Let’s face it. Valentine’s Day is a consumer holiday. Americans buy a lot of stuff to celebrate the people they love. My friends at The Rainforest Alliance sent me these tips that help conserve the earth’s beautiful forests, protect its precious wildlife and promote the well-being of communities worldwide when purchasing some of the traditional items we tend to buy to show our love.

Beautiful blooms

Surprise your love with a beautiful bouquet without harming the environment! Flowers that bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal come from farms that protect forest ecosystems, conserve soil and water and improve the lives of farm families and communities. You can find certified blooms at your local Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Whole Foods Market.

Sweet surprises

Treat your valentine to a sweet surprise! Farmed on over 18 million acres of tropical land, some 40 million people depend on cocoa for their livelihoods. Enjoy the guilty pleasure of chocolate without the guilt -- choose chocolate that contains cocoa grown with respect for people, wildlife and the environment. Check out the list of chocolates made using cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

Flickering flames

Nothing sets the mood better than the flickering flame of an aromatic candle. Aloha Bay now offer a gorgeous range of candles featuring the green frog seal. These candles are made using sustainable palm oil from certified farms that work to protect wildlife, curb deforestation and improve conditions for farming communities. Choose from a range of seductive scents, including “Love.”

Elegant wines

Complement your Valentine’s Day meal with a bottle of wine from a winery committed to sustainability. Willamette Valley Vineyards uses cork from forests that are Rainforest Alliance Certified in accordance with the environmentally and socially sustainable standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) -- the gold standard for responsible forestry.

Do these tips give you some ideas for having a more sustainable Valentine’s Day or do you have other ideas for celebrating while treading a little more lightly on the earth?

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