Zero Waste Valentines Day

By Tasha Mosher

Is there a special someone who makes your heart skip a beat? Is there a special place in your own heart that gets burdened by the excess of Valentine’s Day? Thirty paper valentines with plastic-wrapped candy for your child’s classroom. Mass produced stuffies that come apart at the seams a month later. Flowers that wilt well before your love does. Never fear, here are some simple ways to show your sustaining (and sustainable) love. 

The Card. Valentines Day takes me back to days where our little kid bodies scurried around the classroom leaving cartoon-character-covered cards with a name scrawled on the back. Somehow the grown up version doesn’t fall too far off - so why not put some effort into crafting a creative alternative? If your amour likes music, write out the lyrics to a favorite song. Try your hand at writing a poem or stick to the basics of what you appreciate about this person. Send a series of sweet postcards from the Wild & Free Animals of North America by Seattle artist Michelle Zeidman (carried at Scoop!)

The Flowers. Cut flowers may be sprayed with pesticides and shipped from far-away distances - something we have to honor when we live in the Pacific Northwest. If you want to stick to a cut bouquet, try assembling northwest native species (ferns, salal, evergreen huckleberry) in a re-used glass jar to add local flair to your giving. Better yet, check out the succulents and handcrafted plant pots at our neighbor shop The Works. Succulents are fairly hardy no fuss plants.

The Treats. Valentine’s Day is often equated with a box of chocolates, but how about trying out something new this year? Baking a special treat from scratch conveys something special. Try this recipe for a chocolate chai fudge:

1/2 cup almond butter

1/4 cup coconut oil, soft*

1/4 cup cocoa powder*

1/2-1 tbsp chai-infused sugar syrup*

cacao nibs for topping*

*Available at Scoop

Line a mini muffin tin with silicon liners. In a bowl, mix the almond butter and coconut oil until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and 1/2 tablespoon of chai syrup - make a small cup of concentrated Cha Cha Chai and add to the 2 Tbsp of sugar. Add syrup to taste starting with ½ tbsp. Add 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of mixture to each mini muffin tin and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Place tray in the fridge for an hour to set and then remove the fudge from the liners for general fridge storage.

The Experience. We know that the best things in life aren’t things - they’re people who see us for who we are. Part of honoring that is experiencing things with one another, so try out a new adventure based on shared interests. Bonus points if the experience that your loved one will dig gets you out of your comfort zone. This doesn’t have to cost money. Crafting a new music playlist. Planning a trip to the museums on (free) first Thursday. Walking along the Seattle waterfront. These things really bring us back to the sweetness of enjoying a slice of our life with another person.