Whether you're someone who carefully plans your Valentine's gift to your loved one or one of the people who run out to the petrol station for flowers and chocolates at the last minute, it's easy to get caught up in all the hype and excitement, 'shoulds' and 'shouldn'ts' of gift buying.
But, if you, or your loved one, is someone that wants to be environmentally kind or ethical, it's good to stop and consider the effect your gift-giving has on the planet. We'd really like to encourage you to think about your chosen present's impact on the environment and choose ethically friendly options.
There seems to be a wave of opinion that shopping for Valentine's gifts for men is harder, which might seem extra tricky if you're trying to shop ethically. But don't worry, in this blog, we have some great Valentine gift ideas for him that won't break your budget or the environment.
Here are some of our top picks for an ethical Valentine's Day.
This unique belt is made from reclaimed rubber from old tyres. Cut out by hand, keeping the original thread of the tyres in the design, this hard-wearing alternative to leather is super long-lasting. The belts are produced in an environmentally friendly, vegan and cruelty-free way, and all the pattern designs are one-offs.
Paguro's vision is to bring together a collection of the world's finest upcycled products, collaborating with producers and designers who share the desire to create positive social and environmental change.
Votch's elegant Aalto range elevates cruelty-free style to a whole new level. The nautical design combined with minimalist features creates the perfect timepiece for every occasion. Each watch has a 40mm case in a signature brushed finish that will arrive to you in its own eco-friendly pouch and box.
The straps on this Votch are created from Piñatex, an innovative and sustainable fabric made from pineapple leaf fibres. Piñatex is a by-product from the pineapple harvest and provides additional income for the farmers growing this wondrous fruit. No extra land, pesticides or fertilisers are used in the production of Piñatex, meaning their straps are good for animals and are sustainable and eco-friendly.
Votch is also committed to reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill and helping to promote more sustainable fashion practises.
They have introduced their Take Back Give Back recycling programme, which is designed to encourage you to donate your unused or unwanted watch (of and brand and in any condition) to them, and they'll treat you with 15% of your next Votch purchase.
Cooper King is producing England’s first carbon-negative gin. They have committed to taking the lead to fight climate change. That’s why every 700ml bottle of Dry or Herb Gin removes 1kg of CO2e from the atmosphere and plants 1 square metre of native UK woodland.
As a sustainable distillery, they work closely with farmers, suppliers, and customers to minimise any negative impact arising from their operations. They have actively reduced the carbon emissions associated with their gin, for example, opting for lightweight, recycled glass bottles, using only 100% green energy and planting UK woodland.
Using carbon offsetting, they have invested money into certified projects that ensure the removal of 1kg more CO2e from the atmosphere than the gin emits, helping to reduce the adverse effects of climate change. In addition to carbon offsetting, each bottle of gin plants one square metre of native broadleaf UK woodland.
On top of all that, their gin receives excellent reviews for its amazing taste.
Conscious Skincare has created a high-quality, organic skincare brand built on an ethical philosophy that extends from sourcing their ingredients to the eco-friendly packaging they use. Their products are vegan, cruelty-free, never contain palm oil, and were awarded a best buy from Ethical Consumer magazine.
They have a comprehensive range of skincare for men, including this hard working hands gift set. It is a wonderful gift set for hardworking hands; it contains a zingy hand wash, moisturising hand lotion, and award-winning hand cream presented in a luxurious gift box.
Free from synthetic preservatives, parabens and phthalates, their products are delivered to you in plastic-free packaging and are aiming to offer a refill service in the near future.
For the Valentine's gift that keeps on giving, look at this monthly subscription box from Daisy and Dom. Changing contents each month, your loved one is guaranteed a delicious selection of dark chocolate vegan treats delivered to their door.
Daisy and Dom use as few ingredients in their products as possible, no palm oil or nasty e numbers and only ever ethically sourced cacao. They are also passionate about their packaging, and their bars are wrapped in recyclable paper. B Corp and Vegan Society certified you can be sure that the chocolate is produced most sustainably and ethically possible.
Our reusable, stainless steel razor has been created for people looking for a smooth and comfortable shave and to be eco-friendly.
It's hard to get exact figures, but we know billions of disposable razors and cartridges are thrown away every year. Made of mixed materials, they cannot be recycled and end up sitting in landfills and waterways, as they take around 1000 years to decompose.
The answer to this waste is a safety razor and ours are cleverly designed to be used anywhere on the face or body.
When they come to the end of their useful life, just remove the blade, wipe it off and put it in your metal recycling alongside your food cans.
Arriving in recyclable, eco-friendly card packaging, plastic-free and vegan, we believe this is a great sustainable option and would be a valuable addition to anyone's bathroom.
Wild & Stone's mission is to create stylish, easy to adopt and usable alternatives to common plastic products around the home. We source all our products sustainably, from raw material to final delivery. Shop our wide range today.