The world is changing, and unfortunately, it’s changing for the worse. Climate change is becoming more destructive by the day, and if we don’t change our practices by 2030, the impact will be irreversible. Fortunately, there is a growing movement toward sustainability in consumerism.
A study out of the NYU Stern’s Center of Business found that, between 2013 and 2018, half of all growth in the sales of consumer packaged goods (think retail, grocery, and drug stores) came from sustainable or eco-conscious products. Over the next few years, we can keep this up until the majority of packaged goods are eco-friendly.
Keep this in mind when you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, and try to have the greenest Mother’s Day ever. If you’re still looking for ideas, keep reading as we walk through a few green gift ideas that Mom, and Mother Earth, will love.
All-natural beauty products
Spa day, here we come! Nowadays, there is a raft of companies selling sustainably made bath and beauty products, including everything from bath bombs to facial cleansers.
Although the definition of “sustainable” can vary, these products are often recyclable, nontoxic, and free of ingredients that can harm the environment. Many green beauty products do not include harmful additives such as palm oil, which requires farmers in Asia and Latin America to clear-cut acres of precious rainforest in order to cultivate the trees.
Some of the leaders in sustainable bath and beauty products include REN, Credo Beauty, Love Goodly, and Lush, just to name a few. All have their own unique spins on sustainability — REN, for example, makes packaging out of plastic trash reclaimed from the ocean, while Lush focuses on minimal, non-plastic packaging. Take a look in your favorite wellness or beauty store and you’ll be sure to find a product that most resonates with Mom.
Flowers are so beautiful and natural that they must be eco-friendly, right? Wrong. The cut flower industry is a large source of carbon emissions because many are imported from nations with optimal growing conditions like Ecuador. Additionally, to keep them looking fresh, the flowers are hit with a medley of pesticides that can be toxic to the surrounding wildlife.
Instead, look for locally grown, sustainably sourced flowers to brighten up the brunch table. For example, Bouqs.com connects people with farms that minimize waste and recycle water, among other sustainability measures. Even the big players are working toward more eco-friendly practices. The popular website 1800flowers.com offers fair trade plants and flowers from farms that “follow socially responsible practices.”
Jewelry made from recycled materials
Stop picturing old soda cans and start imagining beautiful jewelry that doubles as a nifty conversation piece. Options vary from place to place and business to business, but designers can craft rings, necklaces, and a variety of other pieces from recycled materials like cans, silver, and other metals.
One of the most popular sustainable jewelry options is the simple bracelets from 4Ocean. The company makes a strong statement about ocean waste by creating jewelry made from plastic that was pulled out of the ocean as well as post-consumer gemstones and metal that would otherwise be in a landfill. Other gorgeous recycled jewelry brands include Fair Anita and Finnish company Lovia.
Green products are created thoughtfully with a larger purpose in mind than simply maximizing profit. That’s why any mother who receives a green gift on Mother’s Day will know you went the extra mile. With so many more people becoming more aware of the planet’s health, interest in green products is likely to continue to rise. So along with your annual Mother’s Day traditions, consider grabbing something for Mom that both she and the environment will love.
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