Contributing Author: Kirby Barth
Let’s give the planet some love this Valentine’s Day instead of waste! According to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), “approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean every year.” But this Valentine’s Day
1. Visit a local brewery, distillery, or winery.
There are lots of ways to drink responsibly and sustainably, from brewers using smart crops, low-impact spirits and biodynamic wines. As craft breweries continue to pop up around the world, brewers continue to innovate by creating recipes with unique flavors. Some prefer to forage their own ingredients, and others rely heavily on farm crops. By supporting producers who source directly from farmers, you’re also supporting farmers. Spirits require a lot of energy to produce, but you can choose a distillery who is making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. Biodynamic wines are produced from grapes grown by biodynamic farming. This method approaches the vineyard as an entire ecosystem and also considers external astrological influences into the growing cycle. You can find a list of biodynamic wine producers here.
2. Take a cooking class.
Knowing how to cook your own meals is an important skill for people from all walks of life. Cooking classes are a great way to learn basic cooking skills, and also provide an opportunity to use ingredients you may have not worked with before. Knowing how to cook just one dish can allow
3. Cook a waste-free meal together.
Already a great cook? Plan to spend your Valentine’s evening cooking up your favorite meal! Help fight food waste by getting creative and using food already in your fridge to avoid an extra trip to the store. Want to take your environmentally conscious evening and step it up a notch? Cook a plant-based meal, and don’t forget to compost your waste!
4. Wine and Chocolate night.
Can’t break away from the traditional wine and chocolate gifts on Valentine’s Day? There’s a way to keep tradition and still be environmentally conscious! Wine and chocolate producers are realizing the consumer demand for sustainably produced products. To satisfy conscious buyers, there are many different kinds of labels that indicate the environmental quality of a wine or chocolate. For
5. Get outdoors!
Whether you go for a walk, a bike ride, a pick up soccer (or
6. Pay it forward.
Charitable organizations around the world work hard to provide homes with efficient stoves, give communities clean water, teach children how to cook, and much, much more. Some are using Valentine’s Day to campaign for donations. Take this Valentine’s Day to donate to your favorite charity and help make someone’s day or year a little brighter.
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