Green Up Your Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has been around for hundreds of years, but we haven’t always celebrated it the way we do today.  The first valentines were given in the nineteenth century, and commercial marketing and production are responsible for the mass produced, very consumer oriented holiday we now have.  Here are a few facts about how much Valentine’s Day consumes each year.

Around the world, people send about a billion valentines every year.  That’s almost as many cards as are sent during Christmas.  A quarter of all the seasonal cards sent each year are for Valentine’s Day, and every year we go through more than thirty-six million boxes of chocolate shaped like heart.  Add to that the demand for fresh flowers, particularly out of season roses, and the fact that over sixty percent of the population buys commercial valentines, and you’ll soon see a major environmental impact.