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Last minute Valentine’s Day ideas for sustaining love

by | Feb 12, 2018

Since we’re into sustaining love sustainably, we’ve put together a few ideas for the 14th  of February, none of which will spoil the planet. Ideally, enjoy these and each other in a wifi-free zone, and of course not just on this one day of the year. Everyday and any day is good for a loving treat. Pity we’re always too busy chasing the stars.

Massage the mood

Librisa Spa

at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, uses natural cosmetics brand, Africology and the hotel has taken precautions to reduce water usage. Some of their water comes from a natural Table Mountain spring that runs through the hotel’s property. Try the special Valentine’s couple massage for R1200.

All the Africology spas, a few in Johannesburg and two in Cape Town, use their own natural and organic cosmetics. They are committed to “blending pure, natural ingredients with love and divine intention”. The brand’s commitment to “being conscious of our planet and all who inhabit it” is worthy of our support and, of course, a spa visit. Make an appointment now for the Bespoke Herbal Oil Massage (R645).

Wild Olive treat for Valentine's Day Wild Olive

, the natural cosmetics house, has a Valentine special (25% off) on their 100% natural Rosaria and Florae fragrances (for her) and for him there is the Vetiveria Citratra fragrances (R2200). The special also includes a 25% discount on their travel toiletry bag in genuine ostrich leather (R7500). Only available at the Wild Olive store on Pepper Street, Cape Town.

Share a meal

la tete tomato and anchovy salad all good for valentine's day La Tête

is committed to sustainability, sourcing its ingredients from local producers when and from where it can. It receives deliveries from local sources, and often head chef and owner, Giles Edwards crafts the meals for the day according to deliveries and availability. To help prevent #DayZero the restaurant no longer serves tap water, but offers bottled water at cost price. The ambiance is sophisticated but comfortable and the menu is conducive to plate sharing. Added plus: you will definitely hear each other speak – acoustics have been taken care of – very important for whispering sweet nothings to each other over a plate of tomato and anchovy salad.

Coobs in Parkhurst in Johannesburg is a good bet as far as sustainability goes. They source 75% of the ingredients from their organic farm, Brightside in Magaliesburg. And, a solid Johannesburg favourite, anything from the Leopard’s Deli in Stanley Avenue, Millpark, to take home for an evening of “Netflix and Chill” would be delicious and conducive to having a good time. Owner chef Andrea Burgener is passionate about slow and good food. and 


Slip into bed

Koeksuster intimates believe ethical trade is a feminist issue

Try one of these pretty lingerie options (mostly) handmade by Koeksuster to slip into before bed. As with many local designers, it’s hard to determine the origin of the fabrics brought in local shops but Marli Grobbelaar, Koeksuster’s founder, sews everything by hand except for the T-shirts. At Koeksuster they believe ethical trade is a feminist issue, and thus try to be as anti fast-fashion as possible. “At the moment that means only supporting suppliers who pay their workers fair wages and inquiring about the working environment that we source from,” says Marli. Prices from R150.

Photo credits: supplied (main image features Koeksuster) 

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