Mother's Day

10 ways to Green Your Mother's Day

Although the actual date varies from country to country, Mother's Day is the one special day reserved for honoring your maman, mutter, madre, or maji. This year, why not also show love to the big momma, Mother Earth, by treating your mum or mums to eco-friendly gifts and sentiments? Let GreenYour make some recommendations...

  1. Choose recycled and tree-free greeting cards

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    GreenYour is sending Mom a card made from recycled-content paper this year. Are you?

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  2. Give a houseplant as a gift

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    Although they may not sport vivid colors and alluring scents, many houseplants act as natural air purifiers. This year, give Mom the gift of improved indoor air quality (and something to tend to in your absence).

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  3. Choose organic wine

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    She gave birth to you. She changed your diapers. She stood by you when you went through that awkward dog collars as a fashion accessory phase. Now, for GY’s sake, buy your mother a drink.

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  4. Choose Fair Trade Certified chocolate

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    Does Momma have a sweet tooth? Nothing says “thinking of you” like a big chunk of guilt-free chocolate produced under fair labor conditions and with eco-concern.

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  5. Choose restaurants serving local and organic food

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    If Mom’s an epicurious foodie, treat her to a green brunch. And even if she’s a strictly spaghetti and meat sauce kind of gal, she may be surprised at the delicious options available at joints with local and/or organic menus.

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  6. Choose natural perfume

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    Although Mom might resist giving up her signature scent, explaining the eco-impact of many designer perfumes and bestowing her with a plant-based, earth-friendly alternative will make for a great green gift.

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  7. Choose jewlery made from recycled materials

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    Although they won’t be the most traditional baubles in Mom’s jewelry box, she’ll most likely swoon over a unique necklace, bracelet, or earrings made from reclaimed materials.

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  8. Buy carbon offsets

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    Although they’re a distinctly modern gift, carbon offsets will help Mom (especially if she’s a jet-setter) reach carbon neutrality.

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  9. Buy eco-friendly dog accessories

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    Has a four-legged surrogate son or daughter replaced you since fleeing the nest? Acknowledging Princess with a small green token also tells Mom to keep up the great work.

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  10. Read books about eco-topics

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    Chances are that Mom read you bedtime stories, making books a popular Mom's Day gift item. This year, peruse GY's list of classic and hot-off-the-press green reads. There's something for everyone...

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