Sustainable Valentine’s day gifts are perfect for spoiling your love ones this coming February 14 without harming the environment.
And since Valentine’s day celebrates both romantic love and the affection we have for our family and close friends…
We took the initiative to prepare a list of 15 eco-friendly Valentine’s day gifts that will wow both the environmentalists and less eco-conscious people in your life.
We know you’re excited to take your pick, so let’s get right into it…
1. Eco-friendly Clothing
Eco-friendly clothes are the perfect sustainable Valentine’s day gift idea for people who loves to keep up with the latest fashion and clothing trends.
These clothes are made with materials that have a far less impact on the environment.
2. Hearty Red Upcycled Table Lamp
This stylish table lamp is made using recycled circuit boards, comes with a cord that connects directly to the power outlet, and stands about 20cm tall.
It is a perfect eco-friendly accessory and night lamp in the bedroom, office, or in the living room.
Besides red, you can also choose another light color – including green, yellow, and blue.
This unique and sustainable Valentine’s day gift is perfect for computer geeks and techies during holidays and birthdays.
For more upcycled gift ideas, click here.
3. Personalized Zero Waste Candle
Shanti Creations, a New York-based company, manufactures and sells consciously-crafted zero waste candles using sustainable coconut wax.
They infuse their candles with pure essential oils and phthalate-free perfume oils for heavenly scents.
Shanti Creations’ zero waste candles are hand poured in mason jars so you can repurpose them any way you choose.
They are also vegan, cruelty-free, have 100% cotton wicks, and can last up to 80 hours.
But the best selling point of these zero waste candles?
You can place a custom order where you choose the design and scents of your candle – making it a fantastic sustainable Valentine’s day gift idea for moms, partners, and sisters.
4. Organic and Natural Body Wash
This is probably one of the best sustainable Valentine’s day gift idea for eco-conscious women who love taking baths.
If you’re thinking an organic and natural body wash, then you’re absolutely right!
Be-One’s organic body wash is vegan, certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, and free from paraben, sulfates, GMOs, fragrances, and other harmful chemicals.
It has a refreshing and gentle tea tree scent blended with botanical extracts from organic aloe, peppermint, sunflower, shea butter, jojoba, and rosemary.
It also helps prevent acne, fungal outbreak, and skin irritations.
For gentlemen scratching their heads because they can’t seem to find a sustainable Valentine’s day gift for their girlfriend or wife…
How about giving her a succulent on February 14?
Succulents are great sustainable valentine gifts because, unlike flowers that will die after a couple of days, a succulent will stay alive with proper care and nurturing – just like your relationship.
It is also great for people who are allergic to flowers or if your lady finds flowers to be such a cliche on Valentine’s day.
Succulents also make gorgeous natural decor in someone’s home and office, and it adds vibrance and life to its surrounding.
Moreover, succulents also absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air and create clean, breathable oxygen, so a win-win-win!
6. Good ol’ Flowers
Flowers are sweet and it’s one of the standard go-to gifts on Valentine’s day.
However, flowers are often wrapped in plastic and are likely grown overseas, which results in a lot of carbon emissions.
So when giving flowers, buy locally produced flowers without plastic wraps to minimize pollution, reduce carbon emissions, and help support your local community’s livelihood.
If you’re looking for something more out of the box, how about giving someone a rose made of repurposed paper?
SainfoinStudio sells roses made of recycled sheet music, disused map paper, preloved novels such as Pride and Prejudice, and other recycled paper materials.
We bet this unique flower gift will earn someone’s sweetest smile on Valentine’s day.
7. Zero Waste Perfume
Perfumes are great gifts to give on almost all kinds of occasions.
But this Valentine, level up your gift-giving skills and don’t simply give any perfume.
Gift someone this zero waste perfume by Pour le Monde.
Pour le Monde’s TOGETHER is supposedly the scent of nature and elegance come “together.”. It features heavenly notes of Lemon, Bergamot, Jasmine, Violet, Freesia, Lilac.
It has a sexy and sensual smell that ignites romantic mood, happiness, and lightness.
This zero waste perfume is made with certified 100% natural essential oils from ingredients that are sustainably harvested from all over the world.
It is also certified cruelty-free and vegan by PETA and Leaping Bunny Program.
8. Upcycled Cans Heart Wall Picture
Valentine’s is often called the Day of Hearts.
Hence, a beautiful heart wall picture made with upcycled aluminum cans perfectly checks the boxes of Valentine’s day and eco-friendliness.
Don’t you think?
The heart wall picture above from Sarah Turner is handcrafted using various used aluminum cans.
