Will you be a plastic-free Valentine?
Grand gesture or cute surprise, emotional essay or a few well-chosen words, DIY or shops and buy; however you choose to share your feelings this Valentine’s Day, spare a thought for the natural world and steer clear of unnecessary plastics.
Plastic-free Valentine’s cards…
Plastic free Valentine’s food…
DIY it! Once you’ve settled on a romantic menu, make up a shopping list including the amount of each ingredient. Figure out how many reusable containers and bags to take and toddle on down to your local independent food shops, zero-waste scoop-and-weigh or the deli counters at the supermarket. You’ll be home plastic-free in no time.
Borough Wines offer a refill system at their London shops and selected outlets nationwide (£6.50 for their house wines or £9 for premium wines). Pick up one of their reusable, pop-cap wine bottles and fill up with your choice of red, rosé or white.
If you really plan to push the boat out, a bottle of Sedlescombe’s English organic sparkling wine (£29) will put you in the right mood… and no plastic-lined foil to unwrap before you pop that cork!
Buy it! Sometimes it’s lovely to have everything done for you; especially so if your hosts are thoughtful about their impact on the planet. Why not reserve a Valentine’s table for two at one of the fine dining restaurants that shun plastics, such as plastic-free Spring in central London or zero-waste Silo in Brighton?
Looking for local? Search on the Sustainable Restaurant Association website to find a list of waste-conscious eateries in your area.
Too cosy to think of cooking or leaving the house? Food delivery service Just Eat are trialling a host of plastic-banishing measures with their partner restaurants, including seaweed-based biodegradable sauce sachets and opt out tick boxes to stop single use plastic cutlery and other such nonsense arriving with our order.
Plastic-free Valentine’s presents…
DIY it! Source loose ingredients in precise quantities if you’re baking a special treat for your sweetie. Weighing out only what you need saves money and means you aren’t left wondering what to do with unusual leftovers.
Buy it! To celebrate a long-term love, forget cut flowers and go for a growing gift. Sentimental souls will love a fragrant potted rose, while more practical people might melt at an air purifying houseplant collection or the makings of a new veg patch.