No, we don’t often associate Valentine’s Day with the color green. And no, the tradition of sending loved ones exotic chocolates, tropical flowers, and entire forests of trees as greeting cards that are shipped across the globe isn’t particularly sustainable either, especially for a holiday rumored to be a too-close cousin of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day—commonly thought to have been dreamed up in a Hallmark Cards board room.
But this list of earth-friendly Valentine’s Day suggestions (inspired by AIA President Marvin Malecha, FAIA) is particularly appropriate for architects and for these times. Take a look. They provide plenty of opportunities for design craft.
And they’re cheap.
Without further ado. . .
10 Suggestions for a Green Valentine
Marvin J. Malecha, FAIA
1. Send an e-card.
2. Use old cards to craft a new one.
3. Write your love letter on recycled paper, or buy a valentine card printed on recycled paper.
4. If you do wish to give a gift, craft it yourself, or at least do not over wrap it.
5. Adopt a pet and share the love.
6. Do community service together to share your love with others.
7. Give a living plant as recognition of the vitality of your love.
8. Make a special dinner together from locally grown food found at the farmers market.
9. Take your sweetheart for a walk in the park holding hands.
10. Turn down the heat and snuggle with hugs and kisses instead of gifts, candy and cards
What are your suggestions for an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day?
(Image—a rendering of Gage/Clemenceau’s “Valentine to Times Square” sculpture-- courtesy of the architects)