Valentines Day Doesn’t Love The Environment

Reflection to Elementary School

 Since it is Valentines Day I was remembering back to my youth when I was in elementary  school. In elementary school parents buy cards for everyone in the class and attach candy to them. This is basically a requirement seeing as if you are the only one not giving a valentine you are at high risk of becoming the class outcast. I remember just as every child I loved getting all the candy, but once I looked at the card once it became unnecessary waste.

The Waste in Valentine’s 

According to Hallmark 188 million Valentine’s day cards are exchanged in America every year which doesn’t include the packaged valentines that schoolchildren give. Although this paper waste is not as much as wrapping paper during Christmas it still has a huge negative impact on the environment.

Green Valentines

For an alternative to buying valentines a great blog I found called ecocrazymom found a great way to create up-cycled homemade valentines from envelopes. Another idea is to make recycled valentines from cardboard and used printing paper. The information on this can be found on How to.

Some alternatives when sending cards to your loved ones are use cards that are plantable paper or seed paper. Some websites to check out for cards are botanical paperworks, Eco Party Time, and Green Field Paper Company.

So I hope that some of you consider this for next year and for all the holidays that use cards.

Will you use some of these resources? Do you have any ideas on how to create green valentines?

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~ Kahlil Gibran 

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Posted on February 14, 2012, in environment, Holiday/Christmas, Trash, Uncategorized, Woldwide and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wish I had seen this in time to send it to my kids school. The thought is nice, but your point about it being more of a fear of not being an outcast seems to be the predominate theme.

    • I would have to disagree with this comment, I think the predominate theme and main point of this entry is that the culture of valentine’s day is there, and if you are going to participate in it you should do it in a green way which has less environmental impact.

      I know that teachers tell parents that everyone has to bring a valentine day card for everyone or else they are not able to receive them either, and I know children would feel very sad if they were the only ones not to get valentine’s.

      I definitely will have to try this next year! I especially like the plantable cards because they are a gift that keeps giving.

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