This Mother’s Day

 

How will you honor the mothers in your life?

Why not start by making it an eco-friendly day of celebration.

First, start with the greeting card. Save paper, ink and postage by sending an e-card this year. And, since most Moms love chocolate, gift her from Fair Trade chocolatiers like Sweet Earth, Dagoba and Green & Blacks Organic. In a neat twist, especially if Mom is a gardener, give her Garden Bon Bons. Warning, these chocolate truffles are NOT for eating. In reality they’re seed bombs (truffles containing seeds, compost and clay) made by the Seattle-based design firm Moulton. Don’t forget the flowers and be sure to make them Fair Trade flowers.  The latest buzz is all about up-cycle shopping and crafter Mom’s will love any of these handmade gifts. Naturally, our favorite online places to shop are Bette Recommends and Bette’s Boutique.

The best way to honor mothers is with what they want most – TIME – time with their children or grandchildren and friends. Spend the day with your Mom at your local farmer’s market. Or splurge on a trip to wine country (bio-dynamic and sustainable of course). A simple online search should turn up one near you. Does Mom enjoy an occasional glass of beer?  Make sure to tap the brew pub and craft brewers in your town who make mindful business decisions based on minimizing environmental impact, and being socially responsible contributors to their communities.

There are more and more sustainable options than ever before available to help us all make this Mother’s Day truly memorable. We’d love to hear about your choices and how you plan to make your Mother’s Day sustainable.

Also featured on May 8, 2013, in Baby Boomer Interests, by Bette Boomer

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