Mother's Day Gift Guide
Despite its bad rep as a Hallmark Holiday, Mother's Day has historic significance that pre-dates the sappy greeting cards, flowers, and candy: During the American Civil War, social activist Julia Ward Howe organized it as a way to unify women against war and promote nonviolence. To honor the day's original mission and say "Thanks Mom!" we've compiled a list of treats that will leave every type of mama-including Mama Earth-feeling peaceful and proud.
Call for climate action by hosting or finding a Mommy Meetup on Mother's Day weekend. Greenpeace is commemorating the powerful voice that mothers have by organizing gatherings across the country where families can voice phone messages calling for positive change. The messages will be turned into an online audio collage for Congress, the press, and the public to hear.
Paperless Greeting Cards
You could pick up a card...days in advance...go to the Post Office...stand in line...and mail it for a nice big carbon footprint...or for just $1, you can send mom unlimited VIDiGREETs in support of the video e-card's Million Moms For Mother Earth Program. All of the proceeds will go to ClimateChallenge.org, a project by the Energy Action Coalition which unites 46 organizations, over 700 local groups, and tens of thousands of young people across the U.S. and Canada to build a clean and just energy future.
Treating mom for dinner? We aren't surprised: According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is the most popular day for Americans to dine out. That's a lot of energy expended on restaurant equipment, food preparation, and non-renewable materials. If you can't whip up a homemade brunch for mom, use the Eat Well Guide to locate a local, sustainable restaurant. You'll both feel good chowing down on fresh, seasonal ingredients that are low-impact on your waistlines and the earth.
Flowers never go out of style. Make mom glow with a fresh bouquet of roses from Organic Style that arrive on her front step. The flowers are grown with minimal environmental impact using sustainable crop and ecosystem production and fair labor practices. Though mail order shipping isn't the greenest way to show you care, the blooms are packaged in a biodegradable corn-based sleeve. Bouquets range from $39.95-$79.95.