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Green Valentine's Day Ideas

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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

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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The Alternatives

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 14, 20050 found this helpful

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

2. Plan your day well in advance where to go and so that not even a single second be wasted.

3. Valentine's Day is special therefore don't forget to give a special gift to that special partner.

4. To make it different from other days get ready in a purely different outlook so that it attracts your partner.

5. Don't forget to share the every movement by sometimes giving a kiss and other times may be a hard hug. Every time saying I LOVE YOU.

6. The fragrance you will use that day put a bit of that on your partners palm or near his heart while leaving him so that he can not sleep whole night thinking of you only.

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