Sure, V Day is a Hallmark holiday. But that doesn’t mean you have to shop at Hallmark. Our ethical Valentine's Day gift guide has everything you need for that perfect present, while supporting sustainable products and small businesses, too. What’s not to love about that?
Papersheep Press substitutes paper for cotton in the making of its “tree-free” love notes, which are letterpressed in Brooklyn and sweetly tucked into recycled-kraft-paper envelopes.
Anton Heunis’ “vintage-modern” designs are the epitome of sustainable style—the stunning jewels are handmade and feature repurposed materials like stones and crystals. Heunis also nails the broader holiday sentiment with his professed muse, citing his grandmother as an early inspiration.
It's good to strip the Lokta bush of its bark. The process encourages new plant growth, and artisans in the Himalayan mountains use the fibers to create ultra-sustainable wrapping paper. Case in point: these striking red-and-gold sheets from Paper Mojo.
When it comes time to tie that bow, opt for Hemptique's rustic-chic hemp cordage, a naturally biodegradable alternative to synthetic string.
We heart The Bouqs for a bunch of reasons. (Get it, a bunch?) The California company eschews shipping fees—all bouquets are a flat $40—and takes a decidedly un-stuffy approach to florals. Even better, their stems are responsibly sourced. The Rainforest Alliance-certified blossoms are cut only if they have been sold, and they're shipped straight from the farm to cut down on cold storage and energy use.
One more reason to love ‘em? They’re offering Ethica customers 10% off on all bouqs—just use the code ‘SUSTAINABLE’ at checkout.
P.S. Like we'd forget about you! Use the code VDAY2013 for 15% off your Valentine's Day order (valid until 2.14.13).