February 16th, 2023

Pictured here are a love-filled sticker and a stunning ornament by Peterborough artist Brianna Gosselin, deliciously fragrant Rose + Vanilla soap by Swift Acres Apiary in Apsley, two beeswax candles from This Old Flame in Peterborough to brighten the mood, and a $25 gift card from GreenUP so you can continue to spread the love by supporting the not-for-profit environmental organization.

The Peterborough GreenUP Store and other local sustainable stores carry gifts to show your love no matter what day it is. Pictured here are a love-filled sticker and a stunning ornament by Peterborough artist Brianna Gosselin, deliciously fragrant Rose + Vanilla soap by Swift Acres Apiary in Apsley, two beeswax candles from This Old Flame in Peterborough to brighten the mood, and a $25 gift card from GreenUP so you can continue to spread the love by supporting the not-for-profit environmental organization. (Photo: Lili Paradi / GreenUP)

By: Eileen Kimmett, GreenUP Store & Resource Centre Coordinator

February is the month of LOVE. The whole month, even after Valentine’s Day, can be celebrated between couples, friends, families and even by yourself.

Retailers sell chocolates, cards, flowers, and stuffed animals to consumers who want to woo someone special. Many of us are not aware that products from this loved holiday are often produced in high quantities, may be made of toxic materials, and often end up in the landfill where they will leach harmful substances into the environment.

There’s no need to avoid the hearts and roses altogether. The best gifts are ones that come from the heart. Celebrate this month with GreenUP and be inspired about what you choose to gift!

If you’re not the type to handmake your gift, why not buy your loved one or yourself a gift that gives back to your community? You can support local businesses and artisans by purchasing handmade jewellery, soap, candles or cards. Each gift created by a local artisan comes with their personal touch, and oftentimes reduces the waste sent to the landfill after the holiday is over.

The GreenUP Store and Resource Center is a great one-stop shop for sustainable gifts. The day of love is right around the corner. If you are a last-minute shopper needing something for that special someone, check out our curated selection.

Locally sourced honey and maple syrup make a sweet gift! Swift Acres Apiary honey is the perfect treat for a loved one and located just north of Peterborough in Apsley. Red Mill Maple Syrup is from Millbrook, Ontario. Pour their maple syrup or honey over heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast or over Ice Cream for a sweet dessert after dinner.

Routine deodorant on the shelves in small glass bottles with pink, purple, or white packaging.

Treat yourself to products that are good for you and for the environment too by choosing natural deodorants like those from Routine. (Photo: Jessica Todd / GreenUP)

Bath and beauty products are a popular choice to pamper your love. Many of the makers carried in the GreenUP Store come in reusable, compostable, refillable or recyclable packaging. We offer bath salts, many handmade soaps, body butters, and a variety of Ontario-made natural beauty products by Sweet Flowering Wellness, BirchBabe, Purple Urchin, Hudson Soap Co., and more. Treat yourself to your own wellness day!

Dim the lights and spark those candles to save energy and increase romantic allure. Conventional candles are made with paraffin wax, which is a petroleum by-product. Choose soy or beeswax such as This Old Flame and Swift Acres Apiaryoptions that even use reusable mason jars or little plastic packaging. Based in Curve Lake, Indigenously Infused creates soy candles (vegan) using traditional plants important to the maker rather than using synthetic materials to create a scent.

Tie up your gift with a meaningful message. GreenUP carries cards that keep local makers and the environment in mind. Love cards created by Jeff Macklin are available at the GreenUP Store and showcase beautiful pop art.

All gifts aside, if you’re looking for another easy option to surprise your loved ones, get outside this month of love and enjoy nature by walking, rolling, hiking, tobogganing, skiing or skating. When you choose experiences over gifts, you will be making memories and avoiding more disposable clutter at home.

Stainless steel razor and brush hanging on a stainless steel stand. Shave toner and beard oil pictured in background.

Self-care kits like this razor and shaving brush can last a long time before having to be thrown out and sent to the landfill, unlike disposable plastic razors. (Photo: Jessica Todd / GreenUP)

Check out the many Peterborough trails on the City of Peterborough website and bring some hot cocoa (https://www.peterborough.ca/en/explore-and-play/trails.aspx) or visit Ecology Park beside Beavermead Park for sunset (https://www.greenup.on.ca/ecology-park/about/).

We encourage everyone to celebrate a green month of love in the best way you can, no matter if it’s a self-care day or a day spent with others. Visit our friendly staff at the GreenUP Store at 378 Aylmer Street North in downtown Peterborough, who can help you choose the perfect green gift or talk about purchase-free options! How’s that for romance?

Anita Clifford's colourful, flower photo cards in the GreenUP Store.

Anita Clifford is a local photographer who captures stunning photos of flowers turned into art on cards. (Photo: Jessica Todd / GreenUP)