I love love. Which is why I love Valentines Day. Some would argue that ‘Hallmark’ holidays are consumerist and I guess that can be true… but it doesn’t have to be. That’s the great thing about the eco-creativity movement; you can take any idea and paint it green. So how about making sure your Valentines Gifts are just as nice to the planet as they are to your loved one. Here is some inspiration…
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Sweet Green Eats
Your standard box of chocolates is unhealthy for everyone involved: unhealthy sugars and fats to clog your arteries and lots of unnecessary packaging to clog our waterways. So why not get creative and try these healthy romantic alternatives…
Box of Healthy Love Cookies
Don’t go buy a new gift box… you could use an old shoe box or maybe an upcycled cereal box?
Heart Shaped Carrots
Float these healthy hearts in soup or mix them through a salad!
Healthy Lunch Box Surprise
You could make the tags from old manila folders or wallets. A cute surprise for kids.
A Healthy Hearty Dessert
I don’t think anything says I love you like a handmade gift!
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
GORGEOUS. Plantable paper seed hearts! Imagine filling these with herb seeds. Flavoring their dishes with love! (I am sorry for that… it was really cheesy).
Scrap Fabric Sweetheart Frame
A lovely thing to sit on your loved ones desk to remind them that they are still your sweetheart…
Recycled Wood String Art
I am in love with this!!! Imagine using wood from an old pallet and some old shed scraps…
A Love Note Poster
Something gorgeous for your loved one to stick up at their desk, made from an old book page.
“Remember, I Love You’s”
An upcycled jar + some scrap fabrics = Cutest gift ever.
Hide these love hearts in secret places for your loved ones to find!
The Alternative Bouquet
A bunch of flowers may be pretty but did you know they are often imported from other countries – often developing nations that are using precious resources to grow flowers instead of food! You can read more about that in my post here but in the meantime, how about rethinking the bouquet and going for a more sustainable bunch of goodies.
Upcycled Magazine Flowers
I made these flowers out of old magazines…
A Bouquet of Buttons
Cranberry Roses, anyone?
The Living Bouquet
What could be better than a bouquet that is 100% natural and lasts forever! Why not get a pot plant. My favourite would have to me the Chain of Hearts. Long vines of heart shaped flowers… divine.
What a lovely way to make someone feel loved! Surprises are amazing… imagine walking in a house decorated with some of these things?
Love Heart Garland
Wreath From Old Greeting Cards
This would be the perfect way to use up all those old red Christmas cards!!!
An Ambient Centerpiece
Use natural twine and love hearts made from magazines or book pages.
A Heart Plaque Made from Spools
Hopefully that gets you inspired to get creative this Valentines Day! And who says gifts should just be for your partner… spread the love far and wide. This world needs as many good vibes as it can get!