Valentine's Day Gifts: Green Love for Everyone
Traditional Gift: Ridiculously-high thread count sheets
Eco-alternative: Linens made from bamboo or organic cottonPhoto via basheertome @ flickr
Finish your evening by slipping into something a little more comfortableâ€”on the bed, that is. Sheets made from natural, sustainable fibers, like bamboo (which is as soft as silk), or from pesticide-free fibers like the organic cotton sheets from Loop, let you sleep a little better knowing they arenâ€™t as hard on the Earth as conventional materials.
Traditional Gift: Massage oil
Eco-alternative: A body massage candlePhoto via Peter Becker @ flickr Scandleâ€™s soy candles do double duty: they set the mood with twinkling flames that inspire romantic momentsâ€”and then melt into a petroleum-free massage oil that works as a lotion on hands, feet, elbows, or anywhere else on your body. Aromatherapy scents like â€œHealingâ€ and â€œCalmingâ€ are available year-round, while Valentineâ€™s Day-specific treats include Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry and Scandle-lous (a floral blend). The candles are refillable to prevent excess waste, and each comes with a tag that grows flowers when planted.
Traditional Gift: Lingerie or boxers
Eco-alternative: Eco-friendly underwearPhoto via g=9.8
The best thing about giving underwear is that itâ€™s kind of a gift for both of youâ€”a gift that keeps giving, if you will. But instead of shelling out for mass-produced, carbon-guzzling fabrics like cotton and silk, try the sexy pieces (for men and women) from g=9.8: Theyâ€™re made from LENPUR, a material formed from scraps of wood, but are as soft, silky, and sweet as anything youâ€™d get from Victoria or Frederick'sâ€”not that it matters, since we doubt youâ€™ll be wearing them very long. Need more inspiration? Check out our Ooh-la-la Organic Panties slideshow.