Love the Planet This Valentine's Day

Whether you're planning an extravagant Valentine's Day celebration with the special person in your life, want to show a friend or family member how much you care—or both—why not show a little love to the planet this year with Valentine's gifts that are eco-friendly? With a little extra thought, planning, and creativity, you can relieve some of the stress involved in finding the perfect gift and give something that's sure to please loved ones and the environment.

Have you seen the cost greeting cards? Why not make your own using recycled materials like ribbon, colorful buttons, or beautiful pictures cut from old magazines? Chances are, a homemade card will be less likely to end up in the trash in a few days. Sure, roses are gorgeous—for about a week! Consider a flowering houseplant instead—some varieties bloom continuously and help purify the air too.

If you're looking for something even more special, look for fair-trade and eco-friendly jewelry, wine, or chocolates. An online search—or better yet—a trip to a local specialty shop or health food store should provide a number of good options. With a little effort, you'll be sure to make your Valentine—and your planet—happy.

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