Thoughtful (and eco-friendly) gifts for Mother’s Day
An overview of gifts for mothers (or aunts and grandmothers) from brands that give back or seek to reduce their impact on the environment. Time, especially nowadays, is the best gift. But if you’re looking for something to send in the mail as a surprise, these companies are trying to help consumers live a more conscious lifestyle.
For the eco-friendly mom who wants to relax in style, Stardog offers loungewear – joggers, sweatshirts and shorts – made from organic hemp fibers. Hemp, a crop that adds nutrients to the soil, is now making a comeback and featured prominently in their collection across the board.
An organic cotton backpack from a farmers’ cooperative in India trying to revive the organic cotton seed bank. The fibers are then transported to a fair trade factory in India where the bags are made. Terra Threads offers tote bags, small toiletry bags (hitting the road this summer?), Laptop sleeves and other accessories. This certified B Corp offers summer essentials without nylon or polyester for moms who are moving towards a natural lifestyle.
Akola makes handcrafted jewelry in Uganda. Made by women for women, this mom bracelet sums up the company’s purpose: to empower women to work, care for their families and educate their children. The company also weaves environmentally friendly materials, such as recycled glass beads.
MINI + MEP
Matching t-shirts for mom and child from this family-owned brand from Asheville, NC. Many of their organic cotton clothes feature patterns, designed and painted by the founder who is herself a mother. Using unbleached cotton and water-based inks, this small business thinks through every step of its manufacturing process. In addition, the company donates healthy food to local schools to help fight child hunger.
ILIA Beauty offers a new “Meet the Minis” box with all the essentials but in miniature size. If mom is interested in experimenting with clean beauty products, this cute kit will allow her to try out some ILIA favorites before committing to a full size. Plus, it’s easy to hit the road this summer. After items are complete, US customers can send up to 5 empty beauty products per month, from ILIA or another brand, and TerraCycle will responsibly break them down, so they don’t end up in a landfill. .
Founder Francesco Clark has an inspiring story behind this beauty brand. After being paralyzed almost 20 years ago, he struggled with various skin problems. His father, a doctor also specializing in homeopathy, encouraged him to find his own solution. Clark not only launched a skin care brand, having successfully created a cream for himself, but he was also an ambassador for the Christopher Reeve Foundation and strived to improve the quality of life for those who were paralyzed like him. The Cult Favorite’s Kit offers the best of the brand: Smoothing Marine Cream, Vitale Jasmine Healing Cream, Vitale Jasmine Oil and Lip Balm.
The new multi-sided take-out bottle can work as a water bottle and a coffee mug – at the same time: it has a removable, sliding cup hidden inside – both full size, insulated, stainless steel and waterproof . Inspired by ancient Japanese craftsmanship, Hitch’s sleek and clean design is a slight departure from rugged outdoor gear. So if mom is looking for a modern, minimalist bottle on the go, made from recycled stainless steel, this is a nice new addition to her collection. And at the end of its life, you can send it back to Hitch for recycling or reuse.
A women-owned housewares company, Oona Goods sells recycled terry cloths to reduce our paper towel habit. Americans would consume 85,000,000 tons of paper per year, which works out to about 680 pounds per person. The designs are printed with water-based ink, which means the sponge cloths are 100% compostable. (They are also washable / reusable for up to a year.). Cotton is made from fibers too short for use in clothing and wood cellulose comes from sustainably harvested FSC certified forests. Oona also gives back to the nonprofit In Her Presence to package and ship the product, which employs immigrant women as they transition to their new home. Additionally, Oona shares 5% of the profits with rotating nonprofits – currently the beneficiary is Black Girls Code.
Saxelby Cheesemongers works with regenerative dairies and cheese makers in the United States. in this special spring edition, they’ve brought together a variety of artisan makers from The Big Picture Farm who make delicious goat’s milk toffees (no, they’re not hot!), Raaka Chocolate (who buys direct from growers at cocoa), and three delicious cheeses: Lake’s Edge (a robust goat’s milk cheese), Summer Snow (a rich camembert-style sheep’s milk cheese) and Honey Lavender Fromage Blanc (a floral and slightly sweet Adirondack goat cheese At New York). Handmade organic crackers from a manufacturer in Madison, Wisconsin. All packaged in biodegradable or environmentally friendly packaging. If you can’t take mom for a special meal, send her this cheese board.
Portland-based KEEN Footwear is making progress to include more recycled material, collected waste and PFC-free content in its footwear. This summer, they released a fun array of colors (and solid classics) in their best-selling sandal. The shoe features straps made from recycled PET plastic bottles, a jute infused outsole, and a non-marking sole. It’s light as air, and the perfect spring / summer sandal.
A new line of plant care products includes recycled supermarket waste as fertilizer for your plants and gardening formulations to meet science and organic farming to repel pests, keep houseplants healthy. good health and strengthen root systems. Nicely packaged, you can buy Mom one or the complete set, if she is an avid gardener and plant lover. Designed to be diluted, each container can easily last a growing season (if not longer).
BACK TO SOURCES
California-based Back to the Roots has shaken up the organic gardening industry with easy-to-use tools for city dwellers or home gardeners with limited space. This is another great addition: if making vegetable beds is too cumbersome or impossible given the limited space, these fabric garden beds are a great substitute with enough space to grow a variety of vegetables and plants. herbs. Get one mom or a couple, depending on her green thumb.
With flavors like Alpine Lavender, Rowdy Mermaid’s Kombucha can transport you to an idyllic setting (even if you and mom can’t make this getaway together). Send her these fresh, springtime flavors, which are made from tea grown on regenerating farms and estates. The Botanicals line is a lovely gift that mom can enjoy not only on Mother’s Day, but for days afterward.