February is the month on love and another valentines day is just around the corner.
I can literally feel the excitement in the air with all the love gift packages for him and her popping up on the internet.
Valentines come with lots of spending and gifting. Like most festive season, this season comes with a spike in wastes. Already, about 27% of household wastes are packaging items, some 2.5million tons of plastics, then imagine the millions of plastic wraps and packaging boxes that will be discarded on Valentine’s day, in a celebration-giggly country like Nigeria.
Valentine or no valentine, there is no season that is exempted from being kept waste-free which is why we at ecobarter are always here to give you tips to go zero waste in every aspect of your lives.
Like always, we’ve got you covered on how to go zero waste on valentines day:
Do not use Non-Biodegradable, Single-use Packaging/Wrappings for your Gifts
It is totally avoidable to get your partner a gift without wrapping and packaging. You can use recyclable clothing to wrap your gifts. Also, you can use reusable boxes to place your gift instead of a wrapping paper that will be thrown away after one use. You can as well take your partner directly to shop together as a surprise. Trust me, it will still mean a lot to them. You can visit our store to purchase recyclable paper packaging boxes here
Make Home Made Food and Snacks
Instead of ordering packaged foods from restaurants and eateries, you should try having home made snacks or getting them delivered to your house. Eating out at restaurants, also increases your waste footprint as you use tissue papers, plastic bottles, tooth-picks and others that you typically won’t need at home where you will simply wash your hand.
Buying packaged drinks, also generates waste, to eliminate wastes, only buy in packages that are biodegradable, reusable or easily recyclable.
Refuse Gift Cards
Gift cards end up in the trash can sooner or later. Not to break your heart but one day, the person you give a gift card to will look at them, smile and throw them in the trash-can while cleaning their house. Technology is now here for us. Send your loved ones a mail, message on social media, or even flaunt them if it suits you on your social media pages. Those little things will stick to their hearts and memories compared to a gift card. They get to be reminded by Facebook one day that they were once appreciated. Better still, you can use Eco-friendly materials or sustainable materials to give them crafted messages.
Give Eco-friendly gifts
Give your partner gifts that are Eco-friendly and sustainable. Give them something that they can hold onto forever and smile when they think of you. Gifts that can last for a long period of time, instead of gifts that will be used once and thrown away. There are lots of cool Eco-friendly materials in the market now. Nature lovers will forever appreciate you giving them such. You can visit or store to shop for nice and cheap Eco-friendly gifts here.
Just like your Valentine, mother Earth deserves a show of love and what better way to do it than to desist from degrading it on Lover’s day.
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