Can you believe that Valentine's Day is less than a month off? We spend upwards of $15 billion on Valentine's Day gifts and getaways. Imagine the impact we could make if we channeled some of that money to independent artisans who use eco-friendly materials instead of blowing it at the big box store?
As a former Etsy seller, I can tell you that when you make a living from selling your crafts, there's nothing like seeing those new transaction emails in your inbox. It means that you can keep the lights on, and every sale takes a bit of the stress out of making ends meet. Not only do you get to bring a bit of joy to a crafter when you shop handmade for Valentine's Day, but if you choose goods from eco-friendly crafters, you do your bit for the planet, too!
On the hunt for just the right Valentine's Day gift for your sweetie? We've got a few romantic finds from Etsy that should do the trick.
This handmade lingerie set from Conscious Clothing is as cute as it is eco-friendly! She creates each set custom from a soy and organic cotton jersey blend fabric with sweet lace details. Choose the color you like, and she'll whip you up a custom set. It says it takes 3-4 weeks to deliver, so best to order now!
Keep your sweetie warm and cozy with a beautiful infinity scarf. Infinity scarves are super hip right now, and this one from Econica just screams romance to me. Way better than a dozen roses!
This customizable ring from One Loom Studio is another one that you should order now, if you want it in time for Valentine's Day. You can get this sweet faux bois ring engraved with any sweet message you like, but it does take 2-3 weeks to get to you. Instead of new materials, she uses a silver clay, which is made out of recycled silver and "organic binders." When she fires the sculpted ring, the binder cook away leaving a metal piece, like any other piece of jewelry.