A suburban greenmom goes on her annual Valentine's Day rant...
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I guess it’s time for the annual questions and reminders about the scary labor conditions surrounding the production of chocolate, flowers, and jewelry…this holiday has always kind of bugged me, but pretty much any holiday that's primarily about "showing how much you care by buying a lot of stuff" bugs me.
There have been a few posts on the Booth surrounding these issues—I did one two years ago on Valentine’s Day, and I just discovered Green Bean’s wonderful post about her antique store engagement ring. And last year I crabbed about it again, this time about the crazy wasteful valentines we’re all supposed to buy for our kids, so they can take them to school, put them in everyone’s boxes, bring them home, let them sit around till March, and then slip them into recycling when the kids aren’t looking.
So I don’t need to say a lot of new stuff: just another plea to, if we can’t ignore the holiday all together (which would be my preference, honestly!), to live it as lightly as we are able to live through the rest of the year. Fair Trade chocolate, recycled gold, estate jewelry, organic flowers (or better yet, live plants), conflict-free diamonds, small personal Valentine greetings if they can’t be avoided all together.
So--once again, I'd love to throw it out to the comments: Do any of you have any great ideas or favorite vendors for how to enjoy this holiday in a light-living way?
--Jenn the Greenmom