This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and, chances are, some of you Eco Warriors will be spending some time with your own mothers. Or, perhaps you are a spouse/significant other helping your children get their gifts ready for their mothers. The Eco Women are here to help.
There are a lot of nice ways to honor mothers without breaking the bank or creating a lot of waste. Here are some ideas that are environmentally friendly and/or support local businesses:
If you are planning to go out to lunch or brunch on Mother’s Day, skip the chain restaurant and instead choose one that’s locally-owned. Bonus points if the restaurant serves local foods.
Instead of buying cut flowers, how about buying your mother a plant for her garden? Some of Recycla’s favorites include roses, irises, peonies, and lavender. Expand on the gift by offering to do the planting yourself!
If garden plants won’t work, what about an inside plant? Or, do you have any options for buying locally-grown flowers? The farmers’ market in Recycla’s town has a vendor who grows gorgeous flowers and sells them every weekend from April until the fall. A stunning bouquet usually costs around $10-15.
How about a beautiful cloth shopping bag or a colorful French market basket? These would be great for your mother when she goes to the market, picks up books at the library, or is running errands. It’s likely you could find baskets and cloth shopping bags made locally, but if you can’t, check Etsy for loads of options.
Or how about a gift of an experience, such as tickets to a concert, play, opera, or some other show?
Take a photo of you with your mother, the whole family, or some combination thereof. If you give her a gift of an experience, get someone to snap a photo of you there, so you’ll have the combined gifts of a happy memory and a photo.
These are just a few ideas to help you get started. The important thing is to let your mother or the woman who is mothering your children know that she is loved and appreciated — not just on the second Sunday of May, but every day!
Tell the Eco Women: How will you be spending Mother’s Day?