How to have a green Valentine’s Day

February 14 doesn’t have to be all about getting hokey cards and boxes of mediocre chocolate.

While many look at Valentine's Day as simply a product of consumerism, those with significant others may quickly find that their partner doesn't quite agree with their logic and expects a special day. February 14 doesn't have to be all about getting hokey cards and boxes of mediocre chocolate though. It's actually rather easy to avoid buying into the holiday's consumerist-driven market while making it a special day to celebrate your relationship.

As a matter of fact, it might suit you best to do so, according to the results of a recent poll by Timberland, a company known primarily for its footwear. The survey showed that 77 percent of Americans think environmentally-conscious behaviors are an attractive quality in a partner, and 54 percent said that an outdoor activity would make for an ideal date.

If you and your partner intend to go out, try to head somewhere nearby and make the walk there part of the date. While that is obviously a great way to avoid energy consumption, a long stroll together presents a couple with the opportunity to have a good talk with each other.

Some couples may prefer to stay in together, which can be both very romantic and green with the right environmentally friendly products. A particularly amorous night at home is often associated with candle light, chocolate and wine, which all come in eco-friendly varieties. Candles made of beeswax and soy are good green alternatives to those composed of petroleum-based wax. When looking for sweets and wine, search for options that are marked with a fair trade label.

For a fun and romantic dinner at home, couples may visit a local farm or farmer's market to gather ingredients for a meal they can cook together later on. Just like a long walk, cooking a meal with locally grown products can provide couples with an opportunity to relax, bond and share some much-needed alone time.

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