Ever since 1914, we’ve reserved the second Sunday in May as a day to celebrate the mothers in our lives. This year, you may be saying thank you to your own amazing mother, a mother figure in your life or some of your hard-working friends who are mothers. But as with all commercial holidays, there’s often an unintended environmental cost that comes with our day of giving. So let us help you celebrate an eco-friendly Mother’s Day this year without sacrificing anything for Mom. After all, what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to honor our birth mother and our earth mother?
For Moms Who Love Flowers
Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on flowers this year for Mother’s Day. While we know that Mom loves flowers, why not try something a little different this time around? If she has a green thumb, you can give her a blooming flower plant, some spring bulbs or even a dwarf tree. If she has more of a green pinky, consider an air-purifying indoor plant like a peace lily or a low-maintenance succulent. Giving the gift of a live plant is the perfect way to say thanks for giving me life!
For Moms Who Love Culture
An amazing and sustainable way to tell Mom you love her is to give the gift of an experience. Find good seats for a play or concert that she would enjoy. Buy her tickets to a museum exhibition or a film screening on a topic that interests her. If Mom is a reader, give her a digital subscription to her favorite magazine or news outlet. It’s a great way to say thanks for all the things she has taught you over the years!
For Moms Who Love Jewelry
This year, Americans are planning to spend $4.6 billion on jewelry for Mother’s Day. If you know a mom who loves getting jewelry as a gift, we recommend finding her next favorite necklace or earrings from a company that sells fair-trade or recycled jewelry. Whether she’s a princess of pearls, a bohemian bead lover or a modern mom, we guarantee you can find sustainably made and beautiful pieces that she will love. Personally, we can’t stop drooling over the beautiful collections at Raven + Lily, Brilliant Earth, Soko and Bead for Life. If you don’t have time to wait for shipping, you can also do a quick search of sustainable jewelry in your area to find nearby retailers.
For Moms Who Mostly Love You
If you’re lucky enough to have your mom nearby, go see her! The best way to celebrate an eco-friendly Mother’s Day is to skip all the material stuff and focus instead on simply spending time together. You can avoid the crazy restaurant rushes by fixing a picnic with Mom’s favorite finger foods and enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Just don’t forget to bring your own plates and cutlery to keep it eco-friendly!
However you choose to celebrate the mothers in your life this year, use Pavemint to find parking and get to your time with Mom faster, happier and greener!