Below are a collection of gifts produced both ethically and sustainably which I’ve bought for others, for myself – and of course – for my mother. I hope you have planned some serene and connecting moments to share with the one who made you, in celebration of the life you were given and the fine woman who took the time to raise you. May your mama feel loved and adored on Mother’s Day and every day forward, drenched in memories shared with you … and perhaps the odd consciously collected gift as a souvenir of the sentiments you reign down on her.
London based brand, Edge of Ember, works with global artisans to create a wearable collection of quality accessories. They’re committed to fair trade practices which support traditional craftsmen in Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal.
Rather than imposing foreign designs on another culture, each piece from Victoria Road is designed by a local design team allowing for inspiration to be drawn from the designer’s own cultural aesthetic and craft. Everyone in the production team works in Fair Trade workshops and are paid a living wage, receiving overtime pay, regular working day breaks, state pension fund benefits, and assistance with access to health care.
This female owned and operated online boutique, based in Winnipeg, Canada, ships globally and specializes in luxurious ethical and sustainable lingerie and swimwear. Azura is my go-to for any intimates, swimwear or loungewear with their conscious collection of aesthetically pleasing gear.
This unique bathroom accessory is made of natural volcanic pumice stone covered by hand-stamped copper and is ethically made in Turkey.
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This non-lather beauty bar is rich in minerals giving you all the benefits of swimming in saltwater home.
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Created by a French linen goods maker who has been around for 150 years, these machine washable oven mitts are made from durable 100% Belgian linen which is strong, pill-resistant, and anti-mould and -moth.
*TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES | Ceramic Measuring Spoons
There’s something special about measuring out your spices and potions with these hand-painted spoons that give the whole experience a measure of grace. These spoons are made using century old methods in the famous pottery village of Bat Trang, Vietnam, by artisans earning a fair wage.
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This collection of paper sacs are made from sustainable, lightweight textiles infused with a special blend of virgin pulp fibre and recycled felt which is manufactured through cultivation, not deforestation. The sacs are so flexible you can get them wet and reshape them like clay to your needs. Super useful for storing and shopping.
The biggest environmental impact of disposables happens before you buy the product in its creation, but unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. Typically, disposable cutlery is made from a type of plastic known as polystyrene 1, more commonly known as Styrofoam, a product which is difficult to recycle. For this reason, whether travelling or wandering through everyday life, it’s more sustainable to carry a spork.
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You can help your family members avoid adding to the heaps of coffee cups in our landfills by getting them one of these beauties to tote around. They’re stylish, practical and durable.
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*FOOD 52 | Bamboo Compost | $44.00
Americans throw away $165 billion worth of uneaten food yearly. Because our landfills produce methane, which is a more harmful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, that’s a big problem for the planet and its inhabitants. To battle this, composting is a huge help, and this bamboo compost is a stylish way to embark on that.
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Reduce plastic pollution and save your mama’s health by gettting her a reusable water bottle to use instead.
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Reusable produce bags are an easy and effective way of reducing plastic and paper waste.
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Made with 100% Lyocell Crepe, an eco-friendly fabric made from dissolving wood pulp which requires no chemical treatment in production, this Danish designed mask is produced ethically in India and is soft, light and cool, making it perfect for travel.
*DAVEK | Travel Umbrella
Davek offers an umbrella that is made to last, each one produced with a steel and fibreglass reinforced frame and 190 thread count canopy. They come with an Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee, which means if your umbrella decides to flake on you, as so many of mine did, they will repair or replace it for free. This is, undoubtedly, a thoughtful and useful gift for anyone dwelling in rain-prone cities.
SHOP ONLINE | $49.00
Dedicated to creating Peshtemals, Luks Linen offers exceptional craftsmanship, done by artisans paid a fair wage, complete with a 20-year-free-fixing-guarantee for any natural deterioration of the product. Peshtemals are super diverse and can be used as towels, scarves, wraps, sarongs, throws, and knotted bags making them the perfect diverse gift to own or travel with.
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Make sure your mama travels in style with this eco, ethically produced passport holder made from upcycled tyre, that would otherwise have gone to landfill by artisans in Cambodia.