Eco-Friendly Gifts For Mom This Mother’s Day

Alex Crane

The Campo Sweater from the Brooklyn-based brand, Alex Crane, is a spring-ready classic made in a very modern way.

The Campo Sweater is 3D-knitted in St. Louis, MI using pure, unblended 100% Italian merino wool. 3D-knitting reduces textile waste, as only the material that’s needed is used, and reportedly creates a longer lasting garment with a stronger weave and fewer seams.

OSEA

Osea’s body butter made with undaria algae is thick, luxurious, and works. It’s part of a new range of products featuring seaweed in skincare.

California-based Osea was one of the first companies to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products, an initiative from the Environmental Working Group, which aims to ensure that products are “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.” For twenty years, the company has been lobbying for safe skincare, meeting with legislators in Washington DC and Sacramento. In addition, OSEA is Climate Neutral Certified, working with non-profit Climate Neutral to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, the company offset 100 percent of its carbon footprint, and continues to do so annually. Lastly, they support a variety of non-profits who are working on regenerative farming and clean oceans.

So buy mom beautiful skincare, but know that the mother-daughter duo behind Osea are also working towards making cleaner products for people and planet.

Almond Cow

If mom is experimenting with her milk of choice, the Almond Cow makes it easy to make plant-based milks free of any additives, flavors, and gums. In addition, the leftovers — such as the pulp of cashews, coconuts, almonds — can be added to recipes, resulting in very little waste.

It’s not just good for making milks: Almond Cow’s website has dozens of ideas for drinks, dips, soups that can also be made using the device. While a somewhat pricey investment upfront, it allows for customization and homemade, fresh milk — and some entertainment in the kitchen.

Magic Hour Matcha Tea Set

Zhena, a Ukrainian Romani, runs Ojai-based Magic Hour, a Women-owned, operated, and managed tea company, that aims to create safe spaces for women through tea circles. Magic Hour hosts virtual tea ceremonies with thousands of women across the globe. A proponent of the fair-trade tea movement, she takes care in sourcing her teas, including the organic ceremonial grade matcha which comes in a gift box with an artisanal whisk, handmade, and matcha spoon — a beautiful luxury for mom to start her day with.

Pact

Made with organic cotton from India’s cotton farms and manufactured in a Fair Trade Certified facility in the country, Pact’s new ribbed collection — which also features a matching legging — is a wonderful addition to mom’s spring wardrobe. It’s comfy, practical, and ideal for upcoming warmer days ahead. Colorado-based Pact has been making everyday essentials out of organic cotton, working only with fair trade factories for years now in an effort to make daily basics eco-friendly.

Lady Falcon Coffee

Specialty coffee company founded and run entirely by women out of San Francisco’s Outer Sunset District, The Lady Falcon Coffee Company is launching three new coffee-cherry tea blends—Chai, Hibiscus, and Rose Petal—featuring the dried outer cherry from the coffee plant. Paired with organic flowers and spices, these teas are woman-grown, sourced, and crafted.

Founder Buffy Maguire began learning about a tea made from coffee plants and its benefits on sourcing trips. Sometimes called cascara (not to be confused with cascara sagrada, she notes), this tea is made from the outer pulp of a coffee cherry and is reportedly flush with antioxidants. Brewing it is an ancient tradition deep within Yemen, Ethiopia, and other coffee-producing countries, she says, where drinking coffee cherries blended with spices as a tea is more common than having coffee itself. Her cascara teas come from a female coffee producer in the Nicaraguan mountains. And she says, they’ll provide mom a burst of energy, but will not affect her sleep since they’re low in caffeine.

Biom

Newly launched Biom is a biodegradable wipes company. If mom likes everything clean — and stylish, she’ll appreciate the aesthetics of Biom, since they’re debuting with storage containers that are stylish enough to sit on your countertop. Combined with Biom’s vision to replace plastic-based wipes (yes, many commercial cleaning wipes are made with plastics), they’re 100% plant-based and biodegradable made with only natural ingredients.

Biom partnered with Plastic Bank, a non-profit committed reducing plastic waste: every Biom product contributes to the company’s annual commitment of stopping 45.5 tons of plastic from entering the ocean, the equivalent of 2.27 million single-use plastic bottles.

