Love Is in the Air

Date night ideas for the Mother Nature lover

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Originally posted by neaarty

Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. Love is in the air, but it doesn’t have to smell like a landfill.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are planning to spend an average of $89.86 on Valentine’s Day gifts. What happens to those greeting cards and flowers ($1.1 billion and $1.9 billion respectively) come February 15? Sadly, cards, flowers, and those adorable conversation hearts end up in the trash. (Flowers can go in the green waste bin!) 

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As it turns out, 24 percent of Americans surveyed plan to give experience gifts, while approximately 40 percent hope to receiveexperience gifts! So, if you’re all about the love story, show both your partner and Mother Nature some affection with these date-night ideas that are practically waste-free and inexpensive, too.

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For nature-loving sweethearts, rent a bicycle built for two and ride to new or memorable places. You’ll be getting exercise and quality time together and, as a bonus, you won’t be generating trash. 

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Just not into riding bikes? Sow the seeds of love by planting a drought-friendly or native flora garden. You can enjoy it year round, and it won’t end up in the trash a week later like those fresh-cut flowers. To find flowers that fit your garden, and their meaning, check out this website

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Are you in a new relationship? Learn what makes your partner’s heart flutter with a game of 20 (or more) questions. You can play anywhere: at home, the spot where you met, or a romantic cafe. If you want, use small scraps of paper to write the questions, pick them from a jar, and reuse both for the next quality time occasion. 

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Singles, you have not been forgotten! You don’t have to be lonesome just because you weren’t shot with Cupid’s arrow this year. Learn the meaning of “puppy love” by volunteering to walk dogs at your local animal shelter. Dogs need love, too! Skip the chocolate and flowers, get some exercise, and spend time with someone who really needs it. 

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Now, get out there and show Mother Nature she’s your main squeeze.

— TC Clark
Posted on Feb 9, 2017

Summary: According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are planning to spend an average of $89.86 on Valentine’s Day gifts. Sadly, cards, flowers, and those adorable conversation hearts end up in the trash.