Moms are a bit superhuman: they give us life, they hug and calm us, they share their wisdom to help us navigate the world and, years on, they help us raise our own children. If you think about it, you’ll find that Mother Nature does the same.
While we should thank our moms every day of the year, this Mother’s Day, we’ve come up with a few ways to honor and celebrate the supportive mothers and mother-figures in our lives, all while keeping Mother Nature in mind and the carbon footprint in check.
Make something. Homemade gifts are a great way to add a personal touch. This is the kind of gifts moms want most – more than flowers and cards. Remember, it is the thought that counts. Take a look at our Pinterest boards for ideas of upcycled and the other eco DIY gifts. They are a fun way to get your kids involved in making a present for mom. You can teach them about the carbon footprint and sustainability along the way. Here is a suggestion – transform old tea cups from a garage sale into beautiful candles.
Cook a special Mother’s Day breakfast or lunch – it is also in the top three gifts mothers want. Use local, fresh ingredients to minimize your carbon emissions from transportation and maximize the taste. You can find inspiration on our Facebook page, where we post vegetarian recipes every Monday. To reduce waste and make your honored guests feel extra special, break out the fancy dishes, cloth napkins and silverware. Fancy and sustainable do go together!
Is your mom a fashionista? Get an accessory to complement her special style from an eco-friendly fashion brand. Take her shopping for the latest look, while reducing your impact on the environment. Look for businesses that are sustainable and carbon-conscientious. Our partner, Level 99, just launched their Forever Black and White denim collection that is made from eco fabrics. They are also offsetting the footprint of every pair of jeans sold.
Shop local. Gift your mom with unique things, while supporting small local business in your community. Take a look at the small artisan shops on your street or check out artists at a community fair. If you can’t find the green brands you are looking for close to you, visit a high-end consignment shop. Some consignment stores sell luxury clothes and accessories in new (often with the tags) or lightly-used condition. You will find unique designer pieces on a budget and you will be helping the environment by purchasing second-hand goods.
Pamper your mom with all-natural, eco-friendly beauty products that will leave your mom feeling gorgeous, all while preserving the environment.
Spend time with your mom, grandma or any other lovely mother-figure – because that’s really all they want. Better yet, get outside and enjoy the beauty of our planet. With spring in full swing, it’s a perfect time to go hiking or biking.
Green your gift. If your mom is a hard person to shop for, try TerraPass Carbon Offsets. It is a great gift to give to the environmentally-conscious mom. She would appreciate this new way to encourage sustainability and show support for action on climate change. Purchasing carbon offsets is a practical and affordable way to do something about those remaining carbon emissions which you can’t eliminate.
Remember to give a gift to Mother Nature: protect the environment by measuring your carbon footprint with the TerraPass calculator and offsetting your carbon emissions through our projects. For more tips and information on carbon-neutral lifestyle, visit our website, like us on Facebook and tweet us @TerraPass.
Most importantly, don’t forget to hug your mom and say thanks for having her in your life!