Love is great. Waste is not.

Ensure your day is a good one for both your loved ones and the planet. When it comes to gift-giving, we encourage people to think about:

  • Experiential gifts
  • Consumable gifts
  • Practical gifts that are environmentally friendly and ethically sourced

Chocolate? That’s consumable. Plants? You can get those sourced from environmentally and ethically conscious places. Date night? That’s a great experiential gift.

We’ve compiled a list of eco-conscious Valentine’s Day gifts for you to give your loved one(s):

Fair Trade* and Palm Oil Free** Chocolate

Trying to determine where to purchase fair trade chocolate in Manitoba?

  • Generation Green, Winnipeg, MB
  • Ten Thousand Villages (Winnipeg, Steinbach, Brandon, Altona)
  • Vita Health, Winnipeg, MB
  • MEC, Winnipeg, MB
  • Bulk Barn (Winkler, Brandon, Winnipeg)
  • A variety of large grocery retailers
  • Others? Let us know

Treat yourself and our environment by buying chocolate without palm oil in it. How do you know if it contains palm oil? Read the ingredients list, and look for words like Palm Kernel Oil or Sodium Laureth Sulphate. Saturated Fat content of 50% or more is also a red flag. For more details, click here.

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Fair Trade* Flowers

Trying to determine where to purchase fair trade flowers in Manitoba?

  • Arborg Nic Nacs, Arborg, MB
  • The Station, Boissevain, MB
  • Carman Florist, Carman, MB
  • Fountain of Flowers, Dauphin, MB
  • Cut & Dried Russell Flowers, Russell, MB
  • Edward Carriere, Winnipeg, MB
  • The Floral Fixx, Winnipeg, MB
  • U Floria, Winnipeg, MB
  • Others? Let us know
House Plants

Even better than giving fair trade flowers (which are likely flown in or grown using copious amounts of electricity and water), try giving a houseplant. Repot a shoot from one of your own or find a locally grown one at a retailer near you.

Bulk Candy

Planning to buy candy? Bring your jars to Bulk Barn (or another store selling bulk candy) and fill them up with your sweets. Just think of all the packaging you’ll eliminate from your gift. Plus, gifts in jars always make great Instagram photos.

Did you know palm oil can also be found in candy? For more information about how to make a Happy Valentine’s Day for an orangutan by avoiding palm oil, click here.

Movie Night

Date nights (aka experiential gifts) are great memory makers! One example includes a movie night:

  • Go to the movie theater to watch a new release.
  • On a tight budget or don’t live close to a movie theater? Stream one online or visit your local library to see what kind of movies they have available for check-out.
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Dinner

How fun is a good meal with your loved one?

  • Go out to a local restaurant and enjoy the company of your loved one(s). Even better, find a restaurant that serves primarily local food! Don’t forget to bring your own container in case you have leftovers at the end of the night.
  • Going out for dinner not your thing? Buy a bottle of Fair Trade* wine and make dinner at home. Be extra eco and make your meal vegetarian, local, and/or waste-free.
DIY Care Package

Make or purchase bath salts, face scrub, shampoo bar, soap bar, beeswax candle, fair trade* wine

Local Honey

Looking to get real cheesy? Find some local honey and make a label or card that says “will you bee my valentine.”

Fair Trade* Coffee or Tea

Bonus points if you can find a store near you that carries fair trade tea and/or coffee in bulk and bring your own container to fill. 

Cards

Giving a card? Why not make one using recycled paper, or upcycle a card you already have. If purchasing one, be sure it’s made from 100% recycled content and isn’t plastered with sparkles.

Wrapping

If you’re giving a physical gift, don’t forget to choose sustainable wrapping options. Click here for some ideas.

* Why fair trade? In addition to ensuring that the workers producing the product you are purchasing are working in fair conditions and being paid a fair wage, these products are also produced and harvested in an environmentally sustainable way. Choosing fair trade is good for everyone.

Further questions about Fair Trade? Visit Fair Trade Manitoba’s website.

**Why go Palm Oil Free? More than 50% of products in most supermarkets contain palm oil or its derivatives. Unfortunately, palm oil production has been linked to massive deforestation, orangutan habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses. By choosing products without palm oil, we are choosing to support an industry that allows the environment and people to thrive.

More questions about Palm Oil? Visit the Orangutan Alliance website.