The Eco-Friendly and Ethical Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift that’s also better for the planet and the people who made it, you came to right place! In 2022 it’s ok to expect more from brands: to expect an incredible gift with an equally incredible impact—and what would make Mom happier?

Check out Eco-Stylist’s 9 picks for Mother’s Day gifts, all from Certified sustainable brands. Explore our brand ratings to learn more about how we rate and why these are great brands to support!

1. Ethiopian Coffee | Parker Clay

Know a Mom who loves coffee? Eco-Stylist can confirm that Parker Clay’s Ethiopian Coffee smells and tastes great—we tried it!

The coffee is ethically sourced in Ethiopia and your purchase helps support women! Parker Clay is a certified B Corporation creating great employment opportunities with fair wages for vulnerable women in Ethiopia.

Shop | $20+

2. Canvas Duffle Bag | Nisolo

Support your mom’s dreams of a post-quarantine vacation. This tote is perfect for a weekend trip, and it’s handmade in an ethical factory in Mexico. 

Nisolo partners with a non-profit organization called Climate Neutral to work towards measuring, reducing, and offsetting carbon emissions by the brand. This is becoming increasingly important since the clothing industry is one of the top 5 most polluting industries, and is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon footprint. 

Shop | $200

3. Fleece Quarter-Zip | Patagonia

Since sometimes spring weather doesn’t quite know how to act, a quarter-zip sweater may be just what Mom needs. This fleece from Patagonia is made from 100% recycled fleece and is dyed using a low-impact process which reduces the water and energy used in production.

This quarter-zip has the desired aesthetic of wool, but it is made from recycled materials. Did you know that plastic bottles can be made into fabrics such as polyester, wool, cotton, and fleece? One pound of wool requires 101 gallons of water to produce. By purchasing recycled, sustainable clothing, you can help in keeping plastic pollution out of landfills and saving water and energy in production. 

Shop | $119

4. Baseball Hat | Topiku

It’s no secret that some of us are missing professional sports…a lot. Pair this baseball hat with some peanuts and crackerjacks, and you’ll have one happy Mom.

Topiku’s hat is made from leftover curtain material, recycled HDPE plastic buckets, and metal scraps. If not upcycled, all of these materials would have otherwise become landfill waste.

Shop | $35 | Use coupon code ECOSTYLIST10 for 10% off

5. Gift Card | Adelante Shoe. Co 

What mother wouldn’t love a new pair of beautiful, handmade shoes with a beautiful story to boot! Adelante Shoe Co.’s shoes are all handmade by artisans in Guatemala who are paid a true living wage.

This means not only will mom look good, but she can feel good knowing she’s supporting business as a force for good. Now, how’s that for a Mother’s Day gift?

Shop | $50-350

6. Mesa Cord Tacos | Parker Clay

I think we all know what Mom really wants: never to see unsightly tangled cords again. The mesa cord tacos are perfect for tidying up her chargers, headphones, and miscellaneous cables. 

To make this gift even better, Parker Clay creates opportunities for vulnerable women in Ethiopia to become economically independent, breaking free from cycles of unemployment and prostitution. They are also a certified B Corporation.

Shop | $24

7. Biodegradable Sunglasses | Outerknown

Is your Mom a rock star? Hint: there’s only one right answer to that question.

Get her the gift that makes her feel like a rock star every day of the year. We love the OTIS sunglasses, sold at Outerknown, because they are 100% recyclable, 100% biodegradable, and come in plastic-free packaging. How’s that for reducing plastic waste?

These sunglasses are made from an Eco-Acetate derived from cotton seed and wood pulp. OTIS sunglasses include a lifetime warranty and when your Mom is done with them she can return her used frames to OTIS for recycling.

Shop | $240

8. Animals Socks Box | Conscious Step

The purchase of this three-pack of animal socks from Conscious Step will not only keep your mom’s feet warm and stylish, but it helps protect wildlife. A donation is given to three non-profits: Oceana, Conservation International, and Save Them All. 

These organizations work to protect the world’s oceans, combat illegal wildlife trafficking, and end the killing of dogs in animal shelters. Choose from this or other gift boxes supporting your favorite causes!

Shop | $44.95

9. Reusable Straw Kit | United By Blue

Encourage your mom to skip the plastic and use her own stainless steel straws. These straws come with a handy travel case, a cleaning brush, and the case is made from 100% recycled polyester (aka two recycled plastic bottles). 

Plastic straws are designed to be used once and then disposed of, representing very well our throwaway culture. Americans collectively use over 500 million plastic straws per day, and these straws are not recyclable, meaning they’ll sit in a landfill for decades before breaking down. Plastic straws also pose a threat to marine life when ingested. 

United by Blue’s mission is to remove 1 pound of trash from oceans and waterways per product purchased. Some of this  trash can be upcycled into new sustainable products, such as these straws.

Shop | $15

Still Looking for Gifts?

Here’s a few more options from some of our favorite brands. 

  1. Peruse the beautiful handmade trinkets at Ten Thousand Villages.
  2. Shop our Women’s section.
  3. Get your mom some mismatched socks that start conversations from Voyce Threads.

What Mother’s Day gifts are you struggling to find this year?

*Article updated 4/12/22.

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