For the environmentally conscious folks who want to want to give Mom a birthday present or Mother’s Day gift consistent with their values, there is certainly no shortage of options. Here are a few of the many green gifts one could consider:
Give this ever-popular standby a green twist this year with Fine & Raw chocolates. They’re all organic, have no added sugar, dairy, or additives, and are obtained through fair trade means.
Green Options offers a full range of clothing, from shirts to jeans to shoes to even underwear, all made from organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, and other sustainable fibers.
PlantLove lipstick from Cargo Cosmetics is made without mineral oils or petroleum, the tube itself is made out of corn, and the packaging is embedded with flower seeds and can be moistened and planted to grow into wildflowers. Designed by celebrities such as Angie Harmon, Denise Richards, Courtenay Cox, and Lindsay Lohan. Plus, $2 from every sale goes to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
* Day at the spa
There are some spas, such as the Natural Body Spa & Shoppe, that use only green-friendly products. The Natural Body Spa, with locations in several states, goes beyond that to serve as a drop-off station for recycling, use recycled products as part of their décor, do all their printing on recycled paper with soy ink, and devote a share of their profits to green causes.
Fire & Light sells beautiful recycled glass dinnerware. Or consider one of their other glass gift possibilities, such as a vase or a decorative heart. Fire & Light is a company formed by an intriguing combination of the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County, California, and a group of environmentally-conscious investors looking for a way to productively use crushed, recycled glass.
The simplest, most traditional, most popular birthday or Mother’s Day gift of all is a bouquet of flowers. This year, consider obtaining them from Diamond Organics, who, as the name implies, sells all organic products. If you want to step a little outside the box, they go beyond flowers to offer many kinds of food too-fruit, greens, bread, cheese, etc.
* House cleaning
Especially if Mom is usually the one stuck doing the housework, you can give her a day off and thoroughly clean for her, using all cleaning products from Green Options. All their products are non-toxic, cruelty-free, biodegradable, and naturally based.
* Magazine subscription
There are many fine green publications worth checking out, including Natural Home, “the authority on green lifestyle and design.” Consistent with its mission, its magazine is printed on paper that is made with 100% de-inked, post-consumer fiber and is processed without chlorine.
* Membership in an environmental organization
Why not support one of the many worthwhile green groups doing important work by purchasing a membership for Mom? The Sierra Club, to name one, is a longstanding organization with a very good reputation.
If you prefer something green that’ll last longer than flowers, the Inhabitat Shop has a cute planter made from unglazed ceramics with a terra cotta dish and black sand soil. Comes with your choice of basil, cactus, lavender, mint, red pepper, or strawberry to grow in it.
As a true green gesture, you might also want to consider not buying anything. Instead of treating the day as a consumer holiday, make something for Mom yourself, from recycled or organic products. Or write her a poem. Or confess to her that she’s absolutely right that everyone you’ve ever fallen for is a loser who won’t amount to anything, and that you should have listened to her. There are some holiday pleasures that money just can’t buy.