Eco Friendly Mothers Day Tips
So here comes yet another holiday approaching that you may either be dreading (because of nosy in-laws) or looking forward to because you love your mama a whole lot. Either way we shouldn’t ignore the environmental whispers swirling in our heads when planning to attend a mother’s day event or host one. The holiday dedicated to mothers and grandmothers should naturally incorporate the “Mother Earth” theme. So let’s go over some of things we can do to approach this celebration while keeping the environment in mind.
For some odd reason, people always feel the need to buy roses for every occasion when there are a slew of other really cool plants and gifts to give. If you are new to the eco friendly lifestyle one piece of advice: stay away from roses (unless you grow them yourself or they are local.) Most roses are grown by workers with unfair wages in Latin countries and are pretty much dipped in pesticides. Alright so they may not be dipped but there’s a lot!
Personally, I think a cactus or succulent is way cooler than a dozen chemically laden roses that will, let’s face it, end up in the trash weeks later. There are a wide range of bold colorful palettes and dramatic unique shapes of cacti and succulents and they happened to be eco friendly. First of all, they take VERY little water- that’s resources saved. They take zero maintenance or chemicals-, which mean they’re toxic-free, and they are long lasting making them sustainable. In addition, they are the emerging style of plant for new enthusiastic gardeners seeking out a vivid style of xeriscaping (which is a low maintenance form of gardening i.e eco-friendly gardening.)
Regarding cooking and hosting think of fresh and organic ingredients. After all, it is summer for most of us and people often crave lighter meals with the hot weather. Avoid sparking up the charcoal grill and try to minimize cooking over the hot stove. This will all help with reducing carbon emissions and energy. You can make things like hearty salads packed full of nuts and cranberries, sundried tomato basil pasta dishes, or little toasts topped with hummus and avocado for appetizers. A great place to look for wholesome healthy organic meals is Pintrest. The food on there will make your mouth water and they have a ton of great ideas for party planning to boot.
If you really want to show your appreciation for your mom just take a look at some of the inspiring and thoughtful one of a kind gifts they have on etsy. The online gift center of handcrafted goodies is packed full of upcycled, recycled, and sustainable presents. You will be surprised at the options. Don’t go out and buy a cliché card either, just write on a sticky note a simple heartfelt phrase telling her how special she is. Trust me, it doesn’t matter what it’s written on or how it is said as long as it’s genuinely expressed.
If you play an instrument you can write her a song from the soul. Instead of a wrapped gift you might consider buying her concert tickets or something where she can pamper herself like a gift card from a salon to get her hair done.
So don’t forget about your mom on mother’s day this year and come up with something unique this year while keeping the earth in mind. Getting a gift that has a little eco-story behind it or something special about it gives you the opportunity to explain why it’s important to the earth. Makes for a great conversation among family too! So throw caution to the wind and step outside the hallmark box!
For the recipe on Hummus Guacamole Toasts Visit Food Blogger Jenna’s Website on Eat, Live, Run
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