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

Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

If you are having trouble keeping the days straight in 2021, you’re not alone. But fear not: we have curated a list of gifts that both your mom and Mother Earth will love.

1. Reusable Face Masks | Groceries Apparel

Unprecedented times call for interesting gifts. With many essential businesses making face-coverings mandatory upon entrance, washable and reusable masks are the sustainable way to go. Plus, when you buy three masks, three get donated to essential services.

These masks are made from GMO-free organic cotton, which is grown using no pesticides or fertilizers, thereby lessening the water pollution from agricultural runoff. Sustainable farming methods such as these reduce water usage and encourage biodiversity.

Shop | $15-30

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 product 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.

This 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. Terra Cotta Reusable Bag | Outerknown

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Your mom will love bringing this reusable produce bag to the grocery store or the farmer’s market.

In the United States alone, people use over 100 billion plastic bags and wraps per year. And most of the plastic grocery bags are used for just 12 minutes. By using your own reusable bags each time you shop, you can reduce your footprint by lowering production emissions and plastic pollution.

Bonus: this bag is made with GOTS certified organic cotton and each purchase contributes 10 meals to kids and families in need through Feeding America!

Shop | $20

8. Animals Socks Box | Ten Thousand Villages

The purchase of this three-pack of animal socks 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.

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. Consider some handcrafted lavender oatmeal soap.
  2. Get your mom some mismatched socks that start conversations from Voyce Threads.
  3. Check out this natural dye kit from Outerknown.
  4. Peruse the beautiful handmade trinkets at Ten Thousand Villages.
  5. Shop our Women’s section.

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

*Article updated 4/30/21

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