How To Make Valentine’s Day The Ultimate Eco-Friendly Date Night
The American tradition of Valentine’s Day is hardly associated with environmentalism and sustainable living. But with a few tweaks, we can turn this yearly event into the super eco-friendly date night it ought to be.
So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve listed all the amazing ways you can celebrate an eco-friendly date night. From outdoors and adventurous walks to vegan restaurants and conscious outfits, we have you covered.
Eco-friendly date night outfits
However much Valentine’s Day conjures up images of hyper-consumerism, a “new” outfit is hard to escape. But we can remove the equation mark between new and unsustainable. Below, we have selected a few eco-friendly date night brands so you can enter the night in a conscious outfit.
The Anna Mini Dress Copper is a classically elegant and timeless dress we can use on several occasions. Indeed, it is as perfect for Valentine’s Day as it is for your best friend’s wedding.
To beat the cold, you can throw on the Grace Waves Coat and look fabulously chic for the ultimate eco-friendly date night.
The Amelie Ruffle Neck Blouse from id is perfect for a winter date. For those of us who are little sensitive to the cold, this loose fit, burnt orange chiffon blouse provides a wardrobe winner that can be used again and again.
If turning heads is part of the plan, this double-breasted blazer dress belongs in your wardrobe. Ideal for Valentine fine dining, its black colour and classic cut means it will easily pass the #30wearchallenge.
Rent your eco-friendly date night outfit
Not all of us have the budget to buy an outfit for the night, even if it lasts for years. Luckily, lots of options to rent have entered the market.
The HURR Collective is one such service. This on-demand platform uses real-time ID verification, geo-tagging and AI-powered fashion stylists to empower its vast catalogue of stunning clothes. Cocoon caters to bag lovers and Front Row to those who have a weakness for shoes (don’t we all?).
Activities for an eco-friendly date night near London
What’s more romantic than observing the stars together? The Greenwich Observatory offers a treasure trove of fascinating information. Astronomical telescopes allow us to observe stars while the Queen’s House boasts impressive geometrical beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can plunge into Greenwich’s fascinating history and of course, enjoy the spectacular views from the hilltop.
A stroll through Richmond park
Spending your Valentine’s date night outdoors is a refreshing take on a night traditionally associated with hyper-consumerism. Richmond Park is a bustling park home where wildlife, joggers, cyclists and walkers create a lively environment. The stunning nature makes for the perfect evening stroll with lots of things to observe. If you are in for a sustainable date night dinner as well, eco-friendly eatery Oliveira Organic Vegetarian Kitchen is just nearby.
For photography enthusiasts, Windsor is quite the visual treat. The breathtaking castle and its green surroundings make for the perfect afternoon or early evening walk. Should you be fortunate enough to have the day off, The Savill Garden’s beautifully designed gardens and woodland offer an ideal part of the itinerary. Alternatively, the deer park is a breathtaking experience. For those interested in a sustainably vegan dinner, the nearby Wagamama has a dedicated menu.
To close the sustainable date loop, trains are running frequently from Paddington station. For a more private ride,
Where To Eat On Your Eco-Friendly Date Night
Farming currently accounts for 80% of tropical deforestation. Or put differently, every single minute the Amazon forest loses the equivalent of a football pitch. This means that what we eat makes a big difference.
As we try to make a change, special occasions such as Valentine’s Day should be no exception.
Vegan, vegetarian and organic restaurants are the perfect way to make eco-friendly date night. With 600,000 vegans in the UK, options are popping up everywhere.
Eco Restaurants in London
The Duke Of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge is an organic pub in Islington, London that serves delicious Modern British cuisine with Mediterranean influences. The food is made with the fresh seasonal and ethically grown ingredients sourced from local organic farmers and growers. Alongside the food, they serve a range of artisan ales and lagers, organic and natural wines, and spirits. All sourced according to strict sustainability criteria.
The Three Stags
Just off Waterloo Station, you will find ethical business, The Three Stags. Wherever possible, this public house and restaurant offers sustainable food options. Fish is line-caught from day boats. All the meat is sourced from free-range farms. Even their white rum uses local molasses that donate a percentage of profits to turtle conservation. To top it all off, The Three Stags keeps its very own beehives on the roof to produce some seriously high-quality honey.
Located in New York and Notting Hill, London, Farmacy uses ingredients that are organically and biodynamically prepared. This is the cornerstone of its conscious philosophy based on the concept of food as medicine with truly healing properties. Everything on the menu is plant-based and free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. All ingredients are either grown on Farmacy’s own farm or sourced from local, sustainable and environmentally conscious suppliers. The restaurant is a true supporter of local farming and champions biodynamic sustainability. Date night does not get more eco-friendly than this!
Road transportation is responsible for 21.6% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions. So how we get around makes a world of difference to the environment.
It may be a no-brainer and may already be part of your morning commute. But public transportation is often the quickest, most efficient alternative to a car. The double-decker bus is carpooling on a grand scale and saves our planet so much extra CO2 emission. Picking an eco-friendly date night in close vicinity to either a tube station or bus stop facilitates this.
While cycling is an excellent way to get to your eco-friendly date night spot, the activity in itself can be quite romantic. Beyond increased heartrates, cycling provides an ideal opportunity to explore new areas of the city you live in. Exploring new things together is an exceptional bonding exercise you may want to practise even after Valentine’s Day is over.
Like cycling, walking can be both the means of transportation and the very date itself. On so many levels, walking holds immense superpowers. The activity unlocks impressive creative and cognitive capabilities so we are likely to engage in a more profound conversation with our partner. Granted we find ourselves in the right area, the scenery can offer visual stimulation and new scents.
Date nights are to be cherished but not if they cost the environment. To implement eco-friendly date nights, there are several aspects where we can explore alternative options. The food we eat, the transport we use and the activities we engage in can help us be more green. In many ways, these add a great deal of romantic sparkle to an already magical evening. Green date night has never been more relevant. Happy dating!