Recycle This Valentine’s Day!

By Jacqui Flaherty, Program Manager

DID YOU KNOW? Each year, Americans will send over a billion greeting cards? Take a guess at what day is the single biggest card-giving holiday? That’s right– it’s TODAY…Valentine’s Day!  Remember that greeting cards & their envelopes can be recycled–as well as foil candy wrappers, cardboard candy boxes & paper gift bags. But, there are also some greener options out there, too:

  • Valentine’s E-Cards: Save trees in the name of love! If you really want to give your loved one a card, you can make sure it is printed on recycled paper… or make it yourself!
  • Flowers: How about you plant a tree instead of giving your loved one flowers? If flowers are non-negotiable, look for organic flowers that were grown without pesticides or purchase your flowers from a grocer or retailer that composts its pre-consumer food waste, including floral items.
  • Home-cooked meals: Show your loved ones you care by cooking with fresh, local, organic ingredients.

Whatever you do, in the name of LOVE, just make sure to do it the greenest way possible! Happy Valentine’s Day to our Keep Akron Beautiful friends!


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