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5 carbon-footprint-free activities to enjoy on a date

October 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured Posts, Grown Ups, Things To Do

There are lots of ways to make your dating experiences more eco-friendly. Whether you’re starting up a new relationship and want to see if your date shares your environmental concerns, or you have been with your partner a while and want to start helping your community, green dates are a fun way to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are five carbon-footprint-free activities to enjoy on a date.

Spend time with Mother Nature

A simple way to reduce your carbon footprint is to say goodbye to modern technology for a day and have fun outdoors instead. Burn off some calories and boost your endorphins by taking a bike ride or going on a hike with your date. Or, if you want a more relaxed trip, take a leisurely stroll along the beach or enjoy a scenic woodland walk.

If you live in an urban area it can be hard to find places to immerse yourself in nature. Search for picturesque parks or botanical gardens nearby. Alternatively, have a look and see if you live near any National Trust sites. Spend a day feeling inspired by historic houses and beautiful gardens.

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 Spend time in the garden

 A fun way to get closer to your date is to plan and nurture a garden together. Cultivate your own fruit and vegetable patch and then think up yummy meals you can cook together when your crops are grown.

You could create a lasting symbol of your relationship by planting a tree that you can watch grow together over the years. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, make room for an indoor herb garden. Some easy starters if it’s your first time growing are mint, rosemary and thyme.

Support local produce

Pick a restaurant for your date that supports local agriculture. If you’re near a farm then show your support by spending a day visiting and stocking up on goods from their shop.  If the weather’s nice, you could use your organic treats to prepare a picnic and spend the day relaxing in scenic greenery.

Or, if you’re planning a stay-at-home dinner date, head to a farmer’s market to get your ingredients and spend time with your partner creating a delicious organic meal.

Buy your date an eco-friendly gift

If you’re thinking of buying your date a gift, why not look for an eco-friendly one? From natural coconut bowls to water-powered alarm clocks and handmade patchwork bags, there are plenty of fun gifts out there which are carbon-footprint-free.

If you want to show off your caring side then opt for a charity gift. You can save a tree in your partner’s name, give the gift of a sustainable garden to a family in Africa or provide solar-powered energy to drought-ridden countries.

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Spend a day giving back

A great way to share your caring spirit with your date is to spend time giving back to your community. Help vulnerable people by serving up hot meals at a soup kitchen or by entertaining at a local retirement home.

If you want to help the environment, look out for local projects that are trying to improve your community. You could volunteer to help clean a nearby beach or tend to your local park. Spending a day doing something worthwhile will bring you and your partner closer, and will help you establish whether you share the same values.

If you care about your environment and are still looking for a partner who shares your eco-concerns, online dating sites can help you connect with singles who share your passions, values and morals. Sites like eHarmony match singles in Oxford, London and all over the UK, so you’ll be able to find someone who shares your interest in helping out your local community.

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