How to impress your Valentine and the planetPosted February 10th, 2017
Use Foothill Transit and shop smart to show love for the environment and your Valentine.
Pink and red are the colors most often associated with Valentine’s Day, but those in the know are thinking green. You can too, and with a little help from local businesses and public transit, it’s easy to do! Too many conventional ways of celebrating involve throw-away wasteful trinkets, high pesticide use, and burning far too many fossil fuels.
The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce shared some great tips to help us all celebrate Valentine’s Day while still staying environmentally friendly.
Don’t yet have a sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Good news! ABC7 recently reported that public transportation is one of the most successful places to flirt for singles in L.A. (Wink, wink.)
MAKE YOUR OWN GIFTS.
Save money, trees, and other resources by hand-making unique cards and gifts. Work with the following local experts to create something made-to-order for your favorite Valentine.
Phebie’s NeedleArt is a unique Claremont yarn store offering hundreds of varieties of fine yarns, threads, and beads. Take Line 480 to Indian Hill Blvd and Santa Fe St, then head north on Indian Hill Blvd toward Santa Fe St, turn left onto 1st St, and Phebie’s will be on the left.
Hearts n Crafts is a healing, healthy center of creative arts. They serve an ever-growing family of scrapbookers and paper crafters. Take Line 281 to Citrus Ave and Cypress St. Hearts n Crafts is at 916 N Citrus Ave.
Homemade gifts that you can eat are always a hit, too. Browse for local, organic ingredients at any of these neighborhood stores.
Elements Natural Foods offers the finest in organic and natural products with a focus on sourcing from local, organic farmers. Take Line 281 to Workman and Citrus, then head west on Workman Ave toward Citrus St. Turn left, and left again, and Elements will be on the right.
Tropicana Market is a Mediterranean Gourmet Market in Duarte that sells fresh produce, meat, fish, and sweets. Take Line 187 to Huntington Dr and Brycedale Ave. Tropicana Market is at 1406 E Huntington Dr.
BE A CONSCIOUS CONSUMER.
Turn traditional gifts green if you prefer to purchase. Second hand stores are great places to find one-of-a-kind treasures. Consider buying heirloom jewelry or if you want to buy new, choose a retailer whose materials are certified ecologically friendly.
Second Time Around is a consignment shop for women’s beautiful, gently used, higher end name brand clothing and accessories located in Downtown Arcadia. Take Line 187 to Huntington and 1st, then head east on Huntington Dr toward 1st Ave, turn right onto 1st Ave, and the store will be on the right.
Her Bestfriends Closet has established itself as the top female fashion consignment boutique in the San Gabriel Valley. Take Line 284 to Glendora Ave and Foothill, then head north on Glendora Ave toward Foothill Blvd. The store will be on the right.
GIVE GOODIES THAT DO GOOD.
Consider buying treats that are organic, fair trade, and made using sustainable practices.
The Attic Restaurant and Playground is a full service restaurant with an indoor children’s playground on site. They prepare and serve their food from the original ingredients that are mostly organic and all natural…including organic flan! Take Line 482 to Golden Springs Dr and Brea Canyon, then head southwest on Golden Springs Dr, turn left, and the restaurant will be on the right.
Real Food Daily is Southern California’s premier organic plant-based restaurant serving a quality, authentic, creative, and nutritionally balanced menu in Pasadena. That includes desserts like pie, cupcakes, and cookies! Take Line 187 to Colorado and Lake, then head west on Colorado Blvd toward Lake Ave, turn left onto Lake Ave, turn left onto Del Mar Blvd, and the restaurant will be on the left.
PAINT THE TOWN GREEN.
When planning a Valentine’s Day date, consider selecting an eatery that uses local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. If you’re planning a getaway, consider camping or a green hotel.
Myrtle Tree Garden Café and Market’s mission is to provide the highest quality natural, organic and healthy foods and specialty products to their customers. Take Line 270 to Primrose and Lime, then head north on Primrose Ave toward Lime Ave, turn right onto Lime Ave, turn right onto Myrtle Ave, and the café will be on the right.
Return to the peace and quiet of nature when you stay at Los Angeles – Pomona – Fairplex KOA. Take Line 197 to White Ave and Arrow Hwy, then head south on White Ave, turn left toward White Ave, turn right onto White Ave, and the campground will be on the left.
AND OF COURSE, USE PUBLIC TRANSIT!
As you prepare for and celebrate Valentine’s Day, consider getting about on the bus. Foothill Transit has led the charge in sustainable transportation for years. We were the first in the country to put fast-charge electric buses on the roads. We consistently monitor and measure the environmental impact of everything we do. And we’re committed to operating a 100% electric bus fleet by 2030. Because we believe in guilt-free trips. In exploring the earth – not exploiting it. And that with your help, we can make saving our planet as simple as going for a ride.
It’s easy to get to any of these businesses. Just click on your destination in this map, get directions from your location, and choose transit!
Show your love this Valentine’s Day – love for your special someone, for your community, and for the whole world.