Have a Sustainable Valentine's Day
Sustainable Overton volunteer Holly talks about how we can all reduce waste this Valentine's Day.
It’s that time of year again, when the shops are overflowing with red balloons, cuddly toys with hearts on and soppy slogans! It’s Valentine’s Day! Love it or hate it, its here to stay but you don’t have to buy into the notion of showing your love in these ways. Here are some more sustainable ideas to show your love for your partner (and the planet) this Valentine’s Day!
My first solution to EVERYTHING is buy second-hand. Charity shops are amazing treasure-troves, there are second-hand shops, online stores like Oxfam, vinted, eBay, Depop… almost anything you want to buy, you can find it second-hand!
Can’t find it second-hand (or know that your partner isn’t keen on preloved) then maybe find something made from recycled materials! Check out Waterhaul – they make litter pickers from masks and sunglasses from fishing nets!
Buy something that will be cherished for a long time
Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter what you buy for Valentine’s Day as long as its something that the other person actually will like and keep. There’s absolutely no point in sourcing something for it only to end up in the ‘donate’ pile in a couple of weeks’ time (or even worse, the bin!)
Eat out locally
Of course, you don’t have to buy something – a lovely lunch or dinner out would be a lovely gift too. In Overton we have so much choice with our local eateries that you’re sure to find something you like.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again - please do support the small local businesses in Overton. Many of these businesses have been working with Sustainable Overton and Plastic Free Overton for years, stocking the Overton Bags and supporting local charities so rather than buying from one of the big retailers, please do shop local instead.
And finally, buy nothing! You don’t have to spend money this Valentine’s Day. Why not cook a special meal at home, make a card, gift or cake or even give your partner vouchers promising a day out (or day off) another time?
Have we missed anything? What tips do you have for a sustainable Valentine's Day?