LOVE IS IN THE AIR! Of course, as all of you know, Valentine’s Day is here. And in Canada, it’s also the Family Day long weekend.
Here at BeeBAGZ™, we 💛 love of all kinds – for partners, kids, friends, neighbours, parents, pets, and, naturally, Planet Earth! Here are a few tips on how to keep your footprint light and work towards your zero waste goals while you’re sharing all that love!!
Source Eco Chocolate
For many of us, delicious chocolate is synonymous with Valentine’s Day. But the truth is, all chocolate is not created equal. According to the World Wildlife Fund, chocolate production leads to deforestation and often involves child labour. But, more and more companies are working to make chocolate production less detrimental. One of our favourites is Alter Eco, crafted from organic cacao by farmers who are replanting South American rainforests.
Give Vintage or Locally Made Jewelry
Receiving a piece of jewelry selected just for you can feel pretty sweet. It will feel even better when you know it has a light footprint. That’s why we love vintage and second-hand. Typically, these unique pieces are higher quality (hence them lasting long enough to be second hand). If you’re in the market for something new, there’s no shortage of talented artisans who make handmade ethical pieces. Here in the Muskoka region, we love The Burnt Timber studio.
Pick Flowers Wisely
It’s hard to believe that conventional cut flowers (which seem like the most natural and organic gift around) could be an environmental no-no, but they typically travel thousands of kilometres to reach us. They are often harvested under poor labour conditions with insecticides and chemicals proven to be harmful to human health. Check out this Vox.com article for more information. You can also check out this site, slowflowers.com, which has a directory of florists in North America who are selling local, more sustainable products.
Keep Your Family Day Events Local
It’s so wonderful that we have a long weekend dedicated to our families – and whether you celebrate with the family you were born into or the family you’ve made, try to find an adventure nearby! Have a browse to see where you can skate, feast, make a toast, browse artisan creations and make the most of the three-day weekend.
Skip the reservations and the drive! Dim the lights and transform your dining room into a romantic setting for two! Cooking at home means you can choose your own ethical ingredients, according to your tastes. Perhaps search out new plant-based recipes to prepare with your loved one and make your Valentine’s dinner a culinary adventure you’ll really appreciate! Books like Cooking With Scrapsor Family: New Vegetarian Comfort Food to Nourish Every Day are sure to inspire.
We’re confident this tip is 100% zero waste and will likely warm the most hearts!