Have an eco-friendly Valentine's Day

February 12, 2011 7:35:36 AM PST
There are many traditional Valentine's Day gifts, including roses and cards, but some of those might harm our planet.

Bianca Alexander with Conscious Living visited the ABC7 studio to talk about eco-friendly alternatives to Valentine's Day gifts.

1. Save the trees
Use Valentine's Day cards made from recycled paper for a hand-written love note. The Chicago non-profit Womancraft created a stationary. The group trains at-risk and homeless women to make cards from recycled paper and reclaimed flower petals. These cards are also plant-able and will grow into gorgeous wildflowers.

2. Give pesticide-free organic roses
Buy organic roses, for example from Whole Foods Market, which come from the first USDA-certified organic farm in the world. A dozen roses cost about $17.99, and they'll gift-wrap them for free.

Also, Whole Foods Market is a great place pick up some fair trade, organic chocolates and a bottle of organic wine to enjoy at home

3. Give Eco-Friendly Lingerie
Why should the men have all the fun? Ladies, pick up a pair of fun underwear for your beau. Junk Drawers makes underwear from reclaimed remnant fabrics that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The best part: they are designed to be unisex, and colorful enough to be a swimsuit bottom, so you can pick up a pair for yourself, too!

4. Give a sensual massage with essential oils
Give your valentine the gift of touch, a massage using natural oils hand-blended from Peaceful Parlour. Create your own custom blend to get your sweetheart in the mood.

Peaceful Parlour
212 South 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134-2768

5. Go for a romantic dinner out
Treat your sweetheart to a delicious gourmet vegetarian dinner at a "green" restaurant, Karyn's on Green in Greektown. This Saturday, Sunday and Monday they are offering a Prix Fixe Special along with their regular menu: a four-course dinner plus champagne for $99/ couple. They are also featuring a sexy eco-lingerie fashion show all three nights, where you can see the Junk Drawers in action.

Karyn's on Green
130 South Green Street
Chicago, IL