Another year has gone by and spring is on the way again. Which also means Mother’s Day is approaching soon! We at EarthBits have decided that this year this day we will also celebrate Mother Nature and our beautiful natural world by championing better ways to celebrate this loving day in a sustainable and eco-friendly manner.
Each present idea is not only a lovely way of saying I love you to mum, but also an eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic, and an active solution to cut back on the unnecessary consumption and waste that this beloved celebration produces every year.
The usual most common presents usually gifted for Mother's Day are roses and chocolate. Our advice? Drop them this year and show Mother Earth some green love by choosing eco-friendly, plastic-free products instead.
Mother’s day is a day that means a lot to me. I am a mum myself, and my first daughter was actually born on Mother's Day, so it has a special place in my heart. I love to celebrate motherhood and family love, but I am also aware that this celebration also comes with a lot of waste and plastic. Most people end up gifting their mums chocolate or flowers, without realising what a terrible impact they have on the environment. In the UK, Mother’s day usually falls in March, which is still a very cold month and temperatures tend to still be quite chilly.
This means that 90% of the flowers that are available for sale in the UK around this time have all been imported from other countries, usually quite far away (South America or China). This has a very real impact on the environment, as these long journeys produce a lot of carbon while on their way to our local florist or flower section at a store. So all these beautiful bunches of flowers turn out to be pretty environmentally-unfriendly unless locally grown.
Big brands that make chocolate are also guilty of unethical practices. It has been estimated that the principal chocolate manufacturers in the world get their cocoa powder supplies mainly from 2 country: Ghana and the Ivory Cost. What is happening there is that the greed of these multinationals to produce more and more cocoa has turned the indigenous forest into cocoa plantations, and consequently wiping out the normal habitat where chimps and other wildlife would normally thrive.
However, as with many other celebrations, there are sustainable ways to celebrate motherly love, from naturally made soaps to kitchen compostable brushes, coconut bowls, eco-sponges and reusable makeup pads. Just make sure to choose sustainable gifts and show the planet you love it too!
To help with some better eco-friendly gift ideas, we have created our ultimate Mother’s day gift for a greener “I love you mum” day! There will definitely be something for everybody.
Heart-shaped, fully vegan bath bombs, what better present than gifting mum some well-deserved me-time? These bath bombs are made with organic ingredients for a truly natural relaxing experience, enhanced by the beautiful aromas of natural scents: Spiced Cedar, Rose Geranium and Eucalyptus and Rosemary. >>>
Treating your mum to luxury SPA experience doesn’t have to break the bank, and can actually avoid any plastic too. Get your mum the ultimate pampering session with this set inclusive of an exfoliating soap pouch, a natural loofah sponge and a scrubbing lavender soap bar. >>>
Time together is the best present of all, so let’s share the love and promise your mum you will be in charge of all the house cleaning for a day (or even a week?). This compostable, sustainable bundle of eco-brushes is made with sustainable natural materials such as coconut fibre, sisal and natural wood, and they are fully compostable at the end of life. >>>
Surprise mother with an Instagram-worthy, healthy breakfast in bed, served in a beautiful bowl made of discarded coconut shells. Granola, yoghurt, berries and banana will make her forget about the winter weather and make her dream of some exotic destinations, at least for one morning! Available with or without a handmade wooden spoon. >>>
These reusable, handmade scrubbers are not only so cute they will spice up mum’s kitchen, but they are also 100% sustainable, made with GOTS cotton, bamboo fibre and jute, perfect for washing up pots, pans and plates. Fully compostable too! >>>
These makeup remover pads come in 2 styles, one with velvet bamboo, which is soft and ideal for delicate skin types and removing eye shadow from the eye area, and another one with bamboo and cotton fabrics, more resistant and great for a deeper facial cleaning. Once used, she can wash them again and they are good to go again, and again and again! >>>
Better for our planet and bodies, a wide range of handmade, vegan and plastic free soaps is available together with handmade bamboo soaps. Cut down on plastic while saying I love you this year with a wonderful aromatic artisanal soap bar. Because classic presents always works. >>>
Providing a long-term solution to disposable plastic bags, these lovely and sturdy bread bags are aesthetically beautiful and super handy. They are perfect to bring to supermarkets or the local baker, and you could even fill them with some delicious treats. While also say goodbye to plastic bags. >>>
A beautiful gift set that includes a beautifully scented body wash and moisturiser. Both 100% vegan and made in the UK, the wonderful jasmine scent of these products will be the perfect gift to tell mum how much you care about her. It comes with recycled bottles so not a trace of plastic in sight! >>>
10. Organic soapnuts
The extraordinary ‘soap berry’ grows on trees in the Himalayas, and contains a natural cleansing agent to lift stains off clothes. This natural product is kind to all skin types, and comes with a handy muslin bag for storage. >>>
And remember, the best eco-friendly present is always time! Just spend the day with your mum is the best gift you can possibly give her!