Feeling frisky for a spring fling? Plan a green date and show your partner you care about them and the Earth.
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.
TIP: 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.
TIP: 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.
FACT: The United Nations has predicted that the world's population will reach 8.9 billion people by 2050.