Love is the universal language but there are many ways to speak it. Join Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) in celebrating a more climate friendly Valentine’s Day with these tips:
- Upcycle old magazines or calendars to make your Valentine’s Day cards. It will save paper and show your sweetheart your creative side.
- Seek out ethical sweets this holiday. Choose chocolates that are organic, local, or shade-grown when possible. Bonus points if you can avoid individually wrapped treats to cut down on waste.
- Support local florists for your bouquet purchases. When possible opt for organically grown flowers or, better yet, give a potted plant that won’t need to be thrown out.
- Traveling to see your Valentine? Offset your carbon footprint. Simple actions like planting native trees (or supporting organizations that plant trees for you) can help offset emissions for your long-distance love.
- Avoid the classic teddy bear and go for locally made, eco-friendly gifts. It will cut down on shipping emissions and packaging, while also showing local businesses some love.
- Make restaurant reservations the climate would be proud of. Choose restaurants with locally sourced and sustainably grown food for your romantic meal. Sustainable agriculture protects waterways, soil health, and supports native wildlife.
Little decisions matter and you can make your Valentine’s Day even sweeter knowing you made climate-friendlier choices. Looking to do more to show your love for the environment? Check out DelNature’s programs and events for 2020.
Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world and improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Founded in 1964, DelNature is a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, watershed stewardship, and more. We manage over 2,000 acres of land and operate four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.
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