It is estimated that $18.2 billion dollars will be spent on Valentine’s Day.
180 million cards will be purchased. Be sure to purchase a card made from post-consumer recycled product. These cards can then be saved for art projects or can be recycled along with the rest of your mixed paper.
36 million heart shaped boxes of candy will be given. Those heart shaped boxes are generally made of mixed materials which makes recycling not only difficult but expensive.
750,000,000 Hershey Kisses are made for Valentine’s Day. The aluminum foil packaging is 100% recyclable. Yay Hershey!
110 million roses will be sold. Cellophane wrappers around flower bouquets can be saved and reused as wrapping paper, gift bag stuffing or scrapbooking material.
$4 billion dollars will be spent on jewelry. My favorite piece of jewelry, other than my wedding ring, is the noodle necklace my son made in the 2nd grade. He’s 26 now and I still have that necklace in my jewelry box. My point is if you’re going to purchase jewelry, make sure it can stand the test of time. Even better - look for vintage and put reuse to use!
9 million proposals are estimated to be made on Valentine’s Day. Awww! That’s a lot of love and no way we want to reduce, reuse or recycle a marriage proposal!!! Let’s leave this one alone!
May love find you today and every day.