February 14, 2008 The Pump Handle 4Comment

Reporters and bloggers are using the occasion of Valentine’s Day to explore the health and environmental aspects of typical gifts and recommend worker- and Earth-friendly alternatives.

• Jennifer Sass at NRDC’s Switchboard blog describes how typical greenhouse practices harm flower workers, and offers some healthier Valentine’s Day suggestions.
• The Green Guide at Grist suggests some green options for flowers and chocolate.
• Terra Sigillata alerts us to a romantic tune that can be downloaded to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
• The LA Times’ Margot Roosevelt reports on prominent jewelry retailers’ opposition to the Pebble Mine proposed for the site of the world’s largest sockeye salmon run; it’s part of the broader “No Dirty Gold” campaign.

My own Valentine plans include dinner at a local organic restaurant and Fair Trade Divine chocolate (disclosure: I’m friends with Divine USA’s CEO). Anyone else have green V-Day gift ideas to share?

4 thoughts on “Green Valentine Gifts

  1. Digital Valentines Day without the chromium for me. I’m not in a relationship but I bought a domain name for a forward email for mom. I figure I can use this for years to come and never tell her the forward addresses don’t cost anything.

    Unfortunately she doesn’t have a computer at the moment, but thats not really the point!(the one we got her for christmas died a fast death ala vista)

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