Have an eco-conscious mother in your life? Or simply a mom who appreciates unique gifts? Or maybe that mom is you! In any case, this Mother's Day, choose a gift, or nudge your family in the direction of a gift you'd like, that won't negatively impact the planet and is sure to make any mom smile.
And remember: Mother's Day is a holiday where we can celebrate all sorts of mother figures in our lives, including grandmothers, step-moms, aunts, and even family friends and neighbors who have supported us over the years. Here are six green gifts perfect for any kind of mom you want to honor this Mother's Day.
1. Jewelry by Andrea Bonelli
What mom doesn't love jewelry? If you're looking to give her something that sparkles with an eco-conscious twist, then look no further than the elegant stylings of designer Andrea Bonelli. Bonelli's jewelry is made with ethically sourced stones and metals. This means that these materials were not only mined with low environmental impact, but also that the miners themselves were paid fairly.
Bonelli is also a member of Ethical Metalsmiths, which provides jewelers in West Africa with tools and supplies to encourage their ability to work autonomously through the Toolbox Initiative. Her jewelry features beautiful stones and unique metalwork that will make mom stand out in a crowd.
2. Flowers from Bouqs
Flowers are possibly the most classic Mother's Day gift of all. But they are often criticized for their impact on the environment. If you're in search of a better bouquet, then Bouqs.com has you covered. This website partners with local artisan florists (all of whom use sustainable, "farm to vase" farming techniques to minimize waste) to provide beautiful custom bouquets. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to get same-day delivery!
3. Chocolate from Vosges
If Mom has a sweet tooth, then chocolate may be just the thing. But it's important to make sure that the cocoa and other ingredients in your sweets were sourced ethically and with minimal impact to the environment. All confections from artisan chocolate shop Vosges are made with ethically-sourced, sustainable ingredients.
All of their suppliers are organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified, and their packaging is made from 100 percentrecyclable materials. Plus they offer very unique flavor combinations, such as clementine/ginger, pink peppercorn/white chocolate, dark chocolate/wasabi and even bacon!
4. Wall art (and cards!) from Graphic Anthology
A card to show you care, and some art to brighten her wall! What could be better? How about knowing that these thoughtful gifts have been printed on FSC-certified, sustainably-forested paper? At Graphic Anthology, 100 percent of their products are created with the environment in mind. Even the artwork itself often features nature, from whimsically-rendered pine trees to beautiful abstract flowers.
5. Aromatherapy candles by Big Dipper Wax Works
Candles are a great way to add a subtle glow and a relaxing scent to any room. But traditional candles often get their scents from ingredients that are less than eco-friendly and not ethically sourced. For an alternative, try beeswax aromatherapy candles from Big Dipper Waxworks.
Made with all natural, biodegradable materials and scented with essential oils, these candles are perfect for Mother's Day--especially if you choose one in Mom's favorite scent!
6. Perfume from Organic Glam
Traditional perfumes may smell great, but reading their ingredients labels often doesn't feel so good. Harsh chemicals are often used to create the scents we love so much. If you'd like to offer mom the chance to smell sensational and eco-friendly, try perfumes from Organic Glam.
As the name suggests, all of their ingredients are certified organic. The brand was first created by pharmacist Margo Marrone, who was concerned about the levels of harmful chemicals in many beauty products. Her perfumes come in a variety of unique scents. Browse and choose Mom's favorite here!
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