This Valentine’s Day, we’re asking our followers to #CutThroughCute, curb the commercialism and plant a tree for your loved one.
It comes round so soon – the day where you are supposed to present that perfect, delightfully thought-out present to your unsuspecting other half. But there is a tide-change and it’s been heading our way for a while: people are waking up to the waste.
So if you’re looking for an eco-friendly way to impress this year – have a think about the following things:
Shiny heart-shaped balloons
Did you know that foil balloons are not biodegradable? These are the type you’ll most often find in shops. They also represent a threat to the ocean and animal welfare if they are left to drift into the atmosphere…
Again, like the foil balloons, if the paper is made or contains elements of foil, plastic or glitter, it is probably not recyclable. There’s a little trick that sometimes helps – if the paper passes the ‘scrunch test’ (it holds its shape while scrunched up) it’s probably safe to be recycled. But in all cases, check with your local recycling centre.
What can be so wrong with flowers you ask?! In principle, nothing. Flowers will brighten up anyone’s day, but pay attention to the additions of shiny paper or plastic string to tie up the bouquet. Also consider the provenance of the flowers, have they travelled far to get to the shop? Is that time worth the few days that they’ll be sat on the windowsill?
Of course we couldn’t just leave you with a lot of question marks over what to do for Valentine’s Day without offering you the solution: our Valentine’s Day E-Card and Tree is the perfect eco-friendly gift for 2020, meaning you can say “I love you” in the most genuine, non-wasteful way possible.