15 Planet-friendly gifts for Mom on Mother's Day
It's Mother's Day, and there's no better way to celebrate and pamper the special mom in your life than with gifts that also treat Mother Earth with care.
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Give both Mom and a child in need the gift of good health for Mother's Day, a gift that will make Mom smile for many reasons. For every one Smile Squared toothbrush purchased, another one is given to a child in need. To make it even more special, little ones can explain to Mom that they are helping Smile Squared reach its goal of donating 1 million toothbrushes to children in need by 2015. Plus, eco-conscious moms will love that the toothbrush handles are made from sustainably harvested, biodegradable bamboo instead of plastic, and do not contain BPA, PVC or phthalates, which can leach into mouths and bodies.
Mom will love putting her best face forward with the luxe facial care line Jeffrey James Botanicals, which offers a full six-step beauty regimen for women (and men). Each natural ingredient is hand selected for its organic purity and healing properties, along with its ability to absorb into the skin. Facial care products include a berry-infused exfoliant, a wild indigo-infused cream to fight free radicals, a serum with hyaluronic acid making up 50 percent of the formulation, and a facial cleanser with ocean minerals to help decrease the appearance of skin lesions and blemishes.
For Mother's Day, why not give Mom an eco-friendly beauty gadget she'll love for bringing serenity back into her home? The Centrix Q-Zone Dryer uses Insanely Quiet (IQ) technology to deliver power without noise pollution. This dryer is also energy efficient because it uses only 1500 watts of power to deliver the same performance as an 1875 watt dryer. The dryer's packaging is made from 100 percent recyclable materials, so it's also good for the Earth. The new mama will not fear waking baby when styling her hair!
With the fresh, invigorating scents of grapefruit and guava, Joanna Vargas' Daily Green Serum contains larch tree extract, vitamins A, C, F and E, green tea, avena sativa/oat grass juice, chlorophyll, and chlorophyllin-copper, for maximum results.
For the foodie mom, give award-winning imported olive oil, organic canola oil and barrel-aged balsamic vinegar misters that emit a fine, continuous mist to dress salads and flavor veggies, fish, meats and breads, as well as spray pans for cooking and baking. Not just delicious, the misters are housed in an environmentally friendly dispenser that contains no additives or chemical propellants and can be recycled. Mom will love this eco-fabulous foodie find this Mother's Day!
Torn Ranch's Eco-Healthy Balsa gift box is a gift Mom will love to indulge in this Mother's Day. Mom can snack and nibble on a gourmet selection that includes an organic dark chocolate bar, organic dark chocolate with cocoa nibs bar, spa mix, fancy mixed fruit and oatmeal currant cookies made from kosher dairy products.
Trendy moms will love having a pair of Toms that are as natural as her lifestyle. Made out of a mix of recycled materials and trendy foam, these beauties are available in natural coral, pretty pink and a sleek black. Great for everyday use or just running the kids to school, these are comfy and perfect for any mom on the go.
Does Mom love to receive pedicures and manicures, but worries about the toxins that may be in the nail polish? Pamper Mom with a set of bold nail polishes from Polish & Co., which are eco-fabulous, nontoxic and cruelty-free and available in 17 gorgeous shades that work equally well on natural and acrylic nails. Tuck a gift certificate to her favorite spa in with the nail polishes for an extra-special present.
The weather is warming up, and Mom will love to receive a pair of extremely comfortable, uniquely designed flip-flops that are made from sustainable hemp fiber, reprocessed foam and recycled rubber. Available in six contrasting color combinations, Mom will be as chic lounging poolside as she is chasing after her toddler at the park.
For the mom on her feet all day (and what mom isn't?), this innovative and planet-friendly comfort floor mat will be a welcome gift. The anti-fatigue mat from GelPro reduces the discomfort of standing on hard flooring while cooking, doing loads of laundry and other daily activities. Combining effortless style with environmentally friendly NewLife, the bio-foam comfort floor mat is made from renewable resources and includes a durable top surface, resilient inner core and nonskid bottom for the best traction on any floor type. The mats come in four earth-inspired colors: spice, stone, midnight and earth.
For the mom on the move, the reusable, BPA-free SportMixer by BlenderBottle is an excellent gift. Mom can enjoy healthy drinks after her workout or Mommy and Me class or as a quick afternoon pick-me-up with minimum mess and hassle. The combined portable mixer and water bottle can tote water during the day, but it also contains the patented BlenderBall wire whisk ball that is capable of mixing the toughest ingredients, such as yogurt, peanut butter and powdered supplements, to make nutritious drinks with just a few shakes of the bottle.
The busy working mom will love this eco-friendly desk toy that is perfect for keeping hands busy at the office while on a conference call. Tegu is a socially conscious toy company that makes magnetic wooden blocks that are all-natural, eco-friendly and paint-free — all created to help provide living-wage jobs in Honduras, where 65 percent of the population lives in poverty. Plus, for moms of active small children, the Tegu Pocket Pouch makes an excellent toy for engaging little ones while at a restaurant or in a waiting room at a doctor's office.
Planning a family trip this summer? Give Mom the 100 percent earth-friendly Sundown bag, which is made from 100 percent recycled Cyclepond fabric. Moms love the ease of the unique zip-top handle closure and its wide opening. Pack the durable, sturdy bag with toys and clothes for a weekend away or turn it into a bag just for you to take to the gym or to yoga. The exterior pockets and yoga-mat strap on the bottom make it all possible. The bag is available in sky, brownstone and nightfall colors.
The expecting mom will certainly have her precious cherub on her mind this Mother's Day and will appreciate a gift for baby even more than a gift for herself. This eco-friendly, gentle line of baby bath products was created using plant-based formulations enriched with certified organic botanicals that are safe for baby and the planet, and includes shampoo, baby bath, diaper ointment, non-petroleum jelly, bar soap and a moisturizing lotion.
The eco-fashionista mom is sure to love this gorgeous wool felt bag created from reclaimed wool felt cuttings and bound together with recycled materials. Stylish and strong, this bag can go with just about any outfit.