By Kara DiCamillo on February 07, 2013

Find the perfect eco-friendly gift for your Valentine this year.

Mary Meyer's recycled PET teddy bear

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day makes us slightly cringe. While love is in the air, it is hard to see past the loads of cheap, wasteful gifts packaged in plastic that are on the shelves of every retailer large and small. And, while it might be convenient to pick something up during your next trip to the pharmacy, the truth is all of that waste eventually needs to go somewhere.

Fill your day with a greener love instead by choosing gifts that says you are devoted to both your sweetheart and the environment. There is still time to order online, and we have found some pretty cool Valentine’s Day ideas for your loved one. Made from recycled materials like skateboards, magazines and plastic bottles, we know these gifts will surely be saved and appreciated.

Mary Meyer’s ‘Fuzz That Wuzz’

Why we like them: What were once plastic bottles are now stuffed animals. Each of the animals in the “Fuzz That Wuzz” line is made from 100% recycled plastic PET bottles. Mr. Pawzzz Bear (above) keeps 10 bottles out of the landfill himself!

Cost: About $17

Available at: Amazon

MLB Baseball Stitches Cuff Links

MLB recycled stitches cufflinks

Why we like them: For baseball fans, these cuff links are a homerun. They are made from authentic game-used MLB baseballs, complete with wear and tear. What’s even cooler is that he can look up game the ball was used in.

Cost: About $170

recycled paper honeycomb vase

Available at: Red Envelope

Recycled paper honeycomb vase

Why we like it: Now that you have purchased the flowers, you certainly need the perfect vase so she can show them off. The surface of this one is covered in tiny coils of reclaimed paper that vary in color and texture.

Cost: $52

Available at: Uncommon Goods

Tiny heart necklace

Tiny Heart recycled necklace

Why we like it: Perfect as an everyday piece, she will love this necklace because of its simplicity and the recycled metals. It is handcrafted in San Francisco by Kris Nations.

Cost: $42

Simple Living recycled frames

Available at: BTC Elements

Simple Living’s recycled wood picture frames

Why we like them: Smile at memories of times spent together by displaying them in a piece of history. These picture frames are handmade from wood that has been recycled from old homes, barns, boats and buildings.

Cost: $12 to $89

Available at: Simple Living Style

Grove recycled skateboard iPhone caseGSkateBack iPhone case

Why we like it: Crafted in Oregon, the SkateBack features 100% post-industrial skateboard material and is available in three different color patterns.

Cost: $39

Available at: Grove

About the author

In her Newport, RI, community, Kara is the organizer of Green Drinks Newport and a member of Newport's Energy & Environment Commission. Kara volunteers at Norman Bird Sanctuary, and has also volunteered as a panelist for Rhode Island Farmways, speaking to farmers from around the state about how they can better market and promote their businesses.

Beyond the moat that surrounds her island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count, is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and, in real life, she is a public relations director. Kara began her writing career with in January 2005 and is currently a contributing writer for TriplePundit, Ecorazzi, EcoSalon and her local Newport Patch.

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