Thursday, February 11, 2010

Go green for Valentines?

Ever get a Valentine’s Day gift that made you swoon or one so weird you rethought the romance? Well, heads up everyone, the holiday is upon us and here are some unique ways to be festive and still help the environment.

Among the nifty eco-gift ideas are hemp lingerie, soy candles, chocolate bon-bon creme or -- if you’re really serious -- a conflict free diamond.

As The Daily Green notes, there are 20-plus styles of sexy lingerie made of organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. Yes, bamboo.

Organic and fair-trade varieties of chocolate are those by Green & Black, CocoaVino, Divine Chocolate, Endangered Species Chocolate, Newman’s Own Organics, Los Angeles-based Native Gardens, 365 Organic Truffles from Whole Foods, the Dagoba Organic Chocolate Sampler, Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates, Ithaca Fine Chocolates and Seattle’s Theo Chocolate. Just to name a few.

Mother Nature Network has its own list of 14 inexpensive gifts that include adopting a sea creature on Oceana’s website, a solar cooling hat and Bee Gorgeous Organics’ chocolate bon-bon cream (calorie-free.)

Sierra Club recommends pesticide-free flowers and/or those grown locally, saying 80% of flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from Columbia and Equador on refrigerated airplanes.

Enjoy your Valentines Day!

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