Happy Valentine’s Day!
The colors that typically signify Valentine’s Day are pink & red, but what about green??
We celebrate love, romance & friendship on February 14th every year. The most common ways to celebrate this are with gifts of candy, flowers & “valentines”. A valentine started out as a handwritten note to a person’s friends & lover, and eventually turned into a printed card holiday. According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (second, only, to Christmas)
I am sure most adults remember celebrating Valentine’s Day in school, you were required to bring a valentine for each kid in your class, then you placed them in some sort of handmade “mailbox” on the other kids desks. As we grew up, we realized we didn’t have to give everyone in our class a valentine and reserved these “notes” for our close friends & maybe even an anonymous one to our crush!
As fun as it is to give and receive valentines, what do you do with the paper cards once the holiday is over? What about the empty chocolate box, fresh cut flowers, wrapping paper, etc?? Most of the items are sent, to where else, the landfill! In an effort to minimize your landfill distribution this Valentine’s Day, consider reusing your valentine gifts and gifting others with greener options… possibly an E-Card, a potted plant, a homemade meal or treat, helping out around the house, giving your partner a massage… the list is endless when we start thinking outside the Chocolate Box!
Some tips on how to reuse your gifts…
Reuse the chocolate box, pretty much anywhere that sells food, sells small, individually wrapped candies, or you can go to a candy shop and buy individual candies and reuse the chocolate box next year! It can also be used as a gift box, usually the candy boxes are quite decorative, so all they would need is a ribbon.
Repurpose the chocolate box, use it to organize love letters, small craft items, or other momentous. Cut a slit in the side of the box and use as a bank, especially cute for a little girl!
Reuse the plastic candy tray, these trays are great for paint! Or for sorting small items, jewelry beads, small kids toys, etc. Best of all, they can be washed and reused over and over again!
Place those fresh cut flowers in a compost/yard waste bin (When they have died)
Reuse the valentine cards, you can cut the cards apart and use them to make future Valentine’s Day cards, you can use them for scrapbooking, or check out this site, it shows you how to use the cards to make gift boxes!
If you want to make this a green holiday, but need more ideas, just do some research, there is a ton of information on the web to help you reuse these gifts!
Here is some cuteness overload to put a smile on your face this Valentine’s Day!!
Are you planning to give out Valentines this year? What do you typically do for your loved ones for Valentine’s Day?