It’s right around the bend… That quintessential love-filled day. You know the one… Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, all those useless red, pink and white cards can do a little damage to the environment, too.Luckily, our friends at Rainforest Alliance have put together a Green Guide to Valentine’s Day, perfect for promoting love, without promoting damage to the planet!
From the Rainforest Alliance:
This Valentine’s Day spoil your loved one without spoiling the planet with the Rainforest Alliance’s green guide to gifts and activities that help to protect the environment and the rights and well-being of workers around the globe.
Rise and Shine
Kick-start your day with a cup of Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM coffee. Then, surprise your love with certified blooms, available at Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes, Costco and online at FTD.com. Rainforest Alliance certification is your assurance that coffee, flowers, tea, cocoa, fruit and other farm products were grown using methods that protect forests, soils and waterways on farms that provide decent wages, housing, education and health care to workers and their families.
Just because I love you
Picnic in the Park
Take a break from your work day with a picnic. Warm up with a hot thermos of Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, tea or cocoa, and a sweet chocolate treat! Make sure your picnic basket includes products that feature the green frog seal of approval. Rainforest Alliance Certified farms protect tropical forests and ensure that farm workers and their communities benefit from a decent standard of living. Choose from a selection of delicious Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolates including Bissinger’s, Endangered Species, Newman’s Own Organics and Vintage Plantations.
Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at home while saving carbon emissions and saving money. When selecting the perfect bottle of wine to complement your meal, look for wineries committed to sustainability. Willamette Valley wines use cork certified by the Rainforest Alliance to meet the environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mediterranean cork forests provide refuge for the Iberian lynx and other endangered species and support local farmers who sustainably harvest the cork bark without damaging the trees, leaving them standing for future generations.
End your evening with a super sweet delight — a chocolate fondue! Indulge in this decadent dessert while supporting wildlife and workers alike by buying fruit and chocolate that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified green frog seal.
Rekindle your love with a romantic get-away. Visit www.SustainableTrip.org to find hotels and lodges that conserve natural resources and contribute to the well-being of local communities. Recently launched by the Rainforest Alliance, SustainableTrip.org lists sustainable tourism businesses in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.
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