London, Feb 3: Paint the otherwise red cupid ''green''this Valentine's Day if you really love your better half, environment campaigners have urged. Signs of being a good lover are not gifting an extravagant bouquet of roses or an exquisitely packaged box of chocolates to your significant other but by avoiding waste and pollution, the Waste Awareness Wales campaigners said.
The traditional tokens of affection exchanged on February 14 should be ditched because they damaged the planet. Instead, couples should be striving to ''enjoy a greener romance'', the Daily Mail quoted them as saying. The campigners are promoting e-cards to reduce the waste caused by the 13 million Valentine's cards bought in Britain each year. Couples are also being urged to make their own cards from left-over wrapping paper.
Other advice includes gifting potted plants instead of a bunch of cut ones. Those who insist on buying chocolates are urged to buy ones with the least packaging.
People wishing to cook a ''romantic meal'' are advised to check the quantities of food required for their recipe so they do not waste food by making too much.