Classic Valentine’s Day plans may require some adjustments due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While getting COVID creative, show the planet and local businesses some love, too, this February 14. Valentine’s cards with glitter, bouquets with plastic ornaments, and boxes of candy all shiny with metallic foil can quickly turn it into another high-waste holiday. These tips, tricks, and hacks from the crew at Emmet County Recycling help keep it green while creating memorable experiences.
Several local florists compost scraps from their flowers and greenery with the Emmet County food scraps composting program: buy from Monarch Floral or Sky’s the Limit in Petoskey, or A.R. Pontius in Harbor Springs and thank them for composting. They will also be happy to work with a customer’s reused vase. Skip the plastic add-ons and, when it is spent, the bouquet can be composted at home or at the Pleasantview Road Drop-off Center.
Choose cards by local artists at Northgoods or Somebody’s Gallery. Cards that are free of glitter and metallic foils can be recycled. If the card is a particular hit, reuse it by framing it for some petite wall art. A unique and very special local option is a Fairy Gram crafted