Besides hearts, they also have more vibrant and colorful designs to choose from to match any home’s current decors.
9. Bamboo Bed Sheets
Who doesn’t love a cozy and soft bed sheet to cuddle and sleep on?
Bamboo bed sheets are an excellent option to consider when shopping for sustainable gifts this Valentine’s day.
While Egyptian cotton is still popular, bamboo sheets are comparable in softness and a more eco-friendly option than the former.
The featured image above is a bamboo bed sheet by ettitude.
It is made with 100% bamboo lyocell, features a 300-thread-count sateen weave, and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified.
It’s the perfect sheet for couples to get naughty at the night of Valentine’s day, or for someone to sleep soundly on.
10. Warm Heart Mug Hugger
This eco-friendly Valentine’s day gift option is produced by Manushi in Nepal and handcrafted from wool, recycled silk, and fleece.
It provides extra grip when holding hot beverages and features a cute heart design that ladies will surely love.
The word “manushi” translates to “energetic woman,” which is why this organization assists and provides livelihood programs to disadvantaged Nepali women.
Every purchase you make will help better the lives of other people on the other side of the world.
Isn’t that a great way to express your love and care to other people too?
11. Sustainable Sneakers
CARIUMA sneakers come with cool designs and unique styles, all of which are shipped in carbon neutral and recyclable packaging.
They’re made using sustainable materials like bamboo, sugarcane, cotton, rubber, and recycled plastic.
CARIUMA sneakers are also durable and very comfortable to wear.
We bet your partner would be psyched to get one of these stylish sneakers for Valentine’s day.
12. Home-made Chocolates and Sweets
According to a news article, $1.7 billion are spent on Valentine’s day for commercial chocolates and candies alone.
There’s nothing wrong with spending money on sweets, except that most of these products come in single-use plastic containers.
Why not make your own chocolates and sweets to give away this Valentine’s day?
Don’t worry because you don’t need to be a professional chef to make one.
Here’s a short video on how to make DIY Valentine’s day chocolates:
Once you’re done, put your chocolates in reusable containers or cardboard boxes.
13. Reusable Water Bottle
Yes, we know, not every woman would love to get a water bottle for Valentine’s day.
But come on, not even this cute stainless steel reusable water bottle with cute heart designs, double-walled and vacuum insulation?
This reusable water bottle can hold up to 380ml of liquid and can fit in most car cup holders, keeping her favorite beverage hot or cold for hours wherever she goes.
Moreover, reusable water bottles doesn’t just help reduce plastic trash (by a lot) but also help save money from buying bottled beverages.
14. A Sustainable Valentine’s Day Card
Multiple sources suggest that about a billion Valentine’s day cards are sent each year.
And where can you find these hearty cards at the end of February 14? Most likely at the corner of someone else’s home or in the trash.
That’s trees, fuel, and other resources wasted for the sake of telling someone you love them in words.
Worse, most of these Valentine’s day cards come in single-use plastic wraps and plastic protective sheets – contributing to the global plastic trash.
So when giving a card this coming Valentine’s day, get one from companies that create sustainable greeting cards like Leanin’ Tree.
Leanin’ Tree uses either recycled paper or paper from the sustainable forest for their products.
For prints, they use soy inks formulated without petroleum solvent to eliminate VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions.
All their greeting cards are also chlorine-free.
Besides purchasing Valentine cards from companies like Leanin’ Tree, you can also make your Valentine’s day celebration more sustainable by choosing to buy glitter-free Valentine’s cards.
Glitter is a contaminant in the paper recycling process and can prevent old cards from being recycled or used to create new products.
15. Your Time and Presence
Of all the sustainable Valentine’s day gifts above, probably the best one you can give someone on the day of hearts is your time and presence.
Gifts and presents are good and all, but spending time with the people close to your heart is perhaps the best way to complete the celebration of Valentine’s day.
Treat your partner, parents, or kids to dinner, movie, karaoke, or spa. You can also go on trips or camping, all up to you.
You want to know what we think is the most sustainable Valentine’s day celebration?
Staying at home, eating home-cooked food, and watching Netflix with the person/people you love.
It’s a great way to reduce carbon emissions from traveling, saves you money, and keeps you safe from the ongoing pandemic.
But hey, this is purely our opinion, and you may have something better planned for your Valentine’s Day.
The important thing is to ensure that your celebration and expression of love doesn’t come at the expense of our mother Earth.
And with this list of 15 sustainable Valentine’s day gift ideas, we’re hoping you can accomplish that.
Anyways, which of the sustainable Valentine’s day gifts above do you like best?
Do you know other sustainable Valentine’s day gift ideas you’d like to be included here?