Green Tip of the Week – G/Valentine’s Edition!

Green It Yourself! How YOU can make your RedHawk life a little Greener.

By Hannah Remmert

All right everybody, the notorious Valentine’s Day is upon us. So whether you’re planning a romantic celebration with your SO or a sweet Galentine’s event with your closest gal pals, check out these tips to make your celebrations a little more sustainable!

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  1. Skip the flashy Valentine’s cards
    • According to CNN, 151 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. It’s a pretty sure guarantee that most of these, no matter how funny or cute they are, will probably end up in a landfill at some point. This year, try an online Valentine instead. Check out JibJab’s hilarious customizable cards here!
  2. Cut the Roses
    • 51% of Americans buy flowers for Valentine’s which, tbh, are totally overdone and cliche. Plus, they’re most likely going to end up in a landfill after a couple of weeks. What if you tried a potted plant or herb this year? Especially if you and your SO enjoy cooking together, herbs are a practical gift which you can use to spice things up in the future.
  3. Fair Trade Chocolate
    • We’ve said it again and again, but go with the fair trade option when it comes to chocolates! For such a tiny difference in cost, these chocolates can make a huge environmental difference. Read more about the best fair trade chocolate brands here.

GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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