Newry Council: ‘Be green this Valentines Day’

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Community

Newry & Mourne Council is urging people to consider the environment when buying gifts for Valentines Day this year. The Council has offered advice on how to stay green by recycling cards, composting flowers and buying Fairtrade gifts.

Mayor Charlie Casey said, “Small steps such as recycling your cards and composting your flowers can make all the difference. Also buying Fairtrade gifts can help, by ensuring people in third world countries, get a fair deal for producing many products we buy, such as chocolate, flowers or wine.”

Promoting the idea of an environmentally friendly day, the Council said, “If Valentines Day is an important day for you or the one you love; then you can also show a bit of extra love for the environment by carefully considering what you buy. Choose a gift made of recycled material? The website www.recycledproducts.org.uk has got thousands of products such as bags, jewellery or clothes. Buy organic or locally grown flowers; give a gift certificate for therapies, e.g. massage or a health spa.”

“Arrange dinner at a local restaurant specialising in organic or locally grown food (eating locally cuts down on food miles). Or perhaps make dinner yourself using locally grown ingredients, accompanied by a nice organic wine. Set the mood with earth-friendly candles. The effort you put in will be sure to impress!”


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