Eco-Friendly Date Ideas For Sustainable Sweethearts

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no doubt that love is in the air. It’s the season to show some love–not just to our significant others, but also to Mother Nature!

We’ve come up with some ‘Mother Nature-approved’ date ideas for February 14th.

Sustainable Valentine’s Day date ideas are those that allow you to savor experiences and spend quality time with the person you care about, whilst keeping the planet in mind. Consider these 5 romantic ideas as you enjoy the first flush of a new love, rekindle the flame, or celebrate a long-lasting connection:

Going For A Hike/ Bike Ride:

Put on your shoes or grab your bicycle and go exploring together, whether it’s in your own town or in the surrounding countryside. Walk or ride side by side (where possible) and enjoy the gifts of the great outdoors while chatting and laughing.

For all our London city dwellers this may be tricky but there are steady options available. Nature reserves are the best to explore meadows, wetlands, ancient woodlands, moorland and heathlands. There are 33 nature reserves to discover in London, some best loved include Gunnersbury Triangle, Walthamstow Wetlands and Camley Street Natural Park.

Even if it’s cold where you live, going on a scenic walk/cycle this Valentine’s Day is a great way to unplug and unwind. In any case, you’re sure to have a good time because you’re in the very best company.

Eco-Friendly Picnic’s:

If you did go for that walk or bicycle ride, what better than a picnic. Maximize the romance factor by stopping for a pre-planned meal; think vegan cheeses and organic fruits served on reusable plates and cutlery. If you decide on a romantic picnic, you could bring along some homemade sweet treats like these Valentine’s Cupcakes or hide handwritten love notes in food packages or containers.

Staying in? No worries an indoor picnic is as good as it gets. Prepare everything as if you were going to a starlit dinner in the park, lay some blankets on the floor, get the drinks out of the fridge, watch a movie or documentary, and you’re ready to go.

If homemade meals aren’t up your alley, browse our selection of Vegan Friendly Romantic Restaurants in London.

Museum Dates:

Do you and your partner have a common interest, such as modern art, history, or sciences? If so, a trip to an art gallery or museum may be the perfect zero waste date for you!

Explore a gallery or museums together on foot and take in all the fascinating facts and figures or simply enjoy the art installations. I’m sure you’ll notice things that your partner didn’t, and vice versa.

Opening on the 12th February (just in time for Valentine’s), is the Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature Exhibition, a “family friendly exhibition which takes visitors on a journey to discover Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist, exploring the places and animals that inspired her most beloved characters. In collaboration with the National Trust.”

Our Broken Planet Display is being shown at the Natural History Museum, which is a “free, ever-changing exhibition investigating how humans have altered the natural world.” The display reveals the consequences of our actions and examines some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists.

Or maybe you and your significant other are into art and photography? Explore the Photography & Environment Gallery at Tate Modern. The display “shows and helps us imagine how global capitalism affects the planet and its inhabitants.” Various photographers and artists have responded in different ways.

Improving Your Local Town:

Litter picking may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning a romantic date, but as a task you complete together, it can be quite enjoyable and extremely rewarding.

Spend your quality time together making a positive impact for both the earth and your community by going around your local neighbourhood with a large bag and gardening gloves. Helping clean up your area and preserving the environment we all hold so dearly.

If you’d rather litter pick as part of a larger group, there are plenty of groups to join online. Keep Britain Tidy has an easy-to-use search function that will help you find a local litter-picking group to join.

Thrifting Date:

If you’re a couple who likes to shop together then consider a thrifting date as a fun alternative to gift giving this Valentine’s. This could either be surprising each other with second hand presents or really considering things you want and need then going out to explore flea markets, charity shops and vintage stores to see what you can find.

If you just moved in together, you could also purchase furniture for your new shared home. You’d be surprised what items you could find in charity stores from Le Creuset pots and pans to furniture that dates back to the early 1900’s.

Discovering a hidden gem together that you or your partner can treasure for a lifetime is a charming way to make memories whilst keeping sustainability in mind. Our top picks of vintage stores that are definitely worth a visit include:

Beyond Retro, Atika, Reign Vintage, Annie’s Vintage Clothes, Pennies Vintage and Paper Dress Vintage.

At Wearth, we prioritise second hand buys with our fashion department slogan of ‘second only to second hand.’ However, we understand that you can’t always find a preloved version of everything and when you need to shop elsewhere we’re here with a wide variety of sustainable brands and products who put the planet first.

If you’re still looking for a unique and long-lasting present for your loved one then check out our Sustainable Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.