Mother’s Day is on May 12th… you have been warned! This is the time when we get to thank our moms for everything they do. For many mothers the best gift is the sound of your voice over the phone or your presence at dinner. We must not forget, however, that moms love receiving gifts like the rest of us! If you are in search of a gift that reflects your or your mom’s eco-friendly values, take a look at our top 10 suggestions for eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts.
1. Eco-Friendly Candles: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
You might have seen Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products around the grocery store, but they also have a wonderful line of candles and room fresheners. All of their products are made in the USA and are Leaping Bunny certified, meaning that they haven’t been tested on animals. You won’t find sugar cookie candles or ocean-breeze room fresheners here. Meyer’s offers the soothing scents of basil, lavender, lemon verbena, and geranium. Mrs. Meyer’s says that their candles feature, “Earth–friendly ingredients and natural essential oils that blend together to fill your home with fresh scents between cleaning days.
2. Eco-Friendly chocolate Divine Chocolate
Chocolate is meant to be a guilty pleasure, but you shouldn’t have to feel guilty about where it came from! Divine Chocolate is the only fair trade chocolate company whose farmers own shares of the company. Their product comes from Kuapa Kokoo, a farmers’ co-op in Ghana, Africa. Their mission is, “to empower farmers in their efforts to gain a dignified livelihood, to increase women’s participation in all of Kuapa’s activities, and to develop environmentally friendly cultivation of cocoa.” Give your mom some chocolate she can truly enjoy!
3. Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Eco-friendly jewelry is a timeless Mother’s Day gift. A great choice is a beautiful recycled precious metal pendant or a set of beyond conflict free diamond earrings. Vibrant gemstones or Tahitian pearls are sure to leave her speechless. You can even create a personalized sterling silver pair pendant with an engraved initial (hers or yours) and the charm that best represents her. Not only will your mother love her gift because you put time and effort into choosing just the right piece for her, she will be proud to wear beautiful jewelry that stands for social and environmental responsibility.
4. Organic Wine
Everyone is talking about organic wines! Organic farming rejects the use of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and fungicides. In addition, organic wines must obtain a smaller amount of sulfates than traditional wines. If this is what you’re looking for, the best thing to do is to look for wines that have the USDA certified “100% Organic” label. If your mom loves biodynamic wines, look for the Demeter USA label as well.
5. Eco friendly cards: Bloomin Seed Cards and Paper.
If a heartfelt card is more in line with your budget, consider an eco-friendly card. You can look for cards that are made using recycled materials and soy-based inks, but if you want to take it a step further, consider cards printed on seed paper. These cards won’t get thrown away or shoved in a box, never to be seen again. These cards can be planted within two years of being given, and (with plenty of TLC) yield wildflowers or herbs. Instead of giving a bouquet of flowers that will be thrown away in two weeks, give the gift of growth and abundance. Whenever mom snips some flowers or seasons her dinner with basil, parsley, or chives, she will think of you!
6. Eco-Friendly Makeup: Tarte High Performance Naturals
If your mother is a makeup enthusiast, she’ll probably recognize Tarte products. What she might not know is that Tarte is very focused on what their products are made of and how they are made. While many makeup products are packed with harmful synthetic chemicals, Tarte focuses on natural, healthy ingredients. They say, “Our products are formulated without parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrance. We’re helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions one mascara at a time by creating components that are made from recyclable or post-consumer recycled material.” We love their Amazonian clay smart mascara, made primarily of nourishing Amazonian clay and natural rice wax.
7. Eco-Friendly Skin Care and Hair Care: Josie Maran Argon Oil
If you’re looking to truly pamper your busy mom, consider this product referred to as liquid gold! In 2007, model and entrepreneur Josie Maran began her own line of eco-friendly, natural beauty products. One of her standout products is Josie Maran Argon Oil. The oil is multipurpose, 100% organic, and sold in a recyclable bottle. It was organically grown in Morocco and is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids. You can use the lightweight formula as a fast absorbing facial daily moisturizer, a healing agent for split ends and cuticles, a bath moisturizer, or as an acne treatment. Maran’s Argon Oil is cruelty free, fragrance free, vegan, paraben free, and made with organic, natural ingredients. What more could you want from liquid gold?
8. Seeds: Seeds of Change
If it’s too late to purchase a card made out of special seed paper, you can simply go to your local nursery and buy a package of seeds! Look for seeds or bulbs that are 100% certified organic and sustainable and ask the gardening experts what is best to plant in your climate during mid to late May. Planting a garden—or even a single flower—is a great bonding activity and a beautiful metaphor for your relationship. It will continue to grow through rain and shine so long as it is tended to every day.
9. Reusable bags: FEED bags
Many cities are completely doing away with disposable plastic bags at grocery stores, and many retailers are beginning to charge ten cents for each bag. Reusable bags used to be ugly walking advertisements for whatever store you scrambled to buy one from, but many companies are coming out with beautiful, eco-friendly options. FEED was started in 2005 by model and activist Lauren Bush. She wanted to help the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) School Feeding Program, which helps educate and feed hungry children across the world. She designed a burlap, organic cotton bag (like those used by the WFP to distribute food) that read “FEED the children of the world.” They now offer more products, each with a set donation built into the cost. Many mothers would carry their groceries proudly knowing that your gift helped feed a child in need.
10. Reusable Water Bottle: Vapur Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are a great way to help the environment and perfect for the mom on the go! Vapur water bottles are BPA Free and made of three layers of durable plastic. They are light weight, foldable, and rollable, which makes toting them a cinch. If your mom already loves her Vapur bottle, this spring Vapur will be launching their new MicroFilter AntiBottle, which includes a water filter built into the lid. You can dip your bottle into a creek and the filter will remove 99.99% of bacteria and microbes, making this a truly eco-friendly bottle!
Of course, the most affordable, eco-friendly gift that you can give to your mom on Mother’s day is your love. Spending time together isn’t just a gift for her—it’s a gift for both of you.