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Tips for a Greener Valentine’s Day

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) has some useful advice for a greener Valentine’s Day:

  • “Purchase organic or sustainably grown flowers that are free from chemicals, and other harmful pesticides. Doing so will spur economic and local involvement, and may introduce you to a new place to purchase plants and flowers with the knowledge they are healthy and safe for the environment, making them viable for composting or other recycling measures. Check out Organic Bouquet and Local Harvest to find your flowers.”
  • “As another alternative to cut flowers, buy a cactus, orchid, or cyclamen. Cut flowers last a week, and are associated with poor labor conditions, heavy chemical and water use, and non-recyclable wrapping waste.”
  • Look for fair-trade products like delicious, socially, environmentally and economically sustainable chocolate to show your support in fair wages, housing, education, and healthcare for the workers in third-world countries that provide you with your special gift, food, or sentiment.”( See our previous coverage on brands to consider.)
  • The most important gift of all: The wine. Look to purchase organic wines, that are sustainably grown and free of chemicals, will remove your harm on the environment. In addition, look to local wineries to support the local economy, community, and environment.

The NYLCVEF also provides a weekly newsletter with more tips on energy, food, household, and garden topics.

Joyce Newman
Joyce Newman
Joyce H. Newman is an Emmy Award-winning environmental journalist, educator, and gardener. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden, and is a tour guide there.
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