Here are five ways to follow the frog to our perfect Valentine’s Day:
1. Breakfast in bed – surprise your loved one by bringing them breakfast in bed. Make sure that the coffee, tea and juice has come from a Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farm. The little green frog on the packaging – such as a Happy Monkey smoothie or a packet of Yorkshire Tea – is your assurance that it was grown using methods that protect forests, soils and waterways on farms that provide decent wages, housing, education and health care to workers and their families.
2. Make your own card – by using the paper and card out of your recycling box you can make a unique card that not only will mean so much as it has the personal touch, it’s also free and has little impact on the environment. Just one idea to get those creative juices flowing is to cut out 100s of heart from cereal boxes, envelopes and whatever else is in your recycling, stick them all together to make a huge heart mosaic.
3. Say it with flowers - Nothing says “I love you” like a beautiful bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. Unfortunately, there’s nothing beautiful about conventional flower farming, which poisons soil and waterways and exposes workers to toxic pesticides. If you are giving flowers this Valentine’s Day then make sure they come from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, where farm workers, their families and the land are protected. Costco sells a range of beautiful flowers carrying the green frog seal. Find out more about where your Valentine’s Flowers come from on our Partner Zone at theguardian.com.
4. Go for a romantic stroll – wrap up warm, take your loved one by the hand and go for a walk in your local park or along the river, it’s free and environmentally friendly! Stop off at your local Costa Coffee and stare into each other’s eyes over a steaming cup of coffee. And if you look down into the cup, there’ll be a little green frog staring up at you.
5. Intimate night in - Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at home while saving carbon emissions and money. When selecting the perfect bottle of wine to complement your meal, choose one that has a cork stopper, particularly if it’s certified by the Rainforest Alliance to meet the environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mediterranean cork forests provide refuge for the Iberian lynx and other endangered species and support local farmers who sustainably harvest the cork bark without damaging the trees, leaving them standing for future generations.