Feeling loved is a big deal. Feeling loved on Valentine’s Day? Now that’s a REALLY big deal! Whether you like it or not, the gifts of affection you give on February 14th can speak volumes about you, and the state of your relationship, to your significant other.
Picking up a heart-shaped box of Valentine chocolates and dozen roses on your way home from work requires minimal thought and effort, yet each year Americans still shell out nearly $4 billion on candies and flowers alone during this holiday. When you consider that the majority comes package-wrapped in non-biodegradable materials and plastics, it becomes quite clear that this annual celebration of love comes at a very high cost–economically and environmentally!
The Cost of Love…
- Americans spend about $1.8 billion on candy for Valentine’s Day
- The U.S. spends $2.1 billion each Valentine's Day on clothing
- Flowers account for $2 billion of Valentine’s Day spending in the U.S.
- $2 billion worth of Valentine's Day flowers is spent each year in the U.S.
- A quarter of a million Americans buy V-Day gifts for more than one romantic partner
- About $900 million is spent in the U.S. each year on Valentine gifts for pets!
…Versus the TRUE Cost of Love
- 250 million fresh roses are produced and shipped to supply Valentine's demand each year.
- 58 million pounds of plastic-packaged chocolate are purchased for Valentine's Day each year
- Over 1 million trees are cut down each year to make Valentine greeting cards
- 36 million heart-shaped boxes are exchanged each year in the U.S. for Valentine’s Day
- Americans consume nearly 900 thousand bottles of sparkling wine during the Valentine holiday
- 18,000 metric tons of CO2 is generated to produce and ship Valentine roses to the U.S. each year
- U.S. Valentine’s Day consumption generates enough carbon emissions to drive around the world 3,993 times!
Be Her Valentine’s Day Hero by Going Zero (Waste)
Instead of a boring heart-shaped box of candy, or bouquet of roses, why not set yourself apart from the crowd with a zero waste present that protects the planet and preserves our future. Unlike all the wasteful consumables that everyone gives to their loved ones each year, a sustainable gift will never leave behind tons of plastic trash for the Earth to clean up for an eternity. These reusable products are purposely made to be used over and over, for years and years to come. So not only are they planet-smart; zero waste gifts are penny-wise! Go from chump to champ this Valentine’s Day, and profess your passion with a green product that protects the planet.
Below are 10 zero waste Valentine’s Day presents, which you can find at the Zero Waste Store, to leave your belle feeling smitten knowing she has herself a keeper, when you hand her a gift that’s a keeper.
Kent Organic Cotton Underwear
Give your super woman a zero waste gift, she can help save the world in comfort & style. The GOTS-certified KENT briefs are ethically-sourced and sustainably made. Each of the enticing designs are cut from a naturally hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial 100% pima cotton fabric that’s as soft as cashmere, making it a perfect zero waste Valentine’s Day gift for her to wear and you to stare.VIEW DETAILS
Adventurine Quartz Facial Roller
Treat your sweetheart to the calm, cooling sensation of an Aventurine quartz facial massage that’s designed to stimulate blood circulation, reduce puffiness & inflammation, and brighten her complexion. The smooth green quartz, and gorgeous gold accents, of this stunningly designed facial roller makes for a zero waste Valentine’s Day present that reflects just how beautiful and cool she really is.VIEW DETAILS
UpCircle Beauty Body Cream
Don’t do harm to the planet, or her body, with Valentine candies and chocolates that leave behind waste–and more waist! Protect the beauty of both with this all-natural hydrating cream made from up-cycled organic ingredients. With a zero waste Valentine gift to pamper her whole body, you’ll feel blessed seeing your darling angel glowing from halo to toe.VIEW DETAILS
Fat & the Moon Face Oil
She keeps you feeling healthy and balanced through thick & thin. So on Valentine’s Day, why not give a gift that returns the favor. This zero waste face oil is organically formulated with nutrient-rich plant extracts that keep her skin’s natural oil production in a beautiful balance, leaving her with a bright, healthy complexion that will make your friends–and hers–super jelly!VIEW DETAILS
Fruit Enzyme & Vitamin C Resurfacing Mask
Brighten the face that brightens your day with this zero waste Valentine’s Day gift that brightens our future. This citrus fruit-based clay mask is made from all-natural ingredients, and infused with a plethora of skin-essential vitamins and nutrients, to give her complexion a boost of vitality and a youthful glow.VIEW DETAILS
Dewyer Shroom Serum
For that special someone in your life who penetrates your soul, give a zero waste skin serum that permeates her pores and delivers a rich infusion of all-natural nourishment for her complexion. Its mushroom-based formula is made from completely organic ingredients that diminish signs of stress and tiredness and can provide a rejuvenating boost to her face at any hour of the day.VIEW DETAILS
Blossom Shampoo & Conditioner Bar Bundle
The perfect replacement for a wasteful bouquet, this floral scented hair care will leave your sweetheart’s strands smelling splendid and feeling as velvety soft and light as flower petals. One savory-scented smell zero-waste Valentine’s Day gift, you’ll both be left without a doubt that love is in the hair!VIEW DETAILS
Elate Lip Color Pencil
This versatile zero waste gift is the natural way accentuate her cupid’s bow, or add full color to her lips, to provide an alluring target to aim all your Valentine’s Day kisses at. The vegan Elate Lip Color Pencil is a long-lasting COSMOS certified lip enhancer that will help keep the planet–and her pucker-uppers–vivid and beautiful!VIEW DETAILS
Leaf Shave Razor
The perfect zero waste Valentine’s Day gift for men and women alike, this stainless steel reusable razor offers an uber-clean shave, allowing you to feel as physically close to your lover as you can possibly feel. With a shaver that’s designed to intimately glide over every curve on their body, you’ll find yourself wanting to do the same.VIEW DETAILS
Elate Essential Mascara
To the woman that lifts your spirits, give a zero waste Valentine’s Day gift that lifts and lengthens her lashes. Teeming with lash-conditioning natural ingredients, this ethically-sourced, vegan eyelash enhancer is perfectly made to accentuate the windows to your lover’s soul.VIEW DETAILS