Valentine’s Day may be the day of love, but experts want to you remind you to love the Earth too.
“When you think about, on this holiday, if you add up the number of many people in the community buying these things, the impact is pretty significant,” said Dr. Laura Hartman, Roanoke College assistant professor.
Dr. Hartman says small changes can drastically help the environment this Valentine’s Day.
Instead of buying the traditional bouquet of roses, opt for a plant or seeds you can use to plant an indoor garden.
“When it comes to flowers, most of the roses that we might want to give to our loved ones are not grown right here,” said Hartman.
“That means they were shipped a really long way, and it’s going to have a bigger environmental impact.”
When shopping for chocolate, buy fair trade or organic chocolate. It will reduce your chances of ingesting pesticides.
“If it’s organic, chances are it doesn’t have as many pesticides and other sort of chemicals that may cause problems.”
Hartman also suggests making homemade cards instead of buying new ones.