Valentine’s Day is a great time to share your care; here are ways to do so without hurting anyone or anything.
I love Valentine’s Day and spreading little notes and treats around. Although I’m not perfect at it, trying to spread the love without spreading injustice and destruction is a top priority for me. This week’s issue of The Free Weekly is out today, and contains great articles on Comprehensive Sex Education, loving meat-producing animals, and the latest Making Ripples column about creating a Valentine’s Day gift box from a toilet paper roll! Here are some reminders for how to love your sweetie without harming the planet and other people:
- Buy local. Shipping things from far away adds to our climate change problem.
- Be fair. Chocolate isn’t harmless if children were enslaved to produce the sugar and the farmers don’t get paid fairly, so purchase fair trade chocolate.
- Know your ingredients. Even if a product doesn’t have a certified stamp on it, chances are, it could be harmless – research the ingredients if possible.
- Reuse before recycling. Turn something old into something new, and help reduce the waste stream.
- Roses have more than thorns. Make sure yours are produced sustainably.