Eco-friendly ways to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day

Oh, Valentine’s Day! A day dedicated to the special people in your life, both romantic and non-romantic. If you wander into a CVS or Walgreens in the next few weeks, you’ll be greeted by mountains of red and pink cards, candies and trinkets to commemorate your life.

These are all tempting purchases to make, but resisting them can lead you to explore even more intimate and romantic ways to profess your love.

Here are our favorite ways to say “I love you” while loving the earth too.

house cards

Store-bought cards are perfect and eye-catching, but they can also look a little cheesy and impersonal. This year, step away from the mass-produced laminated cards and get creative by making your own!

The beauty of making something yourself is that you can customize it as much as you want. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s part of what makes it so charming. You could even incorporate jokes or reasons why this person is so special to you.

Acts of service

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t things you can put in a box or bag. Acts of service are romantic thoughts and ways to show someone you care. They can be functional like cleaning the house or running errands, but they can also be a bit sexy (wink, wink) depending on one’s mood.

You could even turn your acts of service into little coupons that your loved one can cash in. This way, they don’t feel like they only have one day to take advantage of your kind gestures.

Airbnb in nature

What better way to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day than being nestled in nature? Renting an Airbnb for a night or two is a special way to reconnect with your partner while drowning out the bustle of the outside world.

Airbnb has a great selection of cabins across the country (and around the world!). So whether you’re looking for something high in the mountains or in the middle of the desert, you’re bound to find a space to set the mood.

Homemade food and pastries

Does your lover have a sweet tooth? The best way to make sure your Valentine’s Day doesn’t produce a lot of trash is to make everything edible!

Chocolates or a candlelight dinner are always a win in our books. Bonus points if they are vegan!

If you don’t feel like buying your partner snacks, try your hand at cooking. You can bake them heart-shaped sugar cookies or try to recreate a dish from their favorite restaurant. Again, the goal isn’t perfection, it’s customization, so put your heart into what you’re making – but also be sure to read the recipe carefully!

Check out these delicious Valentine’s Day recipes:

Ditch the Teddy Bears and Other Disposable Gifts

Valentine’s Day trinkets like teddy bears holding hearts and plastic balloons that will deflate in days are relatively dull ways to show someone how much you care. They also almost always end up in the trash, which isn’t very romantic.

This year, think about what kind of gift you want to give your loved one and where they might end up a year from now.

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