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11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother’s Day
Posted By Tafline Laylin On May 5, 2013 @ 9:30 am In carousel showcase,Features,Green Holidays,News | No Comments
It's May, the trees are blossoming, and Mother's Day is just around the corner, so we've put together a whole new collection of 11 eco-tastic gifts that will show your Mom just how special she is. From orchid-infused body lotions to an extraordinary necklace made from sliced Tagua nut to a unique succulent wall planter kit, each gift was made with love from the safest, natural materials. And if the woman in your life needs a springtime wardrobe boost, we've got you covered with a handwoven diamond pattern hobo bag or an airplane wrap that is perfect for chilly spring nights. Hit the jump to find 11 gifts that will honor both your mama and the earth.
If your mom has a green thumb, she will love this earthy wall planter kit. The kit comes complete with the frame, a wire mesh, and water-absorbing moss, as well as instructions that show how to get the succulents to actually stay in the frame on the wall. A fun DIY kit and a wonderful addition to any kitchen or hallway wall, this gift will brighten up your mother’s life for days to come.
Unlike any other cuff we’ve seen, this stunning cuff is made with three different kinds of wood: cherry, walnut and African rosewood. These give the piece its unique color, and they are flexible enough that your mom won’t scrape her wrist when she puts it on. Finished off with tung oil and sustainable carnauba wax, this gorgeous piece of jewelry will definitely turn a few heads, making your mom feel like the only woman in the room.
If your mom is a traveler, she will love this airplane wrap from Indigenous. Made with organic cotton and colored with low-impact dyes, the fair trade wrap comes in a suite of flattering colors and one size. And while it’s great for planes, it’s also perfect for keeping your mom’s shoulders warm and snug on chilly spring nights.
Is your mom one of those women who always has a fresh bunch of flowers on the kitchen table? If so, these funky recycled glass balloon vases are a hoot! Made with recycled glass, the vases are slightly lopsided, and come in two sizes: tall or round. Nor will they they break the bank – particularly if you buy the pair together.
If you don’t buy this for your mom, we’re getting it for ourselves. A fantastic twist on the old metal kettle, this glass kettle has a plump belly and a sustainable bamboo handle. But you can’t put the kettle on full heat; instead, slow-brew a pot for your mom, watch the water molecules dance around as you do, and serve your mom a relaxing cup of tea and a vegan cookie for good measure. She’ll love you for it.
Here’s a new variation of the popular hobo bag that doesn’t cost a fortune. Handwoven with sustainable materials, the diamond-patterned bag comes with pom poms and a fringe tassel, as well as an interior pouch pocket that will store your mother’s seemingly endless miscellany.
It isn’t always easy to buy women jewelry, but this ring is almost certain to be a big hit with mothers. Made by Peruvian artist Leslie Granthan, the sterling silver ring “hugs” a striking chrysocolla stone that looks just like turquoise. Sustainable, affordable, and absolutely stunning, this ring can be worn at fancy parties or a casual gathering.
This incredible necklace might look like it’s laced with gems, but those are actually tree nuts. And they are totally sustainable. The Tagua nut from South America falls to the ground when its mature, so nary a tree has been harmed in the production of this necklace, and then Sapia artisans from Colombia slice and dye them using eco-sensitive materials. They are called the ivory of the forest because of their durable consistency.
If your mama is anything like us, she almost never buys herself soothing soaps (though she secretly wishes to have a cupboard full of them.) But so many soaps these days are full of nasty chemicals that are neither good for skin or for the earth when flushed through the pipes. That’s why we recommend this fabulous gift set from El Salvador. Developed by a father and daughter team, the soaps are made with organic coconut, sesame, essential oils and smell amazing. Even the packaging is USDA certified organic.
Here’s another great gift for gardening moms that brings a bit of the California coast indoors. The Redwood Forest is a bonsai gift set that comes with the tree, moss seed, seedling training pots, and a bonsai tool set that includes scissors, a rake and spade. All of this goes inside a recycled steel box and even the ribbon is earth friendly, made as it is from recycled plastic bottles.
+ $49 from Bambeco 
Mother’s day is the only day in a year that we recommend anybody pay nearly $20 for a 4oz bottle of lotion, but your leading lady (and her skin) will definitely thank you. Made with a delicious concoction of organic shea and mango butter mixed with organic essential oils and restorative orchid, this Piper Tate lotion is entirely cruelty and paraben free and features all recyclable packaging.
+ $19.50 from Etsy 
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 + $100 Uncommon Goods: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/succulent-wall-planter-kit
 + $40 from Uncommon Goods: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/trinity-wooden-cuff
 + $90 from Indigenous: http://www.indigenous.com/shop/product/airplane-wrap5
 + $79 each from VivaTerra: http://www.vivaterra.com/recycled-glass-balloon-vases-15067.html?green=6C8A25E5-3790-54EF-B460-F0956FBB3E77&src=MBX
 + $59 from VivaTerra: http://www.vivaterra.com/buddha-belly-tea-kettle.html?green=6C8A25E5-3790-54EF-B460-F0956FBB3E77&src=MBX
 + $89 from VivaTerra: http://www.vivaterra.com/women-s/new-womens/diamond-hobo-bag.html
 + $99.95 from Novica: http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=193714
 + $29 from Ten Thousand Villages: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/forest-pool-necklace
 + $14.95 from Organic Girlfriend: https://www.globalgirlfriend.com/store/ggf/item/37538/organic-aromatherapy-body-soap-gift-box?source=4-2608-18
 + $49 from Bambeco: http://www.bambeco.com/Garden-Plants/Potting-Shed-Redwood-Forest.asp
 + $19.50 from Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61503720/orchid-infused-sweet-mandarin-and-honey?ref=v1_other_1
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