From: Editor, ENN
Published May 1, 2014 03:11 PM

Thoughtfully green Mother's Day gifts for your mother and Mother Nature

No one is more special that your own mother”¦especially on Mother's Day. Celebrate your own mother and "Mother Nature" with one of these five great green gift ideas. These options offer a sustainable alternative to the chemical-laden flowers and mass-produced chocolates that dominate the market on Mother's Day.

 1. Buy eco-friendly flowers

Although they are a beautiful part of nature, flowers aren't always eco-friendly. Most flowers are grown with a slew of chemicals and pesticides. They also typically come from warmer climates, such as South America, and have to make a long temperature-controlled journey before they reach your door. Opt for a greener option instead. There are several companies that sell eco-friendly flowers that are organically and locally grown. You could also purchase a potted plant from your local nursery. Not only are potted plants greener, they typically last a lot longer than a fresh-cut bouquet.

2. Make a donation 

Instead of buying your mom a trinket or knickknack this year, buy her something that will make her feel good. Make a donation to her favorite charity or pick one you think she would want to support. Avoiding commercial products in favor of a donation can help reduce your environmental impact and help a worth charity make a difference in the world.

 3. Take her somewhere

If a donation isn't quite your mom's style, you can still get away with not buying a physical present. Instead, treat your mom to a special outing. Take her to an eco-friendly day-spa, out to a fancy dinner or take in a play at your local theater.

 4. Go Consumable

If you just have to purchase a physical gift, opt for something consumable. A nice bottle of wine makes a great gift. Once it's been consumed, the bottle can be recycled. A box of Fair Trade chocolate is another smart alternative. The chocolate is often produced through small-scale operations on sustainable farms. Plus chocolate is just delicious.

 5. Try recycled jewelry

Jewelry makes a great Mother's Day gift and there are lots of eco-friendly options on the market. A number of jewelry companies make jewelry out or recycled silver, gold or even glass. Another green option is to buy used jewelry at a flea market or antique store.

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