Looking for eco-friendly ways to show love to your customers this Valentine’s Day? The true purpose of Valentine’s Day is to appreciate loved ones, but don’t forget to show love for the Earth too! Choose Valentine’s Giveaways that won’t harm or pollute the planet but also show your customers and clients how much you care about them.
History of Valentine’s Day
But first, to fully appreciate Valentine’s Day, let’s delve into its origins. The mid-February celebrations can actually be traced all of way back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which celebrated fertility, paired men off with women based on a lottery system. It wouldn’t be until the end of the 5th century when Christianity was in full-swing that Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. Naturally, Valentine was a popular name in the olden days, so nobody is quite sure just which acclaimed Valentine the day is named after.
One version of the legend claims that a priest named Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to a woman he had befriended and by some accounts, healed of her blindness. Thus came the birth of Valentine’s cards! The other commonly accepted origin story is that a priest named Valentine married couples in secret against the orders of the emperor. The marriages were done to spare husbands from having to go off to war leaving their loved ones. Either theory is quite lovely, and supports why St. Valentine’s Day is associated with love.
Custom Valentine’s Gifts & Giveaways
So, now that we’ve had a bit of history lesson, let’s fast forward to the present day. As you know, the environment isn’t in a great place right now. Between climate change and the ever-growing plastic waste affecting our land and ocean environments, it’s important for each of us to do everything in our power to be more eco-friendly, and reduce the use of single-use plastics.
The most popular Valentine’s Day product is the greetings card. Whilst most Valentine’s Day cards are paper rather than plastic, it still takes lots of energy and resources to create virgin paper or even to recycle paper. And if a paper card is decorated with glitter or metallics it’s less likely to be recyclable after use.
Check out our eco-friendly sustainable greeting cards (or alternatives) that are kinder to the Earth. All of our Valentine’s Giveaways can be custom-printed with any business branding and logo. Use them as giveaways to loyal customers, brand ambassadors, influencers or as a thank you to employees. Click on the links near the products to request a sample or a quote.
Growing Greetings Valentine’s Cards
There’s nothing quite like a proper Valentine’s card that is sent via snail mail. While paper cards tend to be unsustainable, our Growing Greetings cards have a little something extra that makes them especially eco-friendly, and fantastic for direct mail campaigns. Every card contains a package of seeds that can grow into edible microgreens that’s ready to eat in just 7-10 days!
The cards can be printed with any design of your choice, and feature a hemp mat for the seeds to sow. We use only organic seeds and recycled materials to make these unique, eco-friendly greeting cards. After all, what says “I love you” more than fresh microgreens?
Our heart-shaped Seedsticks® don’t just make the perfect Valentine’s greeting, but they double as a very long-lasting bouquet! Each Seedstick is embedded with a seed – just pop in soil and before long, flowers will start to grow. For an added love-themed touch, we recommend the use of our Nigella Love-In-A-Mist flower seeds. Ideal for Valentine’s campaigns – use as a giveaway for customers
We also strive for all of our printing to be as green as possible, making a more sustainable product for your giveaway. Not only are our printers certified to ISO14001 environmental standard, but they are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).
The Growbar has all the fun of giving a sweet Valentine’s chocolatey treat with none of the calories! Growbars are styled to look like chocolate bars and although not edible straight out of the box; many varieties include edible plants! Every Growbar contains a themed seed collection within fertile coir bars. The pictured Victorian Flowers Growbar makes the ideal Valentine’s giveaway. The bar just needs to be unwrapped, popped into a tray, and watered regularly. Within just 6-8 weeks, healthy seedlings will be growing and will be ready to plant in pots or in the garden.
The coolest part? The Growbar is 100% eco-friendly, as the coir is made with coconut fibres a sustainable alternative to peat. The film wrap is recyclable and made from sugar cane, which is 100% biodegradable. Even the card packaging is recyclable.
Infinity Rose Holder
Red Roses are traditionally given on Valentine’s Day flower and are one of the best-selling flowers every year. Roses symbolise love, but a traditional bouquet has a very short shelf-life. Unlike our Infinity Roses, which last up to three years! The perfect promotional product for Valentine’s Day, these are real roses that have been preserved with glycerine and dye.
Each preserved rose is presented in a custom-printed holder and flowers are available in five different colours -including traditional red! This unique floral gift will be remembered for long-time and help create a long-lasting connection between your customers and your brand.
Sourcing Sustainable Valentine’s Day Giveaways
No matter how you decide to show the love this Valentine’s Day, we urge you to try to do it in the most eco-friendly way possible. Our memorable and unique floral and plant gifts show that your brand cares about the planet whilst also acting as an effective Valentine’s Day giveaway that promotes your brand.
We could all certainly do with some love after the tough year we’ve all had! Get in touch today for samples and quotes. Our Valentine’s Day products can be created and delivered in just 1-3 weeks, so get in touch today to ensure delivery in time for Valentine’s Day 2021.