This Valentine's Day, let's show some love to everyone in its supply chains

Buying gifts to give to loved ones presents unique dilemmas to those who are concerned about who made them, under what conditions. Can you express your love for another person by buying them conflict jewelry, or child labour chocolate? And what are the alternatives?


Teaching and learning resources

If you’re looking for resources to help creatively discuss the controversial issues in Valentine’s Day supply chains, here’s a selection.

a) celebrate February 14th as International Flower Worker’s Day

Watch this video and think about the lives of the people who grew that bunch of flowers you’re giving or hope to receive. Then read and discuss Lisa Taylor’s piece about what next.

Two out of every three flowers in the United States is imported from Colombia, as Colombia is the second-largest exporter of flowers in the world behind Holland. Behind the beauty of the flowers exported, there is a often hidden array of complex economic, labor, social, and environmental factors with direct consequences for those who work in the industry.

Lisa Taylor (nd) Witness for Peace

b) the Worrison’s flower collection

A spoof website created in 2017 by students taking the university module behind our site. Click the image below to get there, click the flowers you like, read the online reviews and make sure you click ‘Buy now’.

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c) our LEGO Valentine’s Day album

Check this set of LEGO re-creations, click the images, read the text underneath, and maybe re-create other scenes from Valentine’s Day supply chains. This takes you there…

Valentine's Day 2: Kanye West's "Diamonds are from Sierra Leone'.

Click the links or the slideshow photo to find out more, and to get some advice on more ethical Valentine’s Day gifts.

c) our Youtube playlist

Watch the original sources, parts of which we re-created in LEGO and/or inspired our work: on the human stories in the supply chains of chocolate, diamonds and clothes, and the activist concept of love.

February 14th could be an unforgettable day.

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Last update 13 February 2020

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