Say it with seeds
Instead of traditional greeting cards, get plantable ones that will transform your Valentine’s Day message into blooms of garden color.
Choose the flowers without the foam
Before you grab that bouquet, take a peek at the base: Many arrangements are packed with floral foam, a crumbly plastic that often ends up in waterways. Avoid it when possible—and never wash it down the sink.
Let love take root
Most of the cut flowers sold in the United States are imported, meaning they’ve probably flown more miles than you have lately. A locally grown plant is an eco-friendly and longer-lasting alternative.
Sweet and sustainable
Farming the cacao beans used in chocolaty treats can have a bitter side: razed forests and mistreated, underpaid labor. To confirm that the cacao meets environmental, social, and sustainability standards, look for the seal of third-party certifiers such as the Rainforest Alliance.
Sow joy, skip plastic
Don’t buy seedlings and the disposable plastic containers that come with them. Start plants at home. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a handy calendar that tells you when: almanac.com/gardening/planting-calendar.