Giving sweet surprises this Valentine’s Day to your loved one is inevitable, but making it sustainable just makes it, well, that much better.
There are plenty of ways to have a greener Valentine’s Day. You can keep it simple, using same Valentine’s Day celebratory techniques from the past with a greener twist. You can make some delicious, vegan desserts, such as Cherry Champagne Sorbet and or a sweet Chocolate Graham Truffle Tart (among others!), you can hunt down some ethical chocolate and flowers or opt for a rich pot with creamy vegan fondue. For the man in your life, you can opt for some stuff specifically for guys, and no woman would say no to any of these gifts.
For a few more ideas, our friends at the Rainforest Alliance have come up with ways to spoil our loved one without spoiling the planet. By choosing goods and services that feature the Rainforest Alliance’s little green frog, you can help conserve forests, protect wildlife and improve the lives of workers and their communities across the globe.
Love a greener world
Can a sweet, sustainable treat bring two lovebirds together? Watch the Valentine’s Day video to find out! Demonstrate that you support a greener world by sharing the video.
Win a sweet treat
Do you love chocolate? Does your sweetheart love chocolate? Win a gift basket overflowing with sweet, sustainable chocolate, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Write an inspiring caption for our “Love a Greener World” caption contest for a chance to win a tasty assortment of chocolate treats.
Give a sweet surprise
This Valentine’s Day, demonstrate your love with a sweet, sustainable surprise.
1) Treat your love to sustainably produced chocolate. Farmed on over 18 million acres of tropical land, cocoa provides a livelihood for some 40 million people. Make sure the chocolate you buy contains cocoa grown in a way that protects forests and helps cocoa farming communities thrive. Find a list of chocolates that feature the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM green frog seal via Shop the Frog.
2) Surprise your Valentine with a beautiful bouquet, but make sure it was not grown at the expense of the environment. Flowers that bear the green frog seal were grown on farms that curb deforestation, conserve soil and water, provide habitat for wildlife and protect the rights and well-being of farm workers. You can find certified blooms at Whole Foods Market, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Costco.
3) Rekindle your love on a romantic get-away. Find stunning and sustainable destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean on SustainableTrip.org, a Rainforest Alliance website, which features tourism businesses that conserve natural resources, protect plants and wildlife, and support local communities.
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.