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Valentine’s Day: Making It Sustainable

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In the US, Valentine’s Day 2020 is set to break records for spending, with consumers buying up flowers, chocolates, cards and meals. But how sustainable is Valentine’s Day?

  • Starting the month before Valentine’s Day, hundreds of rose-laden cargo planes fly from Colombia and Ecuador burning over 25 million gallons of fuel.
  • Turning cocoa into chocolate uses 4,500 liters of water per pound of chocolate.
  • US Consumers will spend $1.3 billion on greeting cards—most not made from recycled paper nor supplied from sustainable forests.

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