Responsible waste behaviour is not only good for the environment, it’s also attractive to potential partners, according to YouGov research commissioned by Veolia. The statistics revealed that littering is considered a major turnoff, and using a reusable bottle will help to secure second date! We're spreading some environmental love this Valentines Day by giving away FREE reusable water bottles.
See below for details on how to enter, plus cast your eye over our sustainable tips to boost your chances of finding love this Valentine's Day.
Veolia's Five Sustainable Tips for Valentine's Day
1. Make your own cards
Around 25 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent in the UK every year, equivalent to more than 8,000 trees.
This year, why not show some love for your partner AND the planet by sending an e-card? If you prefer a traditional declaration of love, make sure you look out for cards that are recyclable and glitter-free (glitter can't be recycled).
Go a step further and make your own Valentine's card. Not only more sentimental and unique, you can demonstrate your sustainability credentials to your partner by using recycled paper... now that's a way to win someone's heart!
2. Gift experiences
Consider giving experiences instead of physical presents this year. Whether it's a trip to the theatre, a football match or something more adventurous, experiences tend to be more memorable whilst producing less waste.
Sharing an activity will create memories that last much longer than a bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates.
3. Opt for living plants over flowers
Roses are red, violets are blue, houseplants last longer, better for the environment too!
With roses considered a Valentine’s Day staple since the 17th Century, millions are now imported into the UK every February, only to last a week on the windowsill.
To help minimise mileage, why not purchase seasonal flowers from local, environmentally minded shops. Once finished, don’t forget to compost them!
If you’re after something that will last for years rather than days, consider buying your partner a house or garden plant. The gesture not only symbolises the longevity of your love, it improves air quality by reducing CO2 levels!
4. Try a farm-to-table dinner
Instead of dining out, why not attempt a romantic meal at home using locally grown ingredients, paired with organic wine or juice. Plan ahead to avoid excess food waste and don't forget to recycle your peelings!
You could even create some extra ambiance by using beeswax candles, which help clean the air at the same time!
5. Choose to reuse
According to our research, 34% of Londoners are more likely to see someone again if they used a reusable mug, and 39% said the same about a reusable bottle.
The act of reusing, rather than throwing away, shows consideration for the environment which is attractive to potential partners.
In need of more reusable items? Enter our Valentines Day competition on Twitter.
*WATER BOTTLE GIVEAWAY T&Cs
The competition will run from 11 to 14 February and twenty winners will be chosen at random. The winners will be notified on social media within two weeks of entry and prizes will be shipped within four weeks.
In order to manage applicants and to advise if they have won, we will collect social media names from participants. The winning participants will be messaged privately in order to obtain preferred delivery addresses. We will not share this information with any person or organisation outside of Veolia.
We will retain your information for a maximum of 3 years or until you tell us that you wish for your information to be removed. You have the right to ask us for your personal information that we hold and process about you.
You can also request:
a. that any inaccurate information we hold about you is corrected;
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