It just so happens that Mother’s Day lands on the same weekend we are celebrating World Fair Trade Day! It also comes a few weeks after Earth Day and some are even suggesting celebrating Mother Earth Day. The great thing about all these holidays falling so near each other is that you can purchase your Mother’s Day gift while celebrating Fair Trade and the Earth. We have come up with a fun list of ethical gifts to give your mom, whether they be Fair Trade or eco-friendly, they’re sure to bring a smile to any Mother’s face.

Mother’s Day Ethical Gift Guide

Re-cycled Cards: Every Mom loves a card that expresses her child’s love. Rather than spending $5 on a store-bought card, make one out of old cards and paper around the house. This is an especially fun project with small children, as they will enjoy making something for Mom. There are tons of great sites online that will give you ideas. Here are a few we like: Recycled Items, e-How, and Mother’s Day Cards.

Organic Herbs: If your Mother has a green thumb, check out some of these great gift ides. We love the Growbottle, which are indoor hydro-gardens. The look is modern and sleek and you can choose from organic chives, basil, oregano, mint, and parsley. Just pick out your gardening Mom’s favorite herb or buy her the whole set. Another great idea is to give her a set of organic seeds which she can grow in her outdoor garden. Seeds of Change is a wonderful resource and you should be able to find organic seed packets at any local hardware/garden store.

Fair Trade Goodies:  No mother can so no to a goodie basket! Try putting together your own basket of Fair Trade treats. Chocolate is a great place to start. Fortunately, Fair Trade chocolate is made in many forms from bars to truffles. You can also add  Fair Trade wine or vodka to eat with the candies. If your Mom doesn’t drink, check for Fair Trade soda, tea, or coffee.

Fair Trade Scarves:  No Mom can deny a good scarf, especially if it comes with an ethical background. Luckily Fair Trade scarves are fairly easy to find.  There are a lot of lovely scarves to be found at Fair Trade stores such as Ten Thousand Villages, World of Good, and Global Good Partners, all who carry Fair Trade products. We especially love the”Block Printed Scarf” from Global Good Partners.

Green Jewelry: And we don’t mean the color here. There are plenty of great eco-friendly jewelry on the market. If you are looking for something to really dazzle your Mother, check out Green Karat. They use recycled gold, silver, and gems and never use diamond mining in their jewelry. If you are looking for something a little less fancy, check World of Good and Etsy for recycled or eco jewelry. We personally love these Fair Trade and eco bracelets from the Andean Collection. They are made with the  Tagua nut, harvested from the forest floor.

Fair Trade/Organic Flowers: We know our Mothers love getting flowers for Mother’s Day, so if you want to go this route, you have an ethical choice. Take a look at Organic Style.  Not only are many of their flowers organic with high labor standards, their vases and packaging are recycled and they purchase carbon offsets. You can choose from beautiful roses to Spring mixed bouquets.

Fair Trade/Organic Tee: If your Mom is the laid back type that likes to wear her heart on her sleeve. Why not get her this organic, Fair Trade certified tee from Autonomie Project. When she wears it, she can promote her and your philosophy of Fair Trade. She’ll not only think of you while wearing it, but spread the values of Fair Trade.


This weekend is Mother’s Day and what a perfect time to show your love and admiration for the lady who gave birth to you.  There are many ways to give thanks to your Mother, but we at AP put together a great list of ways to show your love for your Mom and the world. You can support fair trade, thus supporting the worker’s of the word and their communities and celebrate your Mom. In honor of upcoming World Fair Trade Day we have put together a little Fair Trade Mother’s Day Guide. Needless to say, Mom would be proud!

Fair Trade Mother’s Day Gifts

1) Flowers:  I know my Mom absolutely loves receiving flowers on any day, but especially if they come with high standards. You can purchase fair trade flowers at a number of retailers including Whole Foods, 1-800 Flowers, FTD Flowers, and One World Flowers.  All these websites and retailers carry beautiful fair trade certified roses. Also, Organic Style offers organic, eco friendly, locally grown, and Fair Labor Practices & Community Benefits™ Certified flowers.

2) Chocolates: Who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Luckily there are wonderful fair trade goodies out there to praise your lovely Mother. Sweet Earth Chocolates has an adorable heart shaped gift box of fair trade chocolates.  Sjaak‘s also makes great gift packs of fair trade truffles and chocolates, plus they have vegan varieties as well.

3)  Gifts: There are terrific fair trade gifts out there ranging from jewelry to dishware to even art. You can find adorable gifts at great fair trade retailers such as Ten Thousand VillagesGlobal Exchange, and World of Good.  We especially love Global Exchange’ssuggestions for Mother’s Day which include gift baskets, hand bags, and yummy soaps!

