February 1, 2019 News, Sustainability Tips

Valentine’s Day is a day where we make a bit of extra effort to show our loved ones that we care. When you’re thinking of how you can show or celebrate your love this year, why not consider doing it in ways that are also full of care for the environment, and the people and places that are impacted.

Here are some suggestions on how you can have minimal negative impact, and maximal positive ones!

1. When purchasing gifts, know when to say ‘Yes’ and when to say ‘No’

Say YES to: Say NO to:
Chocolates that are Fairtrade, Organic, and Rainforest Alliance certified

Wine that is Organic, and BC VQA (produced in BC)

Locally sourced flowers or living plants


Plastic wrapped gifts, cards and flowers

Imported flowers (most roses are imported)

Plastic wrapped/packed treats or baking (chocolates, cookies)

2. Give yourself time:

Thinking ahead allows you to put a bit more thought into your actions. Give yourself time so that you don’t feel rushed to get a valentine’s gift ready for your loved one, or last-minute treats for your child’s classroom.

3. Give an experience:

Some experience-based gifts include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Tickets (sports, concerts, movies)
  • Gift certificates (coffee shops, restaurants, etc.)
  • Fun activities (escape room, art gallery, bowling)

Valentine’s Day Question: Do you put less thought into your decisions when you feel rushed?

If you are planning on making any purchases for valentine’s day this year, give yourself the time to think about the true impact of the item you are purchasing (Where did it come from? Who made it? How is it packaged? Can it be responsibly disposed of?). This doesn’t just apply to Valentine’s Day!

Keep it Seasonal

What’s in season? 

Don’t forget to choose local! At this time of year, there are still many seasonal vegetables that are in abundance. This is the perfect time of year to enjoy those wintery root veggies for hearty dishes and stews. Another amazing benefit to living on the coast is our access to local fish and seafood.

Kale Leeks Onions
Parsnips Beans Beets
Cabbage Carrots Potatoes
Squash Turnips
Cod Crab Halibut
Mussels Oysters Sablefish
Clams Scallops

Grow Your Own Food

Ever want to grow your own food? Still waiting for a plot in a community garden? Think you don’t have the right space to grow your own food? Think again! Whether your space is small, shady, on a balcony, or has poor soil you’ll learn how to make the best of your challenging growing situation and produce your own delicious veggies all season long!

Movement Through Gardening – Growing Food in Difficult Spaces with Mik Turje

  • Saturday, February 23
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wesbrook Community Centre, Multipurpose Room

This workshop is FREE and open to the public, as a part of MoveUBC. No registration is required.

Seasonal Food Question: Do you check the labels and signs to find out where your produce was grown?

Even if knowing where an item is from doesn’t affect your purchasing decision, understanding where our food is grown is an interesting and educational practice!

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