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How to Show Some Love to Mother Earth (and make Necktie Aprons!)

Valentine’s Day, like many of our country’s gift-giving holidays, can be very wasteful. However, it does not have to be this way. And hopefully, we shouldn't ever need to wait for holidays to show our appreciation for our loved ones.

Saying “I love you”to those close to us is always important,and there are many ways to show your affection without purchasing wasteful cards or throwaway, single-use gifts. We believe that the most meaningful way to express our feelings is to do so in a more personal eco-fashion!


Did you know that the majority of roses sold for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. are imported from South America, wasting fossil fuels, or that in the two-week period leading up to the big day that American sales of gold jewelry lead to 34 million metric tons of waste?


The blog How to Reuse it Creatively wants to change this trend and created a list of 20 great ideas for how to reduce the waste you produce when giving gifts from the heart.





A few of the ideas for showing love year-round include - making an online mix of music for someone; sewing together a heart shaped pillow out of reused materials; making some yummy goodies like fudge or cookies and putting them in a homemade box; or making your own Valentine’s fortune cookie and putting a message for your loved one inside. Tutorials are included!


And if you’re considering sporting an apron and making a tasty treat for your loved ones, here’s a bonus make-it-yourself project. You can get crafty right here in San Bernardino County on March 5th in the City of Highland.  Bring along your old neckties and join the Highland Environmental Coalition to learn how to make a “Necktie Apron,” which is sure to be the talk of any dinner party. There is no sewing required and the event is absolutely FREE!

Just show up at Highland Environmental Learning Center 7863 Central Ave. in Highland, CA 92346 at 10 am on Saturday, March 5th with old neckties, and you’ll be good to go!


Do you have any crafty ideas to share? If so, we’d love to hear them! Please share in the comment section below.

Photo courtesy of Belle and Burger.


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