Feeling frisky for a spring fling? Plan a green date and show your partner you care about them and the Earth.
You will need
- Natural fiber clothes
- Potted plant
- Vegan meal
- Shower (optional)
- Bike (optional)
Step 1 Go au naturel Dress for your date in natural fiber clothes that are manufactured and sold locally, which means less energy spent on production and shipping. Don’t wear leather or furs – the resulting wastewater from tanning hides contains considerable toxins.
If you wash before your date, take a shower – baths require about 50 extra gallons of water.
Step 2 Get there in style Use your own power to travel to your date. If you can’t walk or take a bike to reach them, use public transportation, which shows your commitment to greening the planet.
Step 3 Bring something Give your date a green gift. Choose potted plants over cut flowers – the former help reduce household levels of volatile organic compounds, while the latter often require considerable energy to grow out of season and transport to your area.
Step 4 Visit the garden of delights Cook a vegan dinner for your date – raising animals for food taxes natural resources. Use vegetables that are in season, grains, and legumes grown as locally as possible, and avoid processed foods, which require extraneous packaging.
Forget the candlelight – most candles are petroleum-based. Eat by the light of a compact fluorescent bulb instead.
Step 5 Keep it green After dinner, find a green activity. A moonlit experience outdoors can show your sensitive side and give you a chance to get close without staring at an energy-sucking screen.
Step 6 Wrap it up If going green puts you in the mood, use contraception. Not only will you be combating overpopulation – a leading environmental threat – but it may even get you a second date.
The United Nations has predicted that the world’s population will reach 8.9 billion people by 2050.