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Five Tips for Going Green This Valentine's Day

Show some love for Mother Earth—and your wallet—by cutting down on waste and making homemade gifts this Valentine's Day.

Roses are red, and violets are blue, but your Valentine's Day can be green with a little bit of effort and resourcefulness.

Here are some tips, based on suggestions from Waste Management:

  • Cards: Save paper by sending an e-card or making a paper card with recycled materials. If you need to stock up on craft supplies like glue and glitter, head to Enumclaw Stationers or Ben Franklin Crafts and Frameshop in Bonney Lake.
  • Flowers: Consider buying your Valentine a tree or small plant that can be added to the garden. Check out the selections at Young's or Buds & Blooms  in town or Gramma's Garden and G E & B Nursery to get started.
  • Jewelry: Instead of shelling out tons of cash for a new necklace or earrings, why not pick out an heirloom piece from a vintage dealer or second-hand boutique like Porter's, C.C.'s Collectibles on Cole or This-N-That?
  • Food: Forego the expensive dinner out, and instead opt to cook a romantic feast at home with your Valentine. Stop by Mountain Aire Mercantile for a variety of local and organic ingredients for your special meal.
  • Other homemade gifts: Celebrate special memories with your loved one by creating an electronic photo album or playlist of your favorite songs. You could also use recycled materials to make a scrapbook or homemade picture frame.
dexterjibs February 10, 2013 at 04:31 AM
I like pink better than green.
Doreen Anderson February 11, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Thanks, Caitlin. Pretty in Pink still works and nobody's going to turn it down, but I LOVE your GREEN suggestions and the Local tie-ins. Also, how about tickets to a play, film, music event, festival. Maybe the LeMay Car Museum. Almost free and very green--an excursion and walk on one of the local trails Mary Janosik is writing about--with a little picnic or hot thermos of soup. A few packets of flower seeds for spring planting (pink and red?). A page of Love stamps from the post office. Dinner out still sounds good to the cook half of THIS relationship (and need not be an expensive one just to leave the kitchen). Maybe gift certificates to local restaurants, take-out pies (the Goddess has dinner ones now), ice cream shops..... The more I ponder this, the more I think that's what HE'd like this year. Yes, I'm sure he would. I'm off to town....

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