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What impact are you going to make this Mother’s Day? Decadent chocolates? Floral bouquets? Charms with your birthstones on them? There are dozens of guides showing the best brands to shop from to delight mom this holiday. But, this guide for Mother’s Day gifts for moms focuses on something a little different. These gift ideas aren’t purely focused on being sustainable. These gifts are as zero waste as possible.
If you’re unfamiliar with the zero waste movement, know it’s exactly as the name sounds. Products (or gifts) that are zero waste are crafted so that the end product doesn’t have to be wasted. Packaging can be composted to nourish the soil. Items can be passed down. Zero waste gifts will help minimize the billions of pounds of waste we generate yearly while still being thoughtful ways to show your love and appreciation.
Use this as a guide for gift ideas that also create a better impact for Mother’s Day.
Gift Mom Plants For Her Garden
Give mom the gift of wildflowers or plants. Did you know one rose can use 11 liters of water and emit 32 kg of CO2? An herb kit can look just as beautiful as roses decorating mom’s countertop and adds fresh spice to her signature dishes. Or, gift flowers that will bloom in her backyard year after year. Both of these options replace a single-use bouquet with an equally beautiful, more sustainable plant. Of course, if flowers are the gift that shows your love, join the slow flower movement and shop for arrangements from your local nursery that are native to your region.
Give A Card That Keeps On Giving
Tell Mom how much you love her with beautiful words in a card that will blossom into beautiful flowers. Crafted from recycled biodegradable paper, these plantable cards will grow into wildflowers once planted for a gift that keeps on giving. They’re a great zero-waste option to the standard holiday card which contributes to a loss of trees, CO2 emissions, and waste.
Look To The Past
For a monumental gift why not look to the past and give mom a stunning heirloom necklace or pendant that’s vintage? Gorgeous gems never go out of style and there are sites whose gemologists curate and vet a selection to choose from. Shop selections from larger stores like Vestiaire Collective or small women-owned retailers like Moonstoned for a variety of vintage gems.
Help Her To Make A Positive Impact
Give the gift of supporting a good cause. Choose to make a donation to an organization that supports a cause that your mother is passionate about. Is she vocal about ethical fashion and standing up for workers’ rights? Donate to the Garment Work Center which focuses on advocating for those in Los Angeles’ fashion district. The Satya Foundation gives children in need the opportunities they deserve around the world. And, Surfriders is a great nonprofit of choice for those who were born to love and protect the sea.