Mother's Day green gift guide
11 planet-friendly presents that are guaranteed to delight eco-conscious moms.
Mon, May 02 2011 at 10:10 AM
Still looking for something to give Mom for Mother's Day? We’ve got some great last-minute suggestions:
1. Organic bouquet
What mom doesn’t love flowers and candy? This online boutique offers sustainably grown blooms ($24.95 and up) and organic chocolate truffles ($29.95 and up) at organicbouquet.com.
2. Go Green gift baskets
Packaged in reusable cloth bags and featuring assortments like organic chocolate, nuts, dried fruit and a BPA-free water bottle ($29.95), these gift baskets are fun and eco-friendly. Use the code GoMom at checkout at gogreengiftbaskets.com through May 9 to receive $5 off your order.
3. The ultimate green store
At this online department store, which donates a portion of sales to provide eco-friendly school supplies to schools, you’ll find everything from EcoTools bamboo bath brushes ($13.50) and a solar flashlight keychain ($14.95) to a recycled-newspaper pencil and coffee mug set ($22.50), aluminum water bottles ($13.65-$18.20), a PVC-free, nontoxic yoga mat ($35.99) and totes made from recycled seatbelts ($62-$72). Gift cards are available too, and the code MOTHERSDAY2011 will get you free ground shipping on orders of more than $50.
4. Ethical bean coffee
Get Mother’s Day started with fair trade, certified organic and kosher java from Ethicalbean.com, which donates a portion of sales to support Guatemalan children. One of Oprah’s Favorite Things, it comes in eight varieties, including decaf at $11.99 a bag, with free shipping on orders of more than $50.
5. Gabrielle Alexandra shoes
What woman doesn’t love shoes? Crafted by women in Lima, Peru, these unique flat sandals are made from recycled rubber tires (soles) and lined in leather. Find an assortment at www.gabriellealexandra.com for $49.99-$99.99.
6. Project Iris tees
Not only are these T-shirts pretty, they help feed mothers and children in the developing world, with a portion of every sale benefiting World Food Program USA. The flower, butterfly and peace sign designs come in short sleeve ($39-$47) and long sleeve ($43-$53 styles, and you’ll get free shipping plus 10 percent off your order with Code MD10 before Mother’s Day at www.projectirisclothing.com.
7. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
This natural, biodegradable line of home cleaning products is free of toxic chemicals, never tested on animals, and packaged in recyclable bottles. There are many options for the practical mom for less than $20 at www.mrsmeyers.com including kitchen, bathroom and laundry sets, scent diffusers, and scented soy candles in fragrances like lavender, geranium, apple, honeysuckle and lemon verbena.
8. Smitten with Luxe bracelets
Fashioned from glass beads, these fair trade bangles come in a variety of colors, and proceeds benefit a variety of charities. They’re $15 each at shop.diamondgirlmediala.com, and shipping is free on orders of $50 or more.
9. Josie Maran cosmetics
This line of pure, nontoxic face, skin, eyes, lips, skin and hair products featuring ingredients like organic argan oil comes in recyclable packaging and supports the Women’s Earth Alliance via donation of $1 per purchase of select products. The limited edition Sunkissed Collection of summer bronzing products ($48) makes a great gift, and you’ll get free shipping on orders of more than $25 at www.josiemarancosmetics.com (checkout code: earthy).
10. Bgreen Apparel
Give mom the comfort of organic cotton casual wear from www.bgreenapparel.com, where many items are now on sale including tanks ($9), tees ($11), hoodies ($18), and drawstring pants ($14.50). You’ll also find undies, lounge and yoga wear and free shipping on orders of more than $150.
Make a donation in mom’s name to a charitable organization or shop the charity’s online store for items that give back. Some come free with a donation: Donate $50 to the World Wildlife Fund (www.worldwildlife.org) and choose from a great selection of clothes and accessories. Virtually adopt a sea creature at Oceana.org, or sponsor the U.S. National Park of your choice at www.sierraclub.org and get goodies including photos, fact sheets, plush-toy animals and free shipping.
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