When most people think of Valentine's Day – chocolate, jewelry, and flowers come to mind. In a way, these gifts have become a holiday tradition. However, this tradition of love-themed consumerism has led to a lot of unnecessary waste over the years.

Take cards, for instance, over 145 million cards are bought on Valentine's Day. Just imagine how many of those end up in our landfills. It's also estimated that 224 million roses are grown each year for the holiday, roses that will only end up being thrown out days later.

Luckily, there are ways to show your love that is environmentally beneficial yet still traditional. Here's a look at three eco-friendly Valentine's Day gift ideas that'll be sure to put a smile on your loved one's face.

1. Fair Trade Chocolate and Jewelry 

Chocolate and jewelry are the way to many people's hearts but buy Fair Trade and you're doing them one better. When we choose to buy Fair Trade, we are essentially supporting the ethical treatment of the laborers around the world who are making the products we eat and wear. Not only does this include fair pay, it also ensures workers have safe and environmentally friendly working conditions.

Just make sure the Fair Trade chocolate or jewelry you buy is wrapped in eco-friendly packaging. No plastic!

2. Reusable Wine Totes and Eco-Certified Wine

We already know that eco-friendly wine tastes better, so why not impress your valentine with an organic wine that tastes great and was made using eco-friendly practices. All you need is a reusable wine tote to go with it and you are all set.

3. Living Houseplants 

Flowers are beautiful, there's no denying that, but they are also a waste (literally). A dozen roses or a bouquet of flowers will cost you a pretty penny. Living houseplants or flowering plants, on the other hand, are a more eco-friendly option that will not only last longer but cost less.

With these eco-friendly Valentine gift ideas, you'll be sure to impress your sweetheart while simultaneously doing your part to help save the planet.

Do you have any eco-friendly Valentine's Day gift ideas for the earth-loving valentine in your life? If so, let us know in the comments below.