Cocoa farming… not so sweet
These are not facts likely to get your sweetheart in the mood!
Chocolate as ethical as it is tasty
- Check out Ethical Consumer’s boxed chocolate guide: This is a great resource, and comes with sliders so you can rank by what’s most important to you (environmental impact, sustainability, animal rights, etc).
- They also have a Chocolate Bar guide if you want to think outside the box J
- The Ethical Superstore also has a multitude of sustainable Valentine’s Day gift ideas
- Here’s a list of 5 Easy-To-Find (mostly) ethical chocolates
Every rose has its thorn, or should I say thorns?
Looks can be deceptive. A beautiful bouquet of flowers on your dining room table could be the result of an environmental mess elsewhere in the world. Like chocolate, most flowers are grown 1,000-2,000 miles away from where they are eventually sold. That’s a lot of carbon! And when it comes to ethical farming, out of sight is definitely out of mind. Not only are excessive amounts of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides used to grow the flowers, they must also arrive pest-free. A common “sanitizer” is methyl bromide, a serious ozone depleter. Don’t forget—the many workers on these farms are exposed to these chemicals on a regular basis.
(Organic) Flower Power!
- Always buy local first! Venture out into the world, and talk to your local florists. Ask them about their flowers and try to buy ones grown organically, nearby, before ordering out.
- Ethical Consumer also has a great report on the most responsible big florists
- Organic Bouquet is all organic flowers
- Some large florists like FTD do have green options
- Check sites like Local Harvest and Veriflora for ethical florists near you!
Want to make a unique impression on your date and support conservation? Buy your love bug a chocolate covered roach from the Bronx Zoo! For $10 you can name a hissing cockroach after the object of your affection, and dropping $25 gets you “a hand-painted, artisanal chocolate roach.” Delicious.