Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Be Nice this Cupid Day

And by "nice" I do mean - be nice to the Earth.

Here are few mother nature-friendly gift ideas for your sweetie-pie, poo-poo love...

Go Traditional but Thoughtful
Did you know that just by being more discerning with where you choose to spend your money that you can help to  improve the life of an organic flower grower or artisan? The California-based company Organic Bouquet stands behind just that and cares about environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Organically grown flowers are gentle on the earth and safeguard ecology, while sustainable, biodegradable, green packaging is innovative and stylish. All of Organic Bouquet’s products have been certified by third-party agencies, such as USDA, Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance.

So, this year, win extra points with these earth-conscious beauties.  Arrangements start at just $30.

Click here to watch a case study video about how organic flowers are grown.

Get Romantic, with the Right Candles
Regular wax candles, which are made from petroleum that, when burned, unleashes the equivalent of diesel exhaust.  Far from sexy.

Bluecorn Naturals has been offering a solution since 1991.  Their Beeswax candles are both non-toxic and hypo allergenic - and, when beeswax burns it acts as a natural air purifier.  Bluecorn Naturals also uses only 100% cotton wicks (never metal core or lead wicks).

Check out their Aromatherapy Pillar Gift Set (Sweet, aromatic beeswax blended with pure essential oils), six 2x2 pillar candles in a gifft box for only $39!

To learn more about harmful, toxic candles, click here.

Yeah for Special Sheets!
Invest in bed linens made from natural, sustainable fibers, like bamboo (as soft as silk) or from pesticide-free fibers like organic cotton sheets, and your lover will certainly thank you!  Look for bed sheets that are processed using chemical free finishing, such as wheat starch as the sizing agent. Avoid chlorine bleach and go with low impact dyes that are certified organic.

Explore Kushtush Organics and Gaiam for lots of comfy, cozy options!

Practice Safe Sexy Time
There is  a very good chance that your bedrooms toys made of poly vinyl chloride PVC which is a toxic and environmentally damaging plastic.  Studies on phthalates, the plastic softener commonly used in PVC sex toys, indicate a direct relationship between exposure and reproductive cancers, and obesity.  Learn more here. Visit Earth Erotics (these folks are truly "doing it green") and Holistic Wisdom to improve your sexual health.  And here's one of the hottest new products on the market for your guy.

Help Change the World
Its in the power of the nonprofit, mircocredit-based organization, "Nest".  Nest empowers female artists and artisans around the world, using a unique combination of interest-free microfinance loans, mentoring from established designers, as well as a market in which to sell their crafts. They help their loan recipients create successful small businesses and this system instills pride of ownership, preserves ancient artistic traditions and successfully moves women from poverty to self-sufficiency.

At left, see how you can actually turn your keep sake wine cork wearable with this DIY kit with silver chain, decorative clasp and clear acrylic container for just $28.

Or try out this chocolate Body Polish - made with unrefined, fair trade and organic cocoa butter.

Demerara sugar buffs off dead skin cells and grape seed and rice bran oils absorb deep into the new skin layer, providing long-lasting moisture at $25.

{Got any other fun, earth-friendly Valentine's Day ideas?}


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