Rainforest Alliance’s Green Guide to Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2012

This Valentine’s Day sweethearts can demonstrate their love for one another and the planet by choosing gifts and activities that protect the environment and improve the livelihoods of workers and their communities across the globe.

Surprise your love with certified blooms

Surprise your Valentine with a beautiful bouquet, but make sure it was not grown at the expense of the environment. Flowers that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal were grown on farms that curb deforestation, conserve soil and water, provide habitat for wildlife and protect the rights and well-being of farm workers. You can find certified blooms at Whole Foods Market, Sam’s Club, Trader Joes and Costco.

Treat your love to ethical chocolate

Valentine Heart

Farmed on over 18 million acres of tropical land, some 40 million people depend on cocoa for their livelihoods. Make sure the chocolate you buy contains cocoa grown in a way that protects forests and helps cocoa farming communities thrive. Find a list of certified chocolate on the Rainforest Alliance’s website.

Tell your love how you feel

Let your loved one know how you feel by sending a romantic e-card. They are environmentally-friendly, save paper, reduce carbon emissions and they’re inexpensive!

Enchant your love with an intimate night-in

Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at home while saving emissions and money. When selecting the perfect bottle of wine to complement your meal, look for wineries committed to sustainability. Willamette Valley wines use cork certified by the Rainforest Alliance to meet the environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mediterranean cork forests provide refuge for the Iberian lynx and other endangered species, and support local farmers who sustainably harvest the cork bark without damaging the trees. End your evening with a super sweet delight -- a chocolate fondue! Indulge in this decadent dessert while supporting wildlife and workers alike by buying fruit and chocolate that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified green frog seal.

Rekindle your love on a romantic get-away

Rekindle your love on a romantic get-away. Find stunning and sustainable destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean on SustainableTrip.org -- a database of tourism businesses that conserve natural resources, protect plants and wildlife, and support local communities.