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Here are a few ways to be more waste-conscious this Valentine’s day.
Let’s face it- most of the ‘go-to’ gifts for Valentine’s day are the ones that you end up putting in the cupboard a week or two after. If you’re going to spend money on the giant teddy bear, make sure that it’s going to be loved and put on display. If not, opt for something that will be used or go for an experience rather than a gift. This will ensure minimum waste- not to mention maximum enjoyment!
Some people have a keepsakes box for cards from Valentine’s pasts and if that’s the case- the card is the right way to go. However, if your loved one is in the group that throws away the card after a week or two, then ditch the card for an alternative. You can send a video message, use an old photo to write your Valentine’s message on or think of other waste-free alternatives!
There are many gifts out there now that are made from recovered ‘waste’ products. As well as that, we should always think about the long-term life of the product we’re buying- is it reusable or recyclable? Why not thinking about purchasing a ‘keep-cup’ for your Valentine to reduce the amount of plastic or cardboard waste they consume in a year.
These are just a few ways we could be more waste-conscious this Valentine’s day, but we know that you’ll have many more ideas to share. Get in touch with more ideas on Twitter @CDEnviro or LinkedIn.