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Green is the Colour of Love

Flowers, cards, presents and romantic (candlelit) dinners seem to be time-honoured recipes for a typical if not perfect Valentine’s night out. On such an occasion, couples are granted the license to be openly amorous, and often openly extravagant. But while you are wrecking your brains for the sweetest itinerary for him/her, why not think creatively about greener ways of celebration? By reducing waste, you can also help keep your loved one’s carbon footprint figure nice and slim. Take this opportunity to say to him/her: My love for you covers the ground you tread upon-also the air you breathe, the sky you see...

Flowers, cards, presents and romantic (candlelit) dinners seem to be time-honoured recipes for a typical if not perfect Valentine’s night out. On such an occasion, couples are granted the license to be openly amorous, and often openly extravagant. But while you are wrecking your brains for the sweetest itinerary for him/her, why not think creatively about greener ways of celebration? By reducing waste, you can also help keep your loved one’s carbon footprint figure nice and slim. Take this opportunity to say to him/her: My love for you covers the ground you tread upon-also the air you breathe, the sky you see...

Huge bouquets of flowers have long become synonymous with Valentine’s Day. They get so commonplace that as a gift they verge on being boring-not to mention the short lifespan and high price. House plants may be good alternatives. Not only can they absorb carbon dioxide and soothe the eyes, they can also symbolise the burgeoning or flowering romance. Pots of fresh herbs coupled with the promise of a home-cooked meal are also sure to bring a smile to your lover’s face.

If your other half is bent on receiving flowers, consider buying from organic flowers growers. From any flower shop, choosing locally grown species instead of imported flowers will also help lower the “air miles” and hence carbon footprint of the bouquet in your hands.

Apart from flowers, we all love sweet words on a card. The British likes greeting cards so much that every year over 13 million cards are sold for Valentine’s Day, using up a huge amount of paper. Sending your lover an e-card or whispering it to his/her ears may be even closer to the heart.

A collage of colourful prints from magazine will make a unique gift-wrap for your present. Well-kept shopping bags can always be re-used. The more understated the packaging, the greater the wow effect will be when your loved one discovers the wonders inside.

A great dinner will top off a perfect Valentine’s date. Cooking an organic meal at home allows you to enjoy the process of creating together. You get set your own background music or even movies. If you fancy going out, restaurants serving meals using organic ingredients and less artificial favourings will also be a good choice. Organic farming involves no use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and produces much less greenhouse gas in the making than their chemicalised counterparts. So it’s good for your health and the planet’s. Ordering the right dishes of the right amount is also an art-too much food on the table is not a showcase of generosity but that of indulgence. After all, eating too much tends to ruin one’s mood!

Are you all prepared for Valentine’s? If you are still organizing your date, try to use your imagination and green your Valentine’s. Starting from this day of romance, spread your love for him/her to the living things around you. Love him/her, love also his/ her future.

Wishing you the sweetest, greenest Valentine’s every year!

To me, Low-carbon living is:
  • Reducing waste
  • Reducing unnecessary consumption
  • Reducing energy consumption
  • Kicking habits which are harmful to the environment and of no obvious purpose

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