Top 4 Romantic Dates for Eco Lovers

Posted May 25th, 2013 by admin. Comments (3).

If you’ve been pursuing the object of your desire for what seems like an eternity and they’ve finally agreed to that first date, a fancy dinner or out-of-town trip just won’t ‘cut it’ if you’re date is an eco guy or girl. When it comes to impressing them, it’s all about the open air, positive energy and doing your share for the environment while you’re having a good time. We hope you find inspiration from our list of ideas for the perfect date in the great outdoors.
1 Share a forest bath.
It’s actually a lot more innocent than it sounds! Forest baths, or Shinrin-yoku, are a popular practice in Japan, boasting scientifically proven health benefits. It all seems quite simple, yet the effects are quite profound. Just walk slowly through a forest with your loved one and make sure to embrace its effects on each of your five senses.
First comes the sense of vision. Did you know that just looking at a picture of people walking through a forest promotes a sense of calm and elation all at once? Furthermore, walking through a forest with a minimum 45 per cent wood content has been scientifically proven to lower the heart rate and blood pressure. Next comes the sense of smell; merely taking in the crisp scent of the woods imparts a host of physiological benefits, including the quelling of anxiety and depression, a decrease in the heart and breathing rates, a reduction in pre-frontal activity in the brain and the more efficient working of the mind. In terms of sound, aim to get up close to a forest stream, whose flowing waters lower the blood pressure and the intensity of brain activity, leading to a relaxed state. Finally, the touch of trees is healing, as is the taste of fresh, edible flowers (which are also the latest buzzword among keen gourmets the world over). After the close-to-spiritual experience, have a bit of fun with a game of fetch or Frisbee – naturally, make sure the Frisbee is made of recyclable plastic!
2 Have a picnic in the great outdoors.
Fill up a natural bamboo and wood basket or bamboo picnic bag with the kind of gourmet treats you think will drive your loved one crazy: a bowl of hummus; crisp, fresh veggies for dipping; or a bag of organic veggie crisps. If it’s a beach picnic lay out a fluffy towel made of bamboo on the sand to rest on together and take plenty of entertainment along, including pails for sand castle building, or a high-flying Zing Ring, guaranteed to set your heart racing more than it probably already is! They say that one of the top secrets of all successful couples is their ability to laugh together, so these games will go a long way towards a bit of amicable bonding.
3 Give Life: Plant a Tree.
Transition towns are taking over the world. Touted as the answer to ‘Peak oil’ (the moment when the world’s fuel resources run out), they involve local communities getting together to discover and implement solutions to the world’s diminishing resources. They also offer a fun way to spend an afternoon giving something back to Nature, with activities like tree planting high on the agenda. Those who regularly take part in these activities report an immense surge of energy and a lovely feeling of satisfaction afterwards. Use a sling or tote bag made with recyclable material to carry your seeds and gardening tools, and show your date how trendy sustainable fabrics can be.
4 An al fresco dinner for two at home.
They say the way to a lover’s heart is through their stomach but bear in mind that many environmentalists are also vegetarians so you will have to hone your skills in preparing delicious vegetable-based dishes. Naturally, your cooking method will have to be environmentally friendly as well. Keep your carbon footprint at the lower end of the spectrum by whipping up a meal in a green gas kitchen, powered with renewable gas sources like biogas. Impress your date with exciting dishes like vegetarian pizza (make sure to make your own base), vegetarian couscous or a cheese-topped stuffed eggplant. To accompany your meal, pop the cork off a bottle of organic wine and make sure to set a romantic mood with some garden lights (if they are solar-powered all the better) and a musical evening for two, courtesy of your super-cool wind-up radio.
And Finally…
Show your date that you really mean business when it comes to making a difference – follow through with proposed plans to truly lower your carbon footprint. For instance, in terms of implementing a green gas system in your home, make sure to check out a number of suppliers, since not all companies offer the same solutions. Some companies use completely renewable, environmentally friendly gas sources such as biogas (made exclusively using ‘anaerobically digested’ plant sources). Other suppliers simply donate part of their profits to environmental charities or trust funds. When making your decision regarding which system is ideal for your home, the key is to strike a balance between your ideals and what you can afford. Ultimately, living a greener life is about so much more than impressing the one you love; it’s about making a change to your own life and the Planet as a whole.
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3 Responses to “Top 4 Romantic Dates for Eco Lovers”

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