Greening Valentine’s Day

ecolassieEco Lassie has gotten tired of the heavy consumerism surrounding Valentine’s Day. Over 180 million cards will be sent on Feb. 14th, second only to Christmas — think of all those trees!

She decided to research alternate ways to tell those special people they are loved.

images_007The most obvious one is to substitute paper cards for an e-card. There are many popular sites for e-cards and all will have special ones for V-Day. One site that caught Eco Lassie’s fancy comes from Grace Communications Foundation’s Ecocentric blog. With several designs to choose from, you can be eco friendly and save a tree!

images_016If you’re the type of person who wants to send a Valentine through the mail, consider recycling a vintage card. You can go one of two routes here: either purchase a vintage card or postcard, or consider downloading images you can cut out and send along. has several shops that carry a variety of images. Choose the one that hits your fancy!

images_005Then there are handmade Valentines. These are the keepers everyone appreciates. Get out your stamps, your leftover snippets of ribbon. Grab a few doilies and markers and you’re all set to create a heartfelt memento. You can Google snappy sayings, too. A simple pair of matches glued into a heart can read: YOU LIGHT MY FIRE. Use your imagination.

images_053Finding plantable seed paper is another neat way to send a Valentine. once again is a great source for this paper , implanted with seeds, usually wildflowers. When planted and watered, the paper biodegrades and the seeds grow into wildflowers. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

images_027Of course, if you’re not crafty or have simply run out of time and the Hallmark store beckons, look for their Project Red Campaign cards and gifts. Made from all recycled materials, these benefit people living with AIDS in Africa.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Eco Lassie did not receive any gifts or remuneration for mentioning these products.
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About auntiemwrites

I'm a retired RN, full-time writer who lives in a very rural area in coastal NC. I live here with Doc and our 7 yr old Spinone, Radar. We have 3 grown married sons. On a daily basis we see deer, tons of birds including blue birds and woodpeckers, shore birds and the occasional black bear, and love living on the Pungo River, perfect for a writer. My award-wininng mystery, THE BLUE VIRGIN, is set in Oxford, UK, and is the first of a series featuring American Nora Tierney. Book 2, THE GREEN REMAINS, follows Nora's move to Cumbria. Book 3, THE SCARLET WENCH, has her getting mixed up in murder yet again!

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