Why do holiday’s have to cost so much money and create so much waste? Valentine’s Day is no exception. Flowers wrapped in cellophane, chocolate boxes and cards are just some of the things we spend our hard-earned money on in the name of St. Valentine. Imagine a zero-waste Valentine’s Day. Roses could be given without being wrapped in plastic. Chocolates could be purchased from a chocolatiers, like Purdy’s or Ethel M’s, individually and have them put directly into your own container. You could dine at a restaurant that uses cloth napkins and real plates! I have lots of opinions about Hallmark and other such greeting cards. One of my thoughts is that I’d rather not have someone waste $4 – $6 on something I will be recycling pretty quickly. When my kids have birthday parties I ask people to make them homemade cards or draw them a picture instead of buying a card. My oldest loves doing the same when it comes to his turn to give a present.
When the subject of Valentine’s for kindergarten came up I insisted on using things we already were in possession of – stickers, construction paper, felt pens and our imaginations. With the help of gramma he pulled it off. Every card is unique and ready for Valentine’s Day. The only “waste” was the printing of “From” and my son’s name so that it wouldn’t be as hard for him. Maybe if we start now all his Easter cards can be completely hand written.I consider this a zero waste success. We had all the resources available to do this without buying anything. If we ever get to the point where we don’t have anything to do a simple card we will have to think more outside of the box. Maybe that would mean baking cookie valentine’s or making our own paper to make cards.
For me and my husband we find simple is usually better for Valentine’s Day. On our first Valentine’s Day ten years ago I made dinner at my apartment and we watched a romantic comedy on the VCR. We did exchange gifts and cards. I still have the little puppy he gave me. Droozy was taken over by my kids but I still consider him mine! He just got a makeover. A handy person we know knitted him a new nose. He had a toddler bite a hole in it a few years ago and it really needed some tlc. We plan go out for a fancy dinner in a few weeks to celebrate Valentine’s Day. No gifts, no flowers and no cards needed!
Have a great Valentine’s,
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less. -Socrates