Valentine's Day is a beautiful day to celebrate your love with your significant other but it's not always the greenest day of the year. Luckily, we have loads of beautiful and thoughtful eco-friendly valentine's gifts for you to choose from with sustainability in mind.
One key area is to try and avoid cards with non-recyclable, compostable or biodegradable adornments. For example, watch out for musical cards with batteries, plastic attachments or glitter - unfortunately, biodegradable or eco-friendly glitter is not 100% biodegradable so it is best to avoid it altogether.
Look for a recycled card (preferably 100%), and a card that is 100% recyclable - that way you can pop it in your compost or into your recycling. You can also upcycle the cards into lots of different crafts (check out our post on recycling Christmas cards); these can also be used for beautiful handmade upcycled gifts in the future.
All Honeste's cards are made with 100% recycled card and are 100% recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. Here are just a few of our favourites but you can see our entire range here:
A Picture For Your Loved One
With more and more of us spending more time at home, why not combine a beautiful quote or romantic design with the joy that you can display this and get to see and enjoy it every single day. A picture is perfect for people with all sorts of interests. All of our prints are printed on FSC certified responsibly sourced photo paper and our ink cartridges are donated to raise funds for Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Here are a few of our favourites:
For The Romantics:
We love this quote by Dr. Seuss. The quote says "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams". This beautiful piece adds a touch of romance to any room and makes a beautiful gift.
For Those Who Love Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation or Buddhism:
Add a touch of serenity and peace to your home with this beautiful piece. It features a wonderful quote from The Dalai Lama "As You Breath In, Cherish Yourself. As You Breath Out, Cherish All Beings".
For The Travel Lovers
An extract from one of our personal favourite quotes: Explore. Dream. Discover - Mark Twain. This is perfect if your other half loves adventure and travel (or just lying back on a sun-kissed beach).
Natural Wooden Gifts
Wood is such a beautiful material, bringing a touch of nature into any home; we love that every piece has different grains making every piece unique and with its own personality. Be sure to check the wood is sustainable which could mean it is a fast-growing renewable species, it is from a sustainably managed woodland/forest, is FSC-certified or is reclaimed or recycled - you can check our more information on sustainable wood at Friends of the Earth. We have a beautiful selection of sustainably managed and reclaimed wooden gifts from ring boxes to beautiful handmade heart-shaped trays to sustainably sourced personalised love spoons.
Wooden Jewellery Boxes
Whether you are popping the question, gifting earrings, a ring or cufflinks our heart-shared boxes are a beautiful way to present and store your gift. Ours are made from natural unbleached sustainably sourced beech wood and engraved using our 100% renewable-energy powered engraver.
Perfect for jewellery, watches, trinkets, keys and bits and bobs. Like our ring boxes, these trays also handmade using sustainably sourced untreated beech; we source our beechwood from a responsible UK supplier who in turn supports two different not-for-profit tree planting organisations.
Who doesn't like breakfast in bed? Why not treat your other half to a delicious breakfast and romantic start to the day. And, what a beautiful way to serve it in one of our organic, plastic-free coconut bowls with a beautiful reclaimed organic ebony spoon.
If your partner is looking to go a little more eco-friendly, why not help them on their journey with an eco-friendly gift. Here are some of our favourites:
Personalised Bamboo Lunchbox
A great alternative to disposables, cling-film, plastic-boxes or a vegan-alternative to bees-wax wraps; Bamboo is a brilliant fast-growing renewable resource. And don't worry, no pandas are harmed in the making of our lunchboxes - the bamboo is harvested from a sustainably managed farm.
Bamboo iPad holder
A beautiful curved bamboo piece that is perfect for any gadget lover - easily use your iPad or watch videos with our eco-friendly bamboo iPad stand.
Bamboo Reusable Coffee Mug
In Britain, we go through a staggering 2.5 billion...yes billion disposable cups a year and only 1 in 400 ever get recycled. Whether your other half is a more tea person or more of a coffee person, our eco-friendly bamboo reusable mug is a perfect gift.
Reclaimed Organic Travel Cutlery
Going for a stroll with your other half and getting out in nature is one of the simplest joys in life. Why not go for a walk and find a beautiful spot with a lovely view and cuddle up to keep warm. Bring some locally grown nibbles and treats or get a takeaway from your local cafe, enjoy a cup of chai and soak it all in. Our Travel Cutlery is a perfect way to eat out on the go and avoid the dreaded disposables!
For even more ideas - check out our entire gift range; all of which are eco-friendly.
Choose an ethical shop
Whether you choose to buy from Honeste or another shop; choosing an ethical eco-friendly shop is a key way to a more sustainable valentines gift. Look to see what packaging companies use - is it full of excessive plastic or plastic-free like Honeste. Choose a company that supports a good cause - for example, we donate 10% of all profits to environmental and wildlife charities.