rainforest Alliance Certified farms eliminate deforestation,
    protect soil and waterways and provide decent wages, housing, education
    and health care to workers and their families.
  • Forget gifts, head outdoors – Rather than spending
    money on jewelry and other gifts that are stored away and soon
    forgotten, plan an activity together that will get your heart pumping
    and demonstrate your appreciation for your local environment. Depending
    on where you live, consider cross-country skiing, ice skating,
    snowshoeing, a romantic canoe ride or a stroll through the woods.
  • Chocolates can be a sweet deal for the environment and farmers - Farmed on over 17 million acres of tropical land, some 15 million farmers earn their living by harvesting cocoa.
    Make sure the chocolate you buy contains cocoa grown in a way that
    protects tropical forests and the rights and welfare of workers and
    their communities. Newman's Own Organics, Vintage Plantations and
    Kallari are Rainforest Alliance Certified options now available now at
    Whole Foods Markets.

  • Give cards made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper
    – Nothing is more thoughtful than a homemade card. You can extend that
    sentiment to forest communities by crafting your card using
    FSC-certified paper, which guarantees that the pulp comes from
    responsibly managed forests. FSC-certified paper is available at
    Staples and Office Depot. If arts and crafts aren't your thing, you can
    purchase FSC-certified Valentines Day cards from mygoodgreetings.com
    or you can consider buying Flower Seed Paper, which contains wildflower
    seeds in the fibers of the card, allowing your sweetheart to plant your
    card in the spring.
  • Save emissions (and money) by staying in - If you want to minimize your CO2
    emissions, stay in and cook a romantic dinner using locally-grown
    foods. Be sure to dim the lights and dine by candlelight! If you do opt
    to eat out, remember that walking and public transit are the most
    eco-friendly modes of transport.