Mother’s Day 2015 is almost upon us, and all the typical lists of what you should get your mother are popping up around the web. We decided to create a list of mother’s day gifts that she will not only love, but will give her peace of mind, knowing that they are socially or ecologically responsible as well. With that in mind, let’s start finding the perfect green gift for your mom!
These cards are perfect for the mom that loves responsible living. She’s still going to get a card saying how much you love her, but this card has an extra bonus to it. Once mother’s day is over, instead of tossing it into the trash, she can actually plant it. These cards have various wild flowers pressed right into it. Once planted the seeds should start to germinate after a week or so (depending on soil and regional growing conditions). This is the card that keeps on giving all season long!
Every mother loves chocolates on mother’s day, but some mothers are willing to go the extra mile for socially responsible products. This is the part where you do the right thing, and buy her fair trade chocolate. Non-fair trade chocolate can involve child labor, or even slave labor to get that chocolate to market at a cheaper price. Fair trade chocolate uses specific producers that are paid a fair wage for the chocolate they produce. Yes, this chocolate is more expensive than your normal chocolate, but it’s worth it knowing that the person putting in the of hard work is paid well for providing you a tasty treat!
While most moms might be inclined to want one of the expensive chic name brand products, the green minded mom is looking at something a bit more sustainable. Firstworldtrash.com is a perfect place to find what you’re looking for. They have everything from messenger bags and commuter totes, to make-up bags and wallets.
They are made from items like seat belts and various billboards that were headed to the local junkyard or landfill. All of their products are handmade, and being water resistant and tear proof, you know they are built to last! Fashionable, eco-friendly AND durable; what isn’t there to like?
If your mom isn’t the chocolate type, how about getting her a nice wine? Not just any wine, but wines that are made at vineyards that use organic & sustainable practices. This means that while your mom is getting her wine on, she can sit back and relax, knowing that the wine she is drinking is organic AND eco-friendly all at the same time. While this typing of wine making is becoming more popular, the award-winning vineyard FETZER has been doing it for the last 25 years! So in this case, you can have your wine and drink it too!
Does your mom need her go-go juice in the morning? Does she also think that we should be more eco-friendly and socially responsible? Then look at picking her up a few bags of coffee that fit the bill. Like the fair trade chocolate mentioned above, fair trade coffee is basically the same concept. The people who put in the hard work to grow the beans that goes into your coffee cup every morning get paid a fair price for all their hard work. Starbucks, which is one of the most popular brands of coffee in America, buys their coffee through ethical sourcing. They are also working on their environmental impact by building LEED certified stores, and buying renewable energy credits to lower their environmental footprint.
Are you looking at getting your mom a watch for mother’s day? Are you also looking to find a socially responsible watch to match her views? Look no further than the eco-friendly watchmaker Sprout. Not only do they make a fantastic and fashionable looking timepiece, they manage to meet the American ASTM D6400 and European EN13432 standards for compostable materials to boot. Want to add a sparkle to that timepiece with diamonds? Any diamonds they use are certified and conflict free. It will even come in packaging that is made from 80% post-consumer products.
There you have it, a variety of green products that will make any mother happy! If you have any green friendly products that would make a great Mother’s Day gift, let us know in the comment section below!