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Going Green: Valentine's Day

Adventurer B

LUV is always in the air at Southwest!   Though the traditional colors of Valentine’s Day are red and pink, I propose we add a little green this year.  American Greetings Corporation has compiled some interesting statistics around this “holiday.”  Did you know:

  • Around a billion valentines are sent each year globally, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas.
  • 25 percent of all seasonal cards annually are valentines.
  • Over 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year.
  • Valentine’s Day is the top holiday for fresh flower purchases, with red roses being most popular.
  • Ten percent of engagements happen on Valentine’s Day.


So, how can you add a little green to your red and pink?

  • Thrift stores and second-hand shops have beautiful antique jewelry, which is a unique and thoughtful gift.
  • Look for cards made from recycled paper.
  • Take a little extra time and look for organic or fair trade chocolates.
  • Buy local—prepare a romantic dinner made from locally grown foods.


Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day, and make sure the ones you love know it!  Let us know how you plan on adding a little green to your red and pink by posting your comments below.  DING!  You are now free to be Green!