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Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Tips to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Respect related to Valentine's Day.

Reduce: Let love Blossom... The average cut flower travels over 1,500 miles in its limited lifetime. Help reduce the amount of pollution created from transportation by purchasing flowers from your local farmer’s market or even collecting them from your own back yard. If you can choose, buy organic and remember that a potted plant always lasts longer than a cut flower. More information.

Reuse: Love Astrology... What love mysteries lurk around the corner in the upcoming year? Reuse old containers to present your Valentine with some romantic love fortune cookies of your own. Don’t have any containers lying around? Present the fortunes in a reusable container that can be reused to store kitchen or school appliances.

Recycle: Avoid giving a gift that needs to be wrapped (if you can't, be sure to recycle the wrapping paper!). Sponsor your loved one’s favorite animal by giving the gift of adoption. Visit the World Wildlife Federation, and see many species to adopt such as pandas, toucans, or wombats.

Respect: Show respect for the women around you. One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States. Help change those figures by supporting your local shelter for families suffering from domestic violence, like nearby HomeSafe, a program affiliated with Next Door: Solutions to Domestic Violence.

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