Love the Air You Breathe
Valentine’s Day is not just about showing love and gratitude to those you hold close to you but also showing love to the things around you. There isn’t a better way to show gratitude than practicing clean air initiatives.
Although it is a special day, the waste we produce from the holiday harms the environment. It’s important to be mindful of certain impacts and in turn, practice different methods to show love to your significant other or family.
The Importance of Supporting Local
According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, 360 metric tons of carbon emissions could be attributed to the transportation of flowers from South America to North America in the 3 weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. A forest larger than the area of Houston would be needed to sequester that amount of carbon.
Instead, try sourcing your Valentine’s flowers from sustainable and local growers by buying flowers that are in season. Here are some North Texas flowers you might find in February.
Green Gifts Ideas
Opt for potted plants, reusable items, or even experiences like bike rides, picnics, and hiking. The plan is not to completely get rid of Valentine’s Day but to choose methods that have less impact on our communities and the air that we breathe.
You could also try long-lasting gifts like crocheted flowers, a piece of art, or a homemade card. Creating your own greeting card allows you to control the materials you use along with the thoughtfulness of creating something unique for the people you love.
Plan on wrapping gifts with non-plastic string, recyclable materials, or newspaper. Consider using things like old boxes from recent purchases or past holidays to help reduce the impact that plastic has on our environment.
Car Free Date Night
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, carbon dioxide makes up 95% of all transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce emissions, think about public transportation options such as buses, trains, and bicycles. You can reduce your carbon footprint with the bonus of scenic views. This choice adds excitement and adventure to an already special day. Public transit services in the North Central Texas region include DART, Trinity Metro, DCTA, and Arlington’s rideshare app.
Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. You can also carpool with friends for a movie night! By sharing a ride with one or more people, you are reducing the number of cars on the road. According to a carpooling market report, the U.S. carpooling market is expected to grow an estimated 15.9% by 2030.
Home Sweet Date
Save money and reduce emissions altogether by staying in. There’s nothing better than a home-cooked meal in the comfort of your own home. Take the time to decorate and incorporate sustainable practices for a perfect night that your partner will never forget. Check out these Valentine’s dinner ideas here.
Embracing green alternatives for Valentine’s isn’t about diminishing the celebration but about making choices that are better for our air quality.