As if you could escape the knowledge, Valentine's Day is on Monday. This means that plenty of lovey dovey celebrating will be going on this weekend. Candlelit dinners, shared chocolates, big, big bouquets--all the stuff that people in love just love, and those who are single love to loathe.
If you are lucky enough to have a sweetheart in your life, and are planning on treating him or her to traditional gestures, please know that when you do it the right way, you can help aid those in extreme poverty worldwide. Yep. It' s true.
What can be more romantic than a bouquet of beautiful red roses for that special person in your life? Thankfully you can make sure that the flowers you buy also bring joy to more than just your loved one.
One of the best ways is to look for flowers with the Fairtrade Mark. Fairtrade offers you a powerful way to reduce poverty through your every day shopping. It provides a better deal and improved terms of trade for producers, which in turn allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.
If you live in the UK you can also order flowers with ONE’s sister organisation (RED). (RED) has so far generated over $160 million for the Global Fund to help eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. All arrangements from Flowe(RED) are composed of ethically-sourced flowers and profits go to helping those living with HIV in Africa so that they can continue caring for their families and contribute socially and economically to their communities. The bouquets are stunning too!
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