Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly one of the most wasteful days of the year. According to a survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics, Americans are expected to set a brand-new record for spending this holiday, totaling $27.4 billion—up 32 percent from last year’s record $20.7 billion.
With that being said, it’s not impossible to put those dollars to good use. This year, why not add Mother Nature to your gift list? Here are a few sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank or the biosphere.
Minimalist & Natural Footwear
In 2012, cousins Galahad and Asher Clark teamed up to change the footwear industry forever. VIVOBAREFOOT offers a variety of flexible and sustainable shoes that are designed to “let your feet do their natural thing.”
Last year, Rothy’s launched 193 eco-friendly styles made from a blend of soft wool and thread spun from repurposed plastic water bottles. To date, the company has transformed more than 30 million plastic water bottles into stylish, yet comfortable flats.
Five years ago, sisters Pia Silfen-Jensen and Naja Silfen founded the Danish bag and accessory brand Núnoo. In hopes of creating one “It” bag for the masses, the Silfen sisters hunkered down in Pia’s basement to come up with a plan to design a high-quality handbag, that was both sustainable and affordable—from the brand’s execution to packaging.
Terra Thread is an ethical fashion brand that sells a diverse collection of bags, including bookbags, totes, and laptop sleeves—all of which were made at a Fair Trade Certified factory using family-grown organic cotton.
Fair Trade Chocolate
Alter Eco is a certified B Corporation—they’re certified Fair Trade, non-GMO, and organic. Extra bonus: Alter Eco uses compostable packaging and is on a mission to refurbish the Earth with newly-planted trees.
eatingEVOLVED chocolate is gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free. It’s void of fillers, preservatives, and other junk that most traditional candy bars are packed with. Their motto? “Chocolate: It’s food, not candy.”
Eco-Conscious Beauty Products
Kosås cosmetics are gluten-, egg-, nut-, soy-, and animal-cruelty free. You won’t find parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, BHA/BHT, or phenoxyethanol in their products—just safe synthetics that are free of preservatives and synthetic fragrances.