4) Coffee & Tea: Most Mom’s love coffee or tea or both! A perfect gift for a Mom who loves either is a basket full of fair trade coffees and teas. Look to several companies such as Equal ExchangeNumi, and Grounds for Change for some ideas.  If you’d rather spend some quality time with her, why not take her to one of your favorite fair trade coffee or tea shops for an afternoon time out.

5) The New Mom: If you have a sister, friend, or cousin who is a brand new Mom, think about getting her some fair trade spa items to relax. Global Exchange has some terrific baskets filled with fair trade soaps and lotions to soothe anyone’s soul. You can also get her some fair trade goodies for her newborn, which could include fair trade baby clothes or toys.

6) Gifts That Keep Giving: Instead of spending money on a specific gift, you may want to make a donation in your Mother’s name. There are a number of fair trade organizations you can donate to such as the Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Resource Network, or World Fair Trade Organization.  Give your Mother the gift that keeps on giving across the world.

She gave birth to you and like most Americans, you want to show her your appreciation for all her love and affection. Yet many of the traditional gifts for Mother’s Day are not sustainable for our main Mother, Earth. As with most holidays and products, this does not have to be the case! There are ethical alternatives to gifts for your lovely Mom and we have gathered a quick list of ideas. Be sure your Mother’s Day thanks both your Mom and the Earth! And if your Mom is anything like mine, she will love the extra effort! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies of the world.

1) Flowers that Matter: You can ask almost any florist shop, Mother’s Day is one of their busiest holidays. The problem is many flowers are grown by conventional means and on large plantations. However, there are ethical flowers out there. There are Fair Trade Certified Roses available at Whole Foods and various locations. Also, check out the site Organic Style, they offer all organic flower delivery, as well as Fair Trade roses and California Grown flowers. All their packaging, gift cards, and even shipping methods are recycled or eco-friendly. They also have a wonderful program called Flowers For Good, where a portion of your order will be donated to various organizations ranging from Green America to Breast Cancer Fund and even the Humane Society!

2) Feel Good Chocolates: If your Mom is more of a sweet tooth, think about getting some delicious and socially conscious Fair Trade and Organic chocolates. Luckily you have a lot of great options out there. Coco Zen makes a great line of Fair Trade truffles that even come in a reusable Tiffin (a tin used as a lunch box in India). They have vegan varieties and also have a line of chocolate inspired eco- friendly bath items, as well as some adorable gift sets! If you are looking for something in the vegan world look no further than Sjaak’s! Their assortments are not only animal free, they are organic and Fair Trade certified. And if you want something a little fancier, check out Sweet Earth Chocolates. Their handcrafted gourmet turtles and truffles are organic and Fair Trade and can be made vegan!

3) Long Lasting Gifts: Even though chocolates and flowers make exceptional gifts for your Mom, you may want something that lasts a little longer. There are plenty of Eco-friendly and Fair Trade gifts that will delight your Mother. Global Exchange’s online store has a number of great Fair Trade gifts ranging from jewelery to pottery and even belts! World of Good has put together a Fair Trade Mother’s Day Gift Guide with hundreds of great ethical gift suggestions. If your Mother is more of the spiritual or fitness type, you may want to check out Gaiam. They have a line of eco-friendly yoga mats as well as Fair Trade gifts for your spirit. Also, if you are looking specifically for Earth friendly gifts EConscious Market is another helpful gift site! Running low on time? Find a local Fair Trade store or see if there is a Ten Thousand Villages in your area.

4) Alternative Greeting Cards: Although gift cards can be beautiful and send a sweet message, many of them wind up in landfills or hopefully the recycle bin. This year think about skipping the card all together! If you are giving a gift, let it stand for itself. Maybe you live far from Mom and need to send her something, this year try sending an E-Card. There are hundreds of Free E Card companies out there.  If you feel you must give a card think about making a postcard on the back of a nice photo, your Mom will not likely toss a beauty like you! Also, you can make your own paper out of junk mail and turn it into a beautiful card. If you really are not the crafty type, there are a few eco-friendly card companies out there including Eco-Expressions. You can find several brands of eco-friendly greeting cards on Pristine Planet’s site.

5) Homemade Treats: Maybe you are a little low on funds or you just want to make a homemade gift for Mother’s Day. Making your Mom an organic and/or vegan dinner or just dessert usually goes well in my experience. Most Moms love to be pampered and could use some tasty organic treats. Our blog has a backlog of delicious vegan and some organic recipes for main dishes as well as desserts. You can also, look to a few great recipe sites such as Choose Veg, Vegan Dad, and Fresh Organic Recipes. There is no doubt a home cooked meal or dessert will warm your Mother’s heart, so put your apron on and start cooking!

6) Donate in Her Name: A great gift that both your Mother and your conscious will appreciate is a donation in her name. There are literally thousands of organizations to donate to, so pick one dear to your Mother’s heart or choose an environmentally friendly organization. If you are not sure which to choose, check out the site Changing the Present, which allows you to choose from hundreds of non profits and send the donations as gifts.

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