Around 180 million roses are purchased for Valentines day, and importing them is a contributer to greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a link to some suggestions for environmentally friendly Valentines Day gifts: http://hubpages.com/hub/Eco-Friendly-Valentines-Day-Gifts
Many of the gifts given on Valentine’s day are thrown out, or come with a lot of packaging that must be thrown out. Roses are a very large waste, as they are cut and given in bouquets that are simply thrown in the garbage. Another bad one is the boxes of chocolate. They contain an enormous amount of wasted packaging.
Cards!! All those poor trees that go into making them. The sentimental value is sweet, but the resources needed aren’t worth the cost. Instead, send an e-card….
Roses can be grown in an environmentally friendly manner, cards can be made from recycled materials, and some are plantable to decompose and allow seeds to grow into flowers. I’d say the most environmentally unfriendly thing about valentines day is the shipping cost of al the mailed goods. Sending cards, flowers, chocolates and gifts generates a lot of emissions which could be reduced by just saying “I love you” rather than ordering and shipping it.
The roses are an obvious one due to heavy pesticide use and transportation emissions, but don’t forget chocolate, gold and diamonds too! Cocoa production promotes destructive agricultural practices and often unfair working conditions in developing countries, gold and diamonds are part of the horrendous mining industry and all the nasty social and environmental conditions that come with it.
I’d say the amount of tissue paper and cardboard boxes disposes of on that day. People throw wrappers on the ground and most likely don’t reuse the boxes once they candy is eaten.
I would definitely say the cards – according to Hallmark, 141 million Valentine’s day cards are exchanged each year – the holiday is second only to Christmas! Considering the highly unsustainable nature of the paper industry (93% of paper is still derived from trees), that is a lot of waste. Moreover, according to a 2011 US National Retail Federation survey, the average consumer (in a relationship) is expected to pay around $116 dollars on Valentine’s day gifts, flowers, food or getaways – each of which produces it’s own huge eco-footprint. So really I think the entirety of an average Valentine’s day is pretty environmentally un-friendly.
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