Valentine’s may be a sappy (and sometimes stressful!) Hallmark holiday – but we think it’s pretty great to have a day entirely devoted to spreading the love. Unfortunately, the business of showing and sharing our love isn’t always so peachy. Nearly 80% of the cut flowers sold in America are grown in South America and Africa – often by exploited workers. Meanwhile conventional cocoa bean production, which helps to produce those iconic heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, shares a similarly sketchy reputation.
So this year – whether you’re blissfully in love, or fixin’ to head out on the town (or stay in and watch a romcom) with friends – rock Valentine’s Day by sharing sustainable and fairly traded tokens of your affection. Here are some easy, last-minute ideas:
- One World Flowers: Surprise your sweetie with a bouquet of beautiful fair trade certified flowers.
- Organic Bouquet: The flowers from this eco-friendly company come with an added bonus – each bouquet you order helps support a non-profit like the Global Fund for Women, The American Lung Association and The National Wildlife Foundation.
- Equal Exchange chocolate: Show how much you really care with a bar of chocolate caramel crunch from this fair trade company.
- Green Restaurant Association: Make a reservation at a restaurant that’s as ethical as it is delicious. Check out the Green Restaurant Association or the Tav HaYosher (founded by Repair the World grantee partner Uri L’Tzedek!) for ideas.
How are you sharing the love this Valentine’s Day? Let us know by tweeting us at @repairtheworld.