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Have a green and happy Valentine's Day

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Have a green and happy Valentine's Day

[caption id="attachment_460" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Valentine's Day: I could take it or leave it, but pass me the chocolate!"] I could take it or leave it, but pass me the chocolate![/caption] Well, Valentine's Day is here and love is in the air - or in the window of your local drug store. Let's face it, you either love the day, or hate it. But chances are, you reap the benefits of the mass amount of in-your-face chocolate and candy. Personally, my favourite day is February 15, when I head to a store and clear out the 50 per cent off bin – it's filled with Valentines Day themed chocolate. Though I'm usually woozy with delight at the thought of eating chocolate, I try to keep in mind that what we buy affects the environment. When buying chocolate, I try to ensure that the package states that my bar is Fair Trade Certified, which means that cocoa farmers receive fair prices for their goods. I also look out for the words Certified Organic, meaning the cocoa I'm about to consume was grown without using pesticides and fertilizers. I read in National Geographic's Green Guide that we should also be looking for the words "Rainforest Alliance Certified" on our chocolate products, meaning that the cocoa plants were grown in a shade, which allows for wildlife habitat to remain protected and preserved. Some reputable chocolate brands: Green & Black's - is apparently the world's first organic brand. They are also proponents of ethical trading. Cocoa Camino - great (a.k.a. delicious!) Fair Trade Certified and organic certified chocolate products. Organic Fair - It pretty much says it all in the title. I also recently read about LPK's Culinary Groove, a green, organic organic and fair trade pastry and chocolate shop in Toronto. Need more ideas for ways to go green this Valentine's Day? • Find out why you should buy organic rosesShopping with a conscience Do you enjoy Valentine's Day? How do you celebrate it? Will you go green this V-day?
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