The best way to say I love you on his birthday is to get creative with these eco-friendly (green) expressions of love. Even if your boyfriend isn’t green, he’ll appreciate the unique-ness of these birthday gift ideas!
Revive the romantic with soy candles and organic lingerie
Let’s face it – most guys love sex. The best way to say I love you on his birthday is with healthy sex. Avoid regular wax candles, which are made from petroleum that, when burned, unleashes the equivalent of diesel exhaust. Natural soy or beeswax candles set the mood without polluting the air. Light the fire with bamboo lingerie, hemp camisoles, and stylish organic cotton underwear – now sexier than ever! What’s more romantic on his birthday than soft silks and satins?
Treat your boyfriend to a birthday dinner at a classy (not grassy) green restaurant
Some eco-friendly restaurants boast cloth napkins, low-flush toilets, and energy-efficient lighting – but even better are their regional, seasonal, and sustainable gourmet meals. Google “eco-friendly restaurants” to find one near you – or experiment with vegan or vegetarian fare at home. Since most meat production isn’t environmentally friendly, stick with meat-free recipes. Getting healthy is a very caring way to say I love you on his birthday, and it can be creative if done right!
If he likes toys – which my husband does – say I love you with a fun, creative birthday gift like a Robotic Arm Robot Kit. It’s a very popular gift for men on Amazon, and I suspect most men would love to fool around with it! A few years ago I bought my husband a toy helicopter for his birthday, and he’s still talking about how much he loves it. Robotic arms and toy helicopters aren’t green ways to say I love you on his birthday, but they’re fun!
Write a love poem on biodegradable seed paper
Paper is the most common form of waste and accounts for almost 35% of landfill garbage. A lovely birthday gift idea is to say “I love you” with a seed-embedded card that, when planted in soil, grows wildflowers. More tree-free alternatives include hemp, bamboo, banana stalk and sugarcane paper.
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Say I love you on his birthday in the bathtub
Give him a basket of eco-friendly bath salts, creams and fragrances. Bathing can be nontoxic, cruelty-free, sustainable, natural for lovers, and even green (if done occasionally). For an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day, use concentrated bath salts because they last longer and use less packaging. Try edible massage oils, shea body butter, or sandalwood fragrances from Lush Cosmetics or The Body Shop.
A Just For Men Relaxing Spa Gift Basket is a creative way to show your love on his birthday – especially if you set up the spa and treat him to a massage.
Toast his birthday with organic wine, beer or liquor
Organic grapes produce wine made with minimal sulfites and processing — a healthy way to say I love you on his birthday! Biodynamic wines come from agriculture that maintains biodiversity through nature’s cyclical rhythms, crop rotation and homeopathic sprays. For a healthy brew, swill organic potato or hemp beer – or go hard with organic vodka martinis.
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Sip organic champagne from recycled glass goblets
“Real” champagne is sparkling wine (sometimes organic) from the Champagne region in France. To reduce transportation pollution, celebrate his birthday with a local favourite such as sparkling organic apple cider. Add a set of funky recycled wineglasses or goblets to your bottle of champagne.
Say I love you on his birthday with conflict-free Canadian diamonds (and a proposal?)
“Canadian mining standards are higher than most countries’,” says diamond geologist Bruce Kienlen (my husband!). “Diamond mines in Canada’s North offer huge economic benefits for aboriginals.” Some jewelers, such as Brilliant Earth, donate profits to underdeveloped communities, shield eco-systems, and treat indigenous peoples fairly.
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Explore vintage shops for chic recycled jewelry
If your boyfriend is into jewelry, get creative and vintage! When improperly obtained, new jewelry can damage land, impact ecosystems, and harm miners. Say “I love you” with antique sapphires, emeralds and rubies from vintage stores – or ask elderly family members if they’d willing to recycle their classic treasures.
What do you think of these eco-friendly ways to say I love you on his birthday – do you have any tips to add?