No roses for Valentines!
Yes, we know, Valentines is a commercial event created by flower shops to increase their sales...
Well, whether you believe in this or not and plan to cherish your loved one with a little present tomorrow on February 14th, we strongly advise that you look into the footprint of your gifts:
Try and buy local and support local brands and businesses.
Chose seasonal flowers instead of buying roses, which are imported y plane to Europe at this time of the year: the environmental impact of a bouquet is huge and can be compared to the one of a flight between Paris and London. Many beautiful, seasonal alternatives are available, and look into producers within your region!
Along this line, avoid shopping in places such as Rosenboerse in Zug which provide fresh roses from Ecuador on a daily basis. While the brand "places great emphasis on human and eco-friendly production", daily delivery from Ecuador is an environmental non-sense.
If you are still looking for a vegetal present, aim for potted flowers or trees that can be taken care of on the long term. Cut flowers after all will only last a few days maximum.
Your darling has a sweet tooth and would love some chocolate? Look for sustainably-produced / bio / organic / vegan chocolate.