How to do Valentine’s the eco-friendly way
Show your love for the planet and each other this Valentine’s Day with these fabulous eco-friendly gift ideas for her, him and both of you, writes Caroline S. Asante, founder of Sustainable Diva, a new online portal featuring conscious fashion, beauty, causes and people
For Her: Harmony Life Shop Rose Quartz and Howlite Bracelet, £12.83 plus shipping, https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/582748620/howlite-rose-quartz-bead-bracelet-pink?ga_search_query=rose%2Bquartz&ref=shop_items_search_6&pro=1&frs=1
Rose quartz is well-known as the crystal of love and is said to enhance and bring greater love energy to its wearer. It is also known to be beneficial in strengthening love partnerships and marriage relationships. Howlite is known to bring knowledge, remove stress and relieving insomnia. What’s not to love?
For both: The Weekend Bag by Elvis and Kresse, made from discarded fire hose, £310.00, https://www.elvisandkresse.com/collections/bags/products/weekend-bag?variant=22799249991
For more than a decade, Elvis and Kresse have been rescuing all of London's retired fire hoses by lovingly handcrafting them into sustainable luxury bags and accessories. The Weekend Bag is part of their Firehose Collection, made from genuine decommissioned hose, completed with lining material rescued from Burberry's Yorkshire workshop. Each bag is totally unique so no two are the same. Bonus.
For each bag purchased from The Firehose Collection, 50% of the profits are donated to The Fire Fighters Charity. This heroic material, once used to save lives, gets a second chance to keep giving back. Valentine’s love at its best.
For her: Nuori Lip Treat, 100% natural and toxin, paraben and cruelty free, £24, https://www.naturalyoucosmetics.com/lip-treat-tinted/
The Nuori Lip Treat provides a wonderful hint of colour and acts as a natural moisturiser for gorgeous looking lips. Sweet almond and apricot oils and avocado, shea and cocoa butters moisturise to soothe dry lips.
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For him: Sustainable safety razor and natural shaving cream set, various, https://www.theenglishshavingcompany.com/
Encourage the man in your life to eco-swap his disposable or battery powered razor to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly safety razor, using non-toxic and natural-ingredient shaving cream. A good example comes from Edwin Jagger, Europe's foremost manufacturer of luxury handmade shaving equipment. The brand’s razor and cream gift set comes with a luxurious, paraben-free, 99% natural, aloe vera based shaving cream, together with a quality shaving brush - an ideal eco-Valentine gift for experienced wet shavers or those looking to start shaving with a traditional double edge safety razor. All products are crafted and hand assembled in Sheffield.
Millions of disposable razors go into landfill in the UK every week; an estimated 5 billion each year. Disposable razors cannot be recycled through local recycling centres, so do not dispose of them in your bin, and not all razor blades can be recycled due to the way that they are fixed into the razor. however, double edge (de) safety razors can be recycled - find all the details at https://www.theenglishshavingcompany.com/blog/dispose-recycle-razor-blades
For the planet: Plant trees
Our planet needs us to show her love and attention love, more than ever. We need more trees to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, as trees help combat climate change.
What better way to show your love for Mother Earth than giving the gift of oxygen to yourself and others? According to the government’s climate crisis committee, in the United Kingdom we need 1.5bn new trees by 2050, if we are to meet the net zero carbon targets required to reduce air pollution and help reduce the planet’s urgent climate crisis.
Here are three easy tree planting initiatives you can join for Valentine’s day and plant a tree, learn to take care of trees and become engaged in nature conservation:
The Woodland Trust
You can buy single trees or packs from their shop. Delivery is free. See https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/why-plant-trees/
Trees for Cities
Join others in a tree planting party and make an impact on your city and community. See https://www.treesforcities.org/about-us
Living Woods North East
Help bring back native woodland in the North East by pledging to plant one hundred trees. Sign up and be invited to several tree planting events throughout the year. See https://livingwoodsnortheast.org.uk/about/projects/100-trees/
Meet Sustainable Diva
Caroline is a former award-winning BBC broadcaster, Eco Living Festival founder, climate activist and environmental engagement specialist with a Master of Science degree in Sustainability. She is founding editor of sustainablediva.org a new media online portal on the best global sustainable and upcycled fashion items and profile the designers that make them.
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