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Green Valentine's Day

By: Lacy Boggs
Examiner.com

Valentine's day doesn't have to mean high fructose corn syrup-laden sweets and pesticide coated roses. There are green options for every aspect of this love-filled holiday, you just have to know where to look.

Flowers

Local: Cherry Blossoms Florist is the first full-service florist in Denver to offer organic and sustainably grown choices. Check out their site for some unique and beautiful bouquets for your unique and beautiful love.

Online: Organic Bouquet offers all the traditional Valentine's Day flowers sans pesticides and sustainably grown.

Sweets

Local: Lovely Confections Bakery on the southwest corner of Colfax and Steele offers artisan cupcakes made from local, organic products. They have several Valentine's Day specials going, so hurry up and place your order.

Online: O Magazine chose Global Exchange as one of their picks for eco-friendly Valentine's chocolate. Lots of fair-trade, organic, love-themed gifts to choose from.

Gifts

Local: Did you know you could be online and local at the same time? Check out Etsy's "shop local" search and find just the thing for your sweetheart from someone just around the corner.

Online: Website Delight.com has a great round up of many eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list, including the My Heart Bleeds Green Valentine gift set, or the poetically beautiful handcrafted Mobius ring.

Out and About

Still need some ideas for this special day? Denver.org has suggestions for things to do and places to go, including eco-friendlier options like a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. And when it comes time for that special evening meal, make reservations at any of Denver's restaurants serving fine organic cuisine.

Got more ideas for turning this pink and red holiday a little greener? Let us know about them in the comments.



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