Unsure what to do for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? We know just how tricky it can be to find that perfect gift, and adding ethical choices into the equation can make this holiday even more difficult.
Luckily, the Ethical Influencer Community has come together to give some ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a romantic, elegant, and ethical way!
Valentine’s Day is another one of those holidays in the year that can end up being dedicated to consumption. Whether it’s a gift that’s wrapped in plastic packaging, or some not-so-good-for-you treats, we all know deep down that the day is about expressing one thing; love. Caring, nurturing, connecting, love. And there are plenty of ethical ways to show your loved one just how much they mean to you:
SELECTED BY LEEANNE OF CHANGE THE WORLD BY HOW YOU SHOP
Leanne’s ultimate Valentine’s gift idea is to stop your loved one from having cold feet… quite literally! Tthese warm Azerbaijani Socks are hand-knitted by rural Azerbaijani women who earn some much needed income by selling this traditional craft. Leanne already owns a pair, and absolutely adores them. Cosy toes for your partner, and helping some talented women who will be grateful for your purchase, what could be better!
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Claire has made the courageous choice of sustainable sex as her idea for the perfect Valentine’s Day. A healthy sex life is important, and it’s not something we should feel shameful discussing. Rather than it being taboo, let us find ways to discuss and find sustainable, ethical values and products in the bedroom.
For a more frugal Valentines Day, some of the great ideas Claire suggests are saving water by sharing a bath, using some oil you already own for a sensual massage, or even using the library to borrow a book for some… research!
If you’re looking for something a little more raunchy, eco-friendly sex toys such as the Gaia Eco Vibrator or even YES! Lube ,an organic and paraben-free lube, might be the perfect gift for a naughty evening in.
Cosy Clean Home
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Karen suggests the gift of a clean home. What a lovely idea, to make sure your partner comes home to no more jobs, and you can spend the evening enjoying each others company. Not only does this prevent some useless consumerism, but a clean home can help with a clean mind. Giving some free time for some head-space could very well be the greatest gift a person can give! Karen uses housekeep to hire a cleaner, they are transparent about their pricing and this means you can choose to pay your cleaner a fair wage like the London Living Wage.
Little Gestures For Big Hearts
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Makayla’s idea for Valentine’s Day is to spend a day with someone you love and share your time together! Get some fair trade chocolate (her favourite is UnReal), buy a potted plant instead of cut flowers (succulents are her favourite), and instead of buying a card, why not make your own? Nothing says love like a personal, handwritten or hand-created love letter.