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13 Smart, Green ECOnomical Gifts for Mother’s Day!
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On May 3, 2010 @ 6:30 pm In Accessories and Fashion,Decorative Objects,Design,Green Holiday Gift Guide,Innovation | No Comments
This year, why not celebrate your mum by giving her a gift that Mother Earth will appreciate just as much as she will? Nowadays, there is a bounty of beautiful, thoughtful eco-conscious presents that your mom will actually want on the market - and there is nothing more sustainable than giving her something that she will use and cherish for years to come! Click through our slide show to check out our top picks for smart, affordable green Mother's Day gifts that are sure to put a smile on your favorite lady's face.
This extravagant fair trade glass bead fringe necklace  is sure to make your mom swoon. Its delicate glass beads reflect hours of handiwork by artisans in India enabling them to earn a fair wage.
If your mom knows her way around the kitchen (or even if she doesn’t), give her an extra reason to serve you up some of her delectable creations – these rainbow-hued Bambu bowls! Each one is made from sustainably harvested bamboo and comes in mouth-watering colors like yellow, berry, red, cayenne, blue corn, chocolate, kiwi green, green apple, naked and black.
+ $12 from Bambu 
Your mom pampered you from the time you were a wee babe – now it’s her turn! Give her the gift of soothing beauty with this Almond Facial Care Kit from Weleda. It has a yummy mix of hypoallergenic almond products to replenish her skin’s natural moisture using sweet almond oil, and it’s safe on even the most sensitive skin.
Every mom needs a little glamour in her life, and this elegant necklace  from the Andean Collection  is the perfect thing to add some sustainable bling to her neckline. Made from cascading strings of acai berry seeds sustainably harvested from the rainforests and low lands of South America, each necklace also puts money in the pocket of the skilled moms that make them.
If your mom is anything like mine, she scoffs at useless trinkets and appreciates gifts that she can actually use! Your practical mama won’t be uttering any complaints if you present her with these lovely and understated bowls made of 100% pure cork  (reclaimed waste material from the bottle-stopper industry). They’re the perfect addition to her kitchen arsenal and will be used for years to come.
$68 from Alentejo 
Flowers are nice, but wouldn’t you rather give your mom a cute reminder of your love for her that she’ll be able to appreciate for more than a week? This fetching little egg planter is just the thing! The egg-shaped pot is made of unglazed ceramic and you can choose from basil, cactus, red pepper, mint, lavender, or strawberry.
$12 from Branch 
If the way to your mama’s heart is through her stomach, check out these delectable raw chocolates from Fine and Raw. These bittersweet bonbons and bars are 100% organic, Fair Trade, and deceivingly devoid of sugar, dairy and unnatural additives.
Show the lady who raised you from a tiny sapling into the strong person you are today just how much you appreciate her love by planting a tree in her name! It’s the perfect symbol for how she’s helped you grow and it gives something back to our Earth.
You may think that you need to spend megabucks this Mother’s Day to pay her back for everything she’s done for you, but most moms would prefer a meal home-cooked by you to one in a fancy restaurant. Plus, whipping up a special dinner for your mom is the perfect way to introduce her to the joys of locally-produced and organic ingredients!
Instead of buying your mom more stuff that is going to clutter up her house, why not help her save energy and money and up her eco-savvy by helping her greenify her house? Switch out her incandescent bulbs with CFLs, install powerstrips, set up recycling and compost bins, and show your mom how and why each of these is important. And your mom will get a second present when she sees her utility bill!
Roses are lovely, but they wilt in just a few days and are hardly eco-friendly. These handmade recycled newspaper roses  help raise money for the Lower East Side Girls Club , making them so much more special than regular old roses!
The perfect combination of vintage materials with a modern touch, these charming cameo pendants from WrecordsByMonkey are recycled from old LPs. Wouldn’t they look smashing dangling from your mom’s neck?
$56 from the WrecordsbyMonkey 
Bring the outdoors right into your mom’s home with Garden in a Bag ! This super easy kit will light up your mama’s kitchen or living room and sprout into a bounty of basil, cilantro, chives, dill, lavender, oregano, parsley, or sage right at her fingertips.
+ $9 from Branch 
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 GLASS BEAD PENDANT NECKLACE – $20: http://worldofgood.ebay.com/Glass-Bead-Fringe-Necklace---Fair-Trade-From-India/270572344492/item
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 BAMBU BOWLS – $12: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/bambu-bowls.html
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 WELEDA ALMOND FACIAL CARE KIT – $11.37: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GFWERY?ie=UTF8&tag=inhabitat03-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B002GFWERY
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 ANDEAN COLLECTION ACAI BERRY NECKLACE – $78: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/Acai-Necklace.html
 Andean Collection: http://www.theandeancollection.com/AboutUs.aspx
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 ALENTEJO CORK BOWLS – $68: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/alentejo-cork-bowls.html
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 EGGLING – $12: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/product.php?productid=16281&cat=273&page=1
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 FINE & RAW CHOCOLATES – $8 – $28: http://www.fineandraw.com/home.html
 $8 – $28 from Fine & Raw Chocolate: http://www.fineandraw.com/buy.html
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 + Donations can be made at AmericanForests.org: http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/
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 + Your Local Farmers Market: http://www.localharvest.org/
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 RECYCLED NEWSPAPER ROSES – $3: http://www.inhabitots.com/2009/04/29/recycled-newspaper-roses-for-mothers-day/
 recycled newspaper roses: http://www.girlsclub.org/store_latiendita/?c=Girl-Made
 Lower East Side Girls Club: http://www.girlsclub.org/
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 RECYCLED LP PENDANTS FROM THE HERITAGE COLLECTION – $56: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/recycled-lp-cameo-pendant.html
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 GARDEN IN A BAG – $9: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/garden-in-a-bag.html
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