So red roses are out as a romantic gift, if your love is a green, green eco-warrior… so what would he or she like instead, as the ultimate romantic gesture that shows that you are equally committed to their environmentally friendly ideals?
Natural heart candle
A heart shaped hemp and soy candle with a gorgeous scent ticks all the boxes for a romantic token. The oils are totally natural and beautifully silky so that you can use them as massage oils after you’ve enjoyed your candlelit dinner. This candle is available from Hemporium in several fragrances and is 100% vegan.
Organic raw chocolate
If you are giving chocolate for Valentine’s Day, make sure that it is the real stuff. Honest Chocolate in Cape Town produce a fantastic range of raw organic chocolate bars and bonbons, hand-made, dairy free and the ultimate in taste sensations.
Donate a love tree
If you hate the hype of Valentine’s Day but still want to show your love that you are thinking of them, Greenpop have the answer. For a donation of R100 they will plant an indigenous tree in the name of your beloved as part of their tree-planting and greening campaign.
You get an ecard and the GPS coordinates of your’ Love tree’ sent out on 14th February.
Mood lighting with LEDs
If you have a rather grander gesture in mind, think outside the box. Mood-lighting is essential for a romantic dinner, so why not make sure that all your lighting is as eco-friendly as possible. Retrofit an entire room (or the whole house) with LED lighting for Valentine’s Day, which will save energy for the whole of its ten year life-span. Now that’s a gift that really will pass the test of time.
A luxury weekend at a nature reserve
But for true romance in the greenest of settings, a weekend away in a luxury nature reserve is hard to beat. It’s an indulgence but if you pick a destination with green values where conservation and community development are key, then you can enjoy the bliss with a clear conscience. Grootbos nature reserve overlooking Walker Bay has a Month of Love special throughout February which offers 5 star luxury half-price.
So what would you choose as a green Valentine’s gift? Any other great ideas to share?