In a world where everyone is trying to do things in a greener, more environmentally friendly way, it makes perfect sense that dating would follow suit. And with nearly 90 million single adults over the 18 in the U.S. alone, how singles go about finding dates and what they do on dates greatly dictates their carbon footprint.
So what exactly constitutes “green dating”? That really depends on your outlook. There are online dating sites specifically for people who prefer to date other green-oriented singles (e.g. vegans). Yet much like individual opinions vary on what’s green, so does the interpretation of what constitutes “green” dating.
“Much like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder,” said Paul A. Falzone, CEO of eLove– the first company within the dating industry offering both online dating and matchmaking services. “But if you’re trying to live a greener lifestyle overall, there are ways you can incorporate that into your dating life.”
- Turning off your computer after you’re done looking online for potential dates.
- If you’re meeting somebody on a first date, perhaps you can meet at a venue within walking distance or near public transportation.
- If a green lifestyle is important to you, be sure to incorporate that into your online dating profile.
- Volunteer for charitable endeavors in your community as a way to meet potential mates rather than getting into your automobile and bar hopping.
- Instead of getting in a car and going out to dinner, make your first a trip to the local farmer’s market—then bring the food back home to eat in.
- Order organic foods and spirits when dining out.
- If you’re giving flowers to date, take note of the time of year. Giving flowers off season—like during the winter—most likely means the flowers were shipped from some other part of the world. Chocolates will most certainly do during a flower’s off season.
- Don’t get involved in a long-distance relationship—if you can help it. A long-distance relationship between somebody going back and forth from Washington D.C. to New York City can contribute 18 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. In theory, it’s just as easy to fall in love with somebody down the street.
“I think most people are trying to live a greener lifestyle, but when it comes to matters of the heart we don’t always think that we can do that greener, too,” said Falzone. “By following just a few of these guidelines, you can find that special someone or enjoying a meaningful relationship and reduce your carbon footprint.”
eLove is all you need
eLove, the next evolution in dating, has arrived. eLove is the first “life stage company” within the dating industry to provide different levels of dating services, from internet to traditional matchmaking, based on how serious singles are about meeting their soul mate. Never before has a dating service catered so completely to everyone regardless of their age, sex, or relationship goals. With matchmaking offices in 21 states and an online dating network of more than three million singles worldwide, eLove is everything that singles have been wishing for whether they are looking for casual dating or a serious, committed relationship.
eLove’s Matchmaking Service offices are located in: Arkansas (Bentonville, Fort Smith, Little Rock); California (Mountain View, Sacramento, Walnut Creek); Connecticut (Glastonbury, Stamford); Illinois (Chicago, Downers Grove, Normal, Northbrook, Rockford); Indiana (Carmel, Ft. Wayne); Kansas (Overland Park, Wichita); Kentucky (Louisville); Maryland (Columbia, Frederick); Massachusetts (Newton, Norwell, Shrewsbury, Woburn); Michigan (Bingham Farms); Missouri (Springfield, St. Louis); Nebraska (Lincoln, Omaha); New Jersey (Saddle Brook); Nevada (Las Vegas); Ohio (Cincinnati); Oklahoma (Oklahoma City, Tulsa); Pennsylvania (Mechanicsburg); Rhode Island (Warwick); South Carolina (Greenville); Tennessee (Memphis, Franklin); Texas (Austin, San Antonio); Virginia (Falls Church, Richmond); Wisconsin (Appleton, Elm Grove, Madison).
For more information on eLove, visit www.elove.com.