The Language of Love
According to the book The Five Love Languages, everyone prefers one of these ways of expressing love: quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service or receiving gifts. But despite the $27 billion Valentine's Day industry pushing us to shower loved ones with teddy bears, flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, receiving gifts is actually the least common love language — meaning this holiday consumerism is wasteful and unnecessary.
In an article for The New Republic, the Center's Population and Sustainability Organizer Sarah Baillie discusses how expressing love with gifts has become a problem for relationships and the environment, and how people can rethink gift-giving for future holidays.
Here's one thing you can do: Even though Valentine's Day is over, there are plenty of meaningful, eco-friendly ways you can show your loved ones you care throughout the year.