Step One: FlowersThe Goods: Flower Petal Why We Love Them: Flower Petal's mission is to make sure each flower arrangement, plant and gift is delivered on time, every time, and exactly the way it is requested. View their entire Valentine's Day collection and make that perfect selection. Their flowers are professionally arranged and delivered by a local florist. Bonus: Same day delivery is available until 2pm in the recipient's time zone. The Goods: Bloom Nation Why We Love Them: Bloom Nation shares the love by contributing 10% of any order to support the charity of the customer’s choosing. And Bloom Nation has made a commitment to offset the carbon emissions for every flower delivery through Carbonfund.org. Bonus: Same day delivery on all their bouquets. The Goods: Organic Bouquet Why We Love Them: Organic Bouquet partners with artisans and growers who adhere to rigorous U.S. and international standards of sustainability. They obtain products from companies who provide safe and just working conditions and a livable wage. With every purchase from Organic Bouquet, you are improving the life of a grower or artisan and protecting the environment for generations to come. Bonus: Organic Bouquet is pleased to offer delivery on Monday February 14th for Valentine's Day.
Step Two: TreatsThe Goods: Organic Baskets Why We Love Them: Organic Baskets is a family owned and operated business dedicated to selling only natural and organic gift baskets from the best orchards and farms in the world. Bonus: Receive 10% off Valentine’s Day orders through their online coupon. The Goods: Drexelius Chocolates Why We Love Them: Drexelius Chocolates is your online source for uncommonly good chocolate. The folks at Drexelius Chocolates love wonderful chocolate, care about the world we live in and support causes that promote healthy, sustainable living. Bonus: Drexelius Chocolates offers free shipping on orders over $25 and make donations raised through sales of chocolate to selected charitable causes. The Goods: Mondizen Why We Love Them: For the ultimate in romantic gifts, why not prepare original French macaroons for your loved one? Mondizen is a purveyor of unique French goods for delivery all over the world. Bonus: For Valentine’s Day, Mondizen is offering its scrumptious strawberry-filled macaroons, directly from France but with English baking instructions. The Goods: Grounds for Change Why We Love Them: Grounds for Change is a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in 100% Fair Trade Coffee. They are the first coffee roaster in the US to complete the rigorous third-party certification process necessary to obtain the CarbonFree® Certified Product label. Bonus: Newly on sale, select their special Valentine’s Day gift box for the perfect coffee-lover’s treat.
Step Three: CardsThe Goods: Paper Culture Why We Love Them: Paper Culture offers eco-friendly stationery on FSC-certified 100% post consumer recycled paper, including all envelopes and packaging. Paper Culture strives to minimize their overall impact on the environment and they plant a tree in a US national forest with every order. Bonus: Save 20% sitewide in celebration of Valentine's Day. Enter code SENDLOVE at checkout. The Goods: Cardstore.com Why We Love Them: Cardstore.com works hard to ensure their products are not only stylish, but also eco-conscious. From using recycled paper and eco-friendly digital printing, to maintaining FSC-certified printing facilities and partnering with Carbonfund.org to offset their carbon footprint, they are doing their part to protect the environment. Bonus: Cardstore.com offers carbon-free shipping and a special 15% off Valentine's Day cards.
Since 1984, Lake|Flato has gained national recognition for architecture rooted to its place, responds to the natural environment and merges with the landscape. With a palette of regional materials, they create buildings that are tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic. As stewards of the natural environment and their client’s resources, they shape every project with empirical environmental knowledge and energy modeling resulting in sustainable strategies that artfully respond to each site’s unique context and character. Lake|Flato believes that the best ideas evolve from an engaging and collaborative design process with clients consultants, and within the firm. They create an environment that leverages each person’s passions and unique perspectives to ensure common ownership and innovative solutions. Lake|Flato has received wide critical acclaim from clients, peers, and the press. In 2004, the American Institute of Architects awarded Lake|Flato the National Firm Award, the highest honor the AIA bestows on a firm. Reflecting their commitment to sustainable design, five of Lake|Flato’s projects have been selected as national Top Ten Green Projects by the AIA COTE, and in 2009, the firm was honored with a Texas Medal of Arts. In all, Lake|Flato’s work has been recognized with over 100 national and state design awards. For over 25 years, Lake|Flato has employed practical and thoughtful sustainable strategies that conserve resources, engage nature and promote healthful living. Simply defined, sustainable design is smart design that looks beyond the building and considers the larger context. Their design process is collaborative and integrates knowledge from a wide range of sustainable expertise. It requires a look to art, science and nature … to listen and learn. They benchmark building energy performance from early-stage modeling through completion to verify the efficacy of designs and strategies. This data allows Lake|Flato to measure progress towards their goal of carbon neutral design by the year 2030, in fulfillment of the firm’s commitment to The 2030 Challenge. The 2030 Challenge efforts will be guided by the Lake|Flato “Green Beam,” who have instituted sustainable practices into daily operations, offer internal education programs and disseminate best practices through FlakeNet, the firm’s intranet wiki site. The Sustainability Coordinator also engages directly with projects that do not have a sustainability manager by performing energy models and sustainability reviews on a regular and scheduled basis. Finally, the firm has also committed to certifying every residential project under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program. Building performance is measured against 2030 Challenge goals and communicated to the design team. “Our firm makes a concentrated effort to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but what we can’t reduce, we offset. Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree Program has aided us in our goals for carbon neutrality,” said Sustainability Coordinator Heather Gayle Holdridge, LEED AP BD+C.