You might consider me to be extreme- or maybe you actually are even more passionate about the environment than I am. Being kind to the World is my highest priority, it consumes me. I actually have a really hard time justifying anything that is not environmentally friendly. Of course, this is difficult when I have to consider others wants and needs- think birthdays and other celebrations. I definitely feel heard and accepted by family and friends, but I respect that they are not necessarily as intense as I am. That being said I still put my values above other people.
I will not compromise my values for someone else’s comfort or needs. I am authentic to myself.
I used to be an avid shopper- I loved browsing stores on my day’s off and going out with friends. I bought many things I never REALLY needed- all things I just wanted. At this point, I have plenty! I don’t use half the things I have; I’d bet you don’t either. That being said I realized during my ‘Reduce’ (and Reuse) phase that all I really need to buy is: groceries and gas. I have limited my spending by so much!
But what do I do for birthdays and holidays?
Do I just neglect my values and give in to societal pressures? No.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there are going to be plenty of unnecessary, not environmentally friendly, gifts surrounding us. And with social media, it’s becoming a competition to show that you’re loved.
gift giving while reducing waste.
When it comes to gift-giving I prefer to give experiences over things. For example: for my mom’s birthday I took her to a pottery class. She is a true artist- she loves to draw, paint, calligraphy… everything. So, I thought of something she can’t just do over the weekend at home but that she would enjoy; Pottery (on a wheel). I looked up nearby classes… then requirements (2 visits 3 weeks apart), I thought it would be fun to do together, obviously… but it got pricey. Ugh… but I KNEW it was the perfect idea. Then I figured I would look on Groupon- SCORE. I happily paid for 4 classes- 2 for each of us so we could make our own pottery to include glazing. Then I checked with her to make sure it worked with her schedule and we’ve already attended the first class! We will return in a few weeks to glaze.
For Valentine’s Day I will compile a list of alternative ideas for different types of people- I’ll also include physical gifts that are both thoughtful and environmentally friendly! Some things are simple- a plant instead of a bouquet… as in a beautiful orchid instead of a dozen roses/tulips.
Send me a message if you need more ideas- I am happy to find options for all types of people. Click here to find my ‘more sustainable’ gift guide, as well as idea for each love language.
Stay true to yourself;
your values come before all else-
no matter the celebration.