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Green Valentine's Day Ideas

Imported chocolates and cut flowers are very nice but they leave a pretty big carbon footprint.There are many environmentally friendly ways to to show your loved one how much you care this Valentine's day. This is a guide about green Valentine's Day ideas.
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February 14, 2007 Flag

February 14th is Valentines' Day. Consumers will purchase an estimated 180 million roses, 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and an incredible 188 million greeting cards (not including the kind packaged for kids). And that's just the United States. Valentine's Day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, and Italy. It's too bad that behind every long-stemmed rose, heart-shaped box of chocolates and fancy dye-cut greeting card is the potential for a disturbing set of environmental and social ills. Here are some ways to say 'I love you', while loving Mother Earth.
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Give Organic Flowers

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The Facts: More than 120 million (over 70%) of the roses sold for Valentine's day are imported from Central American and South American countries where it is legal to grow them using pesticides currently banned or restricted in the U.S. Not only are the greenhouse workers (many of whom are children) exposed to and injured by hazardous chemicals, but these chemicals leech into the soil and water and become a toxic part of the food chain. Spray from pesticides and herbicides also ends up in the atmosphere and fall in other parts of the planet as rain or snow. According to the Organic Trade Association, from stem to store, imported flowers travel an average of 1,500 miles. Not only does importing them contribute to global warming, but these toxic bouquets can end up being touched or inhaled by your loved ones on Valentine's Day.

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Buy Fair Trade Chocolate

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The Facts: West African economies rely heavily on revenues generated by exporting cocoa. According to the European Fair Trade Association, cocoa farmers receive less than an average of 5 cents for every dollar worth of cocoa they produce, while companies make 70 cents of profit on every dollar produced-14 times more. Even worse than the unfair trading conditions that exist, the U.S. State Department has reported that more than 15,000 children between the ages of 9 and 12 have been sold into forced labor on cotton, coffee and cocoa plantations in the northern Ivory Coast. Deforestation and the heavy use of chemical pesticides and herbicides have also taken a toll on the region's environment. Despite pressure from the Fair Trade Association, large chocolate manufacturers have not yet incorporated the use of fair trade chocolate into their products.

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Send Recycled Greetings

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

These are some great tips. However, I have not found any ideas/tips/tricks for children that are suppose to take valentine cards to school to exchange. My first grader is suppose to take 16 cards to her class, which means she'll also receive 16. Is there something we can do that is more creative and earth friendly? I'm trying to come up with something myself, but drawing a blank. Any suggestions?

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February 14, 2005 Flag

Start the day with something different. Wish Happy Valentines with a sweet message at 12 midnight.

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