5 tips to reduce your waste during this 'lovely' holiday
Unwrapped Life's solid shampoo bar and conditioner bar collections
make gift-giving easy on the day of love.
Valentine’s Day: love it or hate it, it comes once a year and it’s hard to avoid being bombarded with marketing encouraging you to consume, consume, consume as a means of expressing how you feel for others. From cards to chocolates to flowers to jewelry, this special occasion typically involves a lot of unnecessary packaging and creates a ton of waste!
Did you know (in North America alone):
- Over 1 BILLION cards are purchased for this one day of the year
- Over 200 MILLION flowers are sold and delivered
- Over 35 MILLION heart shaped boxes of chocolate are sold
- Over 85% of Valentine’s Day cards are purchased by women
- Almost 75% of flowers are purchased by men
Here at Unwrapped Life, we think celebrating love is a beautiful thing, but we don’t like the impact this day has on our environment. So, we’ve come up with a few ideas for spreading love, not waste, with your friends and family, and even yourself, this February 14th!
Spread love, not waste, with our solid shampoo bars and solid conditioner bars.
HERE ARE OUR TOP FIVE TIPS FOR A ZERO-WASTE VALENTINE'S DAY
1) Give the gift of time
We know, it sounds a little less glamorous than some shiny new jewelry (which is usually housed in unnecessary packaging), but giving the gift of time in this fast-paced world is actually a very generous gift to yourself and your loved one. Eliminate all distractions (yes, put down your phone) and dedicate a few hours, or even a whole weekend, to the person or people you love. Just be in the moment and enjoy each other’s company. Maybe that means going to grab a dinner or coffee (remember to use the reusable ‘to stay’ coffee cups and even bring a container for leftovers), or maybe it means going on an afternoon hike (be sure to pack your glass or stainless steel water bottle). Either way, what better way to show you care than give your loved ones your full attention.
Or, treat yo’ self and tune out for a bit. Run a bath, pop in one of our sumptuous bath bombs
and just relax!
Unwrapped Life's bath bombs are a great way to pamper yourself;
relax, unwind and enjoy!
2) Give some zero-waste gifts
We think every holiday is a great excuse to further the zero-waste movement. Giving something that is intended to be used over and over, or has no packaging waste is a great way to show the people you care about how easy transitioning to a lower waste lifestyle can be!
Our shampoo bar and conditioner bar duos are a perfect and cost-effective gift for almost anyone. Cause really, who doesn’t wash their hair regularly in some way, shape or form! Shampoo bars come in so many varieties so you’re sure to find the perfect fit. For the ladies in your life, we have four beautifully pink bars that are perfect for this occasion (Laguna
, The Fixer
, Paris and Bora Bora); and for the men, we have a our blue Boston
Our Boston shampoo bar and conditioner bar looking manly
with some scotch and chocolates.
3) Naked flowers
As cliche as it might be, gifting flower on this special day is hard to resist. Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet of cheery pink, red or cream blooms. Research has shown that flowers have a real impact on a person’s sense of well being. According to a study by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
, flowers do, in fact, trigger happy emotions, heighten feelings of life satisfaction and affect social behaviour in a positive manner. The study also found that flowers improve emotional health, making people feel instantly happy when they receive flowers from a loved one!
Just be sure to ask for the flowers unwrapped (no pun intended) and be sure to avoid getting the plastic card stick. Also, steer clear of the individually wrapped plant food and look for a DIY recipe instead (like this one
4) Bulk candy
Bring a mason jar, or some reusable cloth bags to a bulk store and stock up on some five cent candies! One of the worst offenders during this holiday are individually wrapped candies and chocolates. And there’s no need for fancy boxes; you can get creative and add recycled paper tags to customize your jars.
Bulk candy makes a great gift; dress up the jars with some
recycled paper labels for a personalized touch!
5) A handmade Valentine’s Day card (or start a special occasion journal)
Nothing says ‘I love you’, like a card, that, well, says ‘I love you’! Stock up on some recycled cards (these ones
are a great eco-friendly option from an Etsy maker) and write a personal note.
Better yet, start a special occasion book that you share with your loved ones, where you each write something to commemorate the event in one book. We do this in our family and it’s really beautiful and special to look back in the journal and read the notes inside. Since there is more room to write (and no Hallmark to write the sentiments for you), most people take a bit more time to say how they feel.
We hope you and your loved ones have a happy,
peaceful and joyful Valentine's Day!
All these options will hopefully help you feel great about Valentine’s Day and about spreading love and not waste!
How do you try and be more eco-friendly during special occasions like this? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below!
Stats are compiled from: http://www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/valentines_day_facts/148/