Some people want to puke pink when they think of Valentines Day… and I get it, it’s a little desperate… but it is also really sweet to take a moment to do a small gesture to show people that you care about them, whether intimately or not.
But Valentines day can be full or junk. Trash. Garbage. Which to me is the real depressing part. This is why I’m teaming up with Sustain Natural to show give you some ideas on how to have a Zero Waste Valentines Day.
Wait, but aren’t condoms trash? Yes. They are. But I have talked about this before. While condoms produce garbage, they are a much better option that having unprotected sex and risking getting an STD or having an unplanned pregnancy which will result in bigger issues than just trash. Since I haven’t found an option for a waste free way to safely have sex, Sustain is my favorite next best thing. While you can’t recycle their packaging (I haven’t found a condom company with recyclable packaging) you could technically burn the used condom since they are made from natural materials. Extreme, but if you’re into it… I’m into it.
What’s so special about Sustain that I want to partner with them? Well, their condoms are made from fair trade rubber and are free of nitrosamenes, a naturally occurring chemical in the latex manufacturing process that is carcinogenic (cancer-causing). They are currently one of the only manufacturers removing this chemical from condoms and I sure as hell don’t want carcinogens in my vag, thanks.
OKAY back to our regularly scheduled post… Here are a few ideas for how to have a Zero Waste valentines day with your lover, or just with someone you love.
This is my favorite. What is more lovely than creating memories with someone that you care about? Here are some ideas I love:
- Buy tickets to a movie or a show (make sure to get a PDF instead of printed)
- Take a long walk and pack a Zero Waste picnic
- Book a massage and bring your own oil (lots of places use a petroleum based oil) I love to bring my own sweet almond or coconut oil in a jar for them to use
- Go to a museum
PLANTS VS. FLOWERS
I hate cut flowers because they are grown far away and sprayed with pesticides which is no bueno. Instead, you have choices. Last year my dad planted 50 trees for me for valentines day. He is amazing and it was the best present I have ever received for valentines day. Also, you could buy them a plant that grows like a succulent or a bulb, that way your loved one can be constantly reminded of you when they see the plant, plus they will help to filter the air!
Something that you make yourself is always an amazing gift. If you can knit, knit your heart out. If you can draw, draw. I love a DIY beauty product because it is something usable and you can package it sustainably. Need some ideas? Try my zero waste body lotion and package it in a beautiful glass jar (preferably upcycled)!
Once it’s made, you can wrap using this napkin folding technique!
A LOVE LETTER
I keep notes and letters forever. Whether your loved one is far or near, a note on a piece of handmade or upcycled paper is something that they can hold onto forever.
Staying in is always a great option. Head to the farmers market and stock up on some Zero Waste eats and cook a meal for your lover. Dessert… let’s just say coconut oil isn’t just for the kitchen.