A look into the supply chains of classic Valentine's Day gifts

Americans will spend more than $18 billion on Valentine's Day gifts in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation.

Here are four popular Valentine's Day presents from companies or organizations with sustainable supply chains, according to 21st Century Supply Chain.

1. Chocolates. Hershey's Co. often uses sustainably sourced ingredients farmed in a responsible manner that preserves the land and supports the people who live off it. The company is also a founding member of CocoaAction, which seeks to create a more sustainable cocoa industry by offering educational and community resources in West Africa, a major exporter of cocoa beans.

2. Wine. E&J Gallo Winery co-founders Ernest and Julio Gallo launched the 50/50 Give Back plan in the 1930s, which preserved an acre of wildlife habitat for every acre of land planted in a vineyard on the West Coast.

3. Flowers. While Green America does not directly manufacture or procure fresh cut flowers, the nonprofit's Fair Trade flower certification ensures farms comply with strict environmental standards regarding the use of pesticides, waster conservation, wastewater treatment and protection of the ecosystem.

4. Diamonds. In 2002, the United Nations enacted the Kimberley Process, an initiative aiming to stop the trade of conflict diamonds. Individuals can ensure they're buying a conflict-free diamond by viewing the stone's trade and origin information in its system of warranties statement.

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