Being transparent, they’re also actively working towards producing our dispensers out of recycled ocean plastic. This requires commitment to purchase pellets in large volumes; As the company grows, this becomes possible.

Grove

For moms looking to transition to a zero-waste bathroom, these shampoo bars by Grove have something for her and her little ones. Grove’s Peach Not Plastic collection launched in October 2020. Now they’re launching Peach Kids collection as part of Grove’s comprehensive plan to be 100% plastic-free by 2025. What’s key is that these shampoo bars do work, and cater to all different hair types. Plus, they have a selection of multi-purpose bars that double as shampoo and soap! So if mom wants to simplify her (and her family’s) bathroom regime, these are a simple, cost-effective addition. Store them away water, and they’ll last for months.

Miir

If mom’s in need of a new bottle/cup for go, California Miir has just launched a Climate+ collection that contains 25% less stainless steel, no virgin plastic and 110% of its carbon footprint offset. Available as a tumbler (12oz/16oz) or wide mouth bottle (20oz), Climate+ is made from ultralight 18/8 stainless steel with Thermo 3D double-wall vacuum insulation and a 100% recycled and recyclable food-safe lid. An added bonus is that designs are lighter too. And ofcourse all of Miir’s products are 100% BPA free.

MiiR is a certified B Corporation, 1% for the Planet member and for the second year in a row, a Climate Neutral Certified brand. All MiiR products contain a unique Give Code, allowing customers the power to connect with the company’s transparent giving initiatives. As of today, MiiR has given over $2.6 million to 200 organizations working across 20 countries towards social and environmental change.

Spring & Mulberry

New food company Spring & Mulberry, based out of North Carolina, comes from two women who had built careers in the corporate sector, including working for other notable food brands, but wanted to build something of their own. Their first product is a date-sweetened chocolate bar that comes in a variety of flavors — including unique ones such as mango & Urfa chili, and lavender, bee pollen & rose petal. After dealing with cancer, co-founder Kathryn Shah was keen to find sweet treats that were healthier for her and yet elegant and indulgent. Not having seen a date-sweetened chocolate bar on the market, she teamed up with Sarah Bell to create bars that are visually delightful and yet made with very few, simple high quality ingredients that the duo take time to source. Mom will certainly appreciate this luxurious chocolate — and so will her health.

Bamboozle

This set of trays and cups is made from a plant-based material that’s not only biodegradable but also dishwasher and microwave safe. Bamboozle has been experimenting with alternative materials to see how kitchen goods can break down faster. Their latest, this Astrik material, is designed to break down in 2 years, made with 85 percent plant-based materials and 15 percent bamboo fibers. In comparison to other bamboo-based materials (which do also break down, but take 20 years to do so), this is a much shorter time span. Despite their biodegradability, they hold up well and can come in handy for outdoor events, picnics, etc.

United by Blue

This is UBB’s first-of-its-kind denim line made with GOTS-certified organic cotton. The Organic Wide Leg Jean is particularly versatile for spring with warmer days and has just a touch of spandex for an ideal fit. Available in white or the classic denim. Philadelphia-based B Corp. United by Blue remove one pound of trash for every product sold and routinely organize trash cleanups in their communities, as well as sending out kits around the country to have people join from all over in removing plastic from our public spaces.

The Organic Skin Co.

The Organic Skin Care Co., a New Zealand-based skincare and makeup brand, has products not only made with organic and clean ingredients but CO2 extractions, a technology that uses pressed carbon dioxide to pull the desired phytochemicals from plants, resulting in more concentrated , whole and pure ingredients than conventional extractions. All their products are packaged, including this daily rituals moisturizer, are packaged in recyclable glass containers with bamboo lids (that can be composted in your backyard, if you wish).

Ilia

For mom that likes to keep it simple and minimal with her makeup, this limited-edition palette has three new and three bestselling shades of Ilia’s Multi-Stick. The creamy, multi-use formula can be warmed up with your fingers, and applied on lips, cheeks, and eyes. Bonus: The mirror-free palette is easily recyclable through normal curbside service, and uses clean ingredients such as shea butter, avocado oil, and orange peel wax.

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