10 Eco-Friendly Date Ideas

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These days being environmentally friendly is not only a trend but a necessity. But who says saving the earth can't be fun? In fact we suggest paring your passion for going green with the love in your life. iMag caught up with the experts from PlanetEarthSingles.com to find out!

Here are our favorite earth-friendly dates:

Green Volunteerism! Spend time learning and talking about causes or issues that are most important to you and your date. You both are most likely to be inspired, turned on, and energized by volunteering for something you believe in. For example, look in your neighborhood newspaper together and find out when local organizations are doing habitat restoration projects, feeding the homeless or walking dogs for the Humane Society. Start locally and as the relationship evolves, you can expand your volunteering together, nationally or globally.

Bike or walk to a community festival or fair. Go back to childhood and paint each other's faces with plant-based paints. Spend the day enjoying local music, food and fun!

Learn about the indigenous people in your area. Research the natural history of your community together. For example, take a hike and focus only on medicinal or edible plants, or research and attend a local Native American powwow.

Plan a green camping trip! Leave the city, phones, computers, and iPods behind and embrace nature. Quiet time spent in the woods promotes deep conversation and getting to know one another. Don't use plastic or paper throw-away products and do dishes together out of a sudsy bucket using green dishwashing soap. Play a game by candle light or try some star-gazing and bring a musical instrument to play at night (even if you're not a pro!). Finding Romance in the Great Outdoors

Make homemade paper together! Get crafty and use recycled paper and natural plant dyes to make one of a kind, green works of art. Use in a scrapbook to put your first date pictures in or write romantic love letters on.

Attend a local ballgame with your date. Take public transportation or walk to the stadium. Bring your own organic soy dogs, organic beer and organic cotton blanket. Snuggle up together as you cheer on your favorite team.

Organic wine tasting. Take your hybrid car to your nearest organic wine tasting event. Sample and support the work of sustainable and green agriculture. If you'd like, book at the nearest Bed and Breakfast within walking distance.

Get dressed up and head out to your local car dealerships. Test drive and research all the hybrids available. End the night at your favorite organic restaurant, after working up an appetite. Remember to bring your own "to-go" container!

Put on a green summer party! Introduce your special someone to your friends and family, and show them what you stand for by being green. BBQ with 100% natural, additive-free charcoal (try Cowboy Charcoal or Greenlink Charcoal) or use gas or electric for a more environmentally friendly option. Choose organic, free range meats or go vegetarian. Portabella mushrooms are a great burger substitute! Use regular dishes, glass cups and cloth napkins. Go to a thrift store and buy an extra set of cheap dishes and napkins just for BBQ's and casual parties. Promote being responsible and eco-friendly, while having fun in your new relationship. 

Go on a hike and picnic. Pack a couple of backpacks with an organic gourmet lunch for two. Use camelbacks if you are going on a more strenuous hike (backpacks with water bladders and drinking tubes). When you reach your destination, find a nice rock to sit on and whip out the picnic. Feed each other grapes, organic cheese and organic wine. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature and each other's company. If there is a lake, ocean or stream, take a dip and lie in the sun. Dating, Adventurist Style

To meet your green mate, check out Planet Earth Singles!

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