Be My Sustainable Valentine…

Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift while trying to stay eco-friendly?   Here’s some tips to help you find the perfect (last minute) gifts for all the people you love in your life…

  • Paper is so 20th century… How about sending your loved ones e-cards that will appear in their inbox on Valentine’s day?  JibJab has a great selection of everything from sweet to hilarious, and features video cards that you can insert your own face in!  Use Facebook to become a member so you can easily share and pick photos directly from your albums.
  • Forget the bouquet!  Get your honey a potted plant instead – not only does it feel like spring in the middle of winter, it also lasts way longer than cut flowers (as long as one of you remembers to water it…)  Plan on gardening when it warms up?  Find a tote and fill it up with gardening gloves, tools and lots of seeds for a springtime date in the dirt!
  • Did we say forget the bouquet?  If your sweetheart loves flowers, make them and the planet happy by purchasing Fair Trade and Organic arrangements – check out One World Flowers and Organic Bouquet for many beautiful, eco-friendly styles.  If you’re feeling creative try to  make a paper bouquet!  Get some plain or colored paper, markers, glue and a pair of scissors to create your own paper flowers that will last a lifetime.

    Photo by flickr user &ersand - used under a Creative Commons license.

  • For the chocolate lover… Did you know that Fair Trade Certification is not only good for people but the planet, too?  Fair Trade chocolate must meet both ethical and ecological standards of sustainability before receiving certification.  Check out The Earth Natural Foods (309 S. Flood) and Native Roots Market (132 W. Main) for a great selection of Fair Trade and Organic chocolates…
  • Looking for ethically sourced goods, or Oklahoma-made gifts?  Downtown Norman is full of locally owned businesses selling just that, including STASH (412 E. Main), MerryBelle’s Gifts (230 E. Main) and local  jewelry by Lindsey Martin at Elusive (209 W. Main).  Don’t forget Campus Corner, where you can find an array of sustainable gifts and flowers at Birdie (566 Buchanan St.)


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