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Making The Green Impression: An Eco-Friendly Date

By Brett Harding
Guest Contributor

Sometimes the dating game just isn’t fair, making you feel like other players are ‘holding all the cards’. But what about when your date doesn’t feel the same as you on a topic that really matters? If you and your date don’t share the same passions it can make for an incredibly tricky first date; that’s why it’s important for you to discuss your thoughts on the subject and help to make your partner understand your passion.

The Importance of a Green Impression
There are a number of reasons as to why you should attempt to create a green, eco-friendly impression on your first date or when you meet your date for the first time. One of the most important reasons – if true – is to show your date that you are a caring individual that seeks to better yourself and the environment around you. Even if this impression is not entirely true you can still use it to your advantage in order to impress your date.

Another way in which you can make an attempt at wowing your date is with statistics as to how quickly we are using our finite fossil fuels, or even how much methane a cow produces each year. Although your date may not be overly enthusiastic about hearing the statistics, your commitment to the green cause should impress them greatly.

If you do not know any statistics or interesting facts, here are three that you can use and a guide as to the appropriate time for you to use them.

#1 – When recycling any paper waste such as cartons and packaging you can say “Did you know the amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years?”

#2 – When ordering or purchasing tap water or bottled water at a restaurant or in a shop you could say “Did you know that it can take up to 700 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose?”

#3 – When you’re switching off the lights to have a candle lit romantic dinner you could say “Did you know that more than 1/3 of all energy is used by people at home?”

Partner Participation
Although it’s important to divulge information on your life and your loves, there can be nothing more effective than encouraging your date to participate in your hobbies and interests. If you can make a fun and exciting date out of your interests, you will be able to help your potential partner understand what it is that moves you about your interests. By encouraging your date to understand your motives, you are increasing the chances of scoring a second date and preventing your first date from ending badly due to brain-numbing boredom.

Here are some interesting methods of coercing your partner into participating in your interests, passions or hobbies and scoring a subtle first date at the same time.

The Nature Walk
This doesn’t have to be all about nature and looking at pretty flowers – the nature walk can be as simple as taking your date through a local park and crunching through fallen leaves whilst getting better acquainted with one another.

Subtle and Sensible
Another way in which you can blow your date away is by taking them to a local farm and purchasing some of the fresh produce – but it doesn’t end there. Once you’ve acquired the ingredients, you can cook up a romantic homemade dinner.

Time Together
Whilst we’re on the topic of cooking, why not take a class together. It could be a cooking class where you can get experimental in the kitchen or something equally as inviting. A dance class is also an ideal first date as attempting to move as one or as a team will allow you to pick up on whether you and your date are in tune with each other.The day out that you choose should depend upon the date and your own personal interests. Although it’s important to come across as friendly and give the green impression; don’t forget that for the majority of the time you should be yourself. You aren’t going to spend all of your time talking about green events and eco-friendly solutions to electricity. Remember: Show your potential partner who you are and find out about their passions.

 

About Brett Harding

Brett is the Managing Director and co-Founder of Lovestruck Singapore, a website dedicated to online dating and aiding others in their search for love and for someone to share their passion with.
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