Gift-giving is an important part of every celebration all over the world
The idea of gift-giving is such an important part of many religions, philosophies, and cultures. Unfortunately, we tend to go overboard with it. As a result, it creates a significant amount of waste.
Every holiday season, there is a 25 percent increase in trash generation. And I’m pretty sure that a large part of it is due to metallic or plastic gift wraps, which let’s face it, are not even recyclable.
So this can be a problem, especially if you don’t want to add more to the pollution plaguing our oceans. As a surfer, I’ve seen how trash has been polluting the surfing spots that I love and I understand how mindless gift giving can contribute to that.
So if you want to give a gift this Mother’s Day, here are my top picks of sustainable presents for your ocean-loving mom.
- Adopt a Marine Species
- Surprise Her with a SteriPen Adventurer Opti
- Get Her a Pair of Stylish Eco-friendly Footwear
- Give Her a Green Yoga Mat
- Buy Her a Wave Tribe Surfboard Travel Bag
- Shop Around for Some Poofy Organic Cosmetics
- Replace Her Drinking Bottle with a Daniel Glass Water Bottle
- Purchase a Zero Waste Starter Kit for Her
- Send Her a Fresh Bouquet of Flowers
- Splurge on Eco-Jewelry
1. Adopt a Marine Species
Instead of buying your mom another consumer item, how about donating to a conservation project in her name instead? Oceanic Society’s Adopt a Species Program is an excellent idea to showcase your concern for the environment.
Symbolic animal adoptions support conservation programs and partners in their initiatives to study and protect ocean wildlife worldwide. You can adopt a bottlenose dolphin from Belize, a humpback whale from the Eastern Pacific, or an albatross from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. All adoptions come with a certificate of adoption plus updates about the programs you are supporting.
If your mom loves to support conservation projects, Oceanic Society's Adopt a Species Program will be a good gift to her.
Photo by: Oceanic Society
2. Surprise Her with a SteriPen Adventurer Opti
If your mom loves the outdoors, she'll love this compact water purifier.
Photo by: SteriPen
If your mom is the itinerant sort, she will definitely find this compact water purifier very handy for outdoor travels.
The SteriPen can perform up to 60 purification treatments per set of batteries, providing you with clean, fresh water, wherever you may be. It destroys more than 99.9 percent of harmful microorganisms, including Giardia, bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. What’s more, the water sensor doubles as an LED flashlight. It’s very practical and useful.
3. Get Her a Pair of Stylish Eco-friendly Footwear
You know that an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean each year, right? Well, here’s one way you can contribute to the demand for recycling plastic.
Rothy’s washable footwear is made from repurposed plastic waste. The insoles, in particular, are made from other recycled shoes. Not only does your mom get a pair of sustainable shoes, but it’s also packed in biodegradable boxes made from 85 percent recycled stuff. It’s even resealable so that she won’t need packaging tape should she want to return her pair (not that she’d find any reason to).
These sustainable and washable sandals from Rothy's would be a great gift to any mom.
Photo by: Rothy's
4. Give Her a Green Yoga Mat
This eco-friendly yoga mat from Suga is made from recycled wetsuits and would be a great gift to a yoga enthusiast mom.
Photo by: Suga
We don’t mean the color green. If you’ve got a mom or a wife who is a yoga enthusiast, what better gift to give her than an eco-friendly yoga mat.
We surfers enjoy an intimate bond with the ocean through our surfing. But even we are not immune to the struggles of reducing our carbon footprint. For far too long, our neoprene wetsuits are complicit in the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
At Suga, their yoga mats are made from recycled wetsuits. These mats are also recyclable at the end of their lifespan. By their estimates, they have collected 12,547 wetsuits and diverted 32 tons of neoprene from landfills ever since they started this venture. It’s a laudable initiative, right?
5. Buy Her a Wave Tribe Surfboard Travel Bag
If you’ve got a surfer-mom or wife, then she’ll totally dig in Wave Tribe’s best-selling surfboard travel bag.
Their bags are made from hemp which is sustainable and durable. According to Inertia, one “simply can’t ruin this bag.” Not only is it indestructible, it also has more padding than any other bag on the market. The bags have thick foam inserts at the nose and tail, and the entire thing is just a little thicker than a regular bag. It’s the perfect bag to lug in the boards during surf travels.
If your mom loves surfing, get her one of Wave Tribe's Hemp Surfboard Travel Bag. It fits 2-3 boards and will protect her boards wherever she goes.
With these options, gift giving need not be a wasteful exercise in consumerism.
— Derek Dodds, Wave Tribe Founder
6. Shop Around for Poofy Organic Cosmetics
If your mom loves makeups, get her Poofy Organics' cosmetic product. It will not only make her more beautiful, but it'll also protect her skin.
Photo by: Poofy Organics
This family-run artisanal business focuses on using natural and organically produced ingredients for their products. They are also environmentally wrapped so the packaging has minimal impact on the environment.
7. Replace Her Drinking Bottle with a Daniel Glass Water Bottle
Disposable plastic water bottles generate more than 121 million tons of waste every year. By switching to a reusable water bottle, you can reduce that number by 240 bottles annually—and what better way to do so than with the stylish Daniel bottle?
The 20oz bottle is made from BPA-free glass and features a silicon sleeve in whimsical colors. It keeps your drinks toxin-free and eradicates the plastic or metallic taste which is common in other types of reusable water bottles. Also, the company donates 10% of its net profits to charitable organizations that focus on reducing plastic pollution.
Get your mom this glass water bottle from Daniel. It's reusable and help reduce the need for disposable plastic water bottles.
Photo by: Daniel
8. Purchase a Zero Waste Starter Kit for Her
Help your mom start her new trash-free life and get this Zero Waster Starter Kit from Package Free.
Photo by: Package Free
If your mom isn’t on the eco-bandwagon yet, then this could be a useful gift for her to start being conscious of her eco-footprint.
The Zero Waste Starter Kit will make her get prepared to start her new trash-free life with an 18oz water bottle, 12oz insulated mug, bamboo utensils set, stainless steel straw, 100% organic cotton produce bag, 100% organic cotton net produce bag, two airtight stainless steel containers, a bamboo toothbrush, and a beeswax food wrap variety pack. It all comes in a double-sided tote bag that reads “Think Outside the Box,” so she can carry her zero-waste kit wherever she goes.
9. Send Her a Fresh Bouquet of Flowers
If you don’t want to join in the mass consumerism of Mother’s Day, giving her a bouquet of flowers is one of the best sustainable gift ideas to show your love for her. You’ll never go wrong with a fresh bouquet.
When buying from the farmers market, you can typically get your flowers to go without the plastic wrap. I get them wrapped in one sheet of newsprint. They look a little rustic, but I don't have to worry about dripping water on the floor or in my bag.
Best of all, the flowers can be composted after they wilt.
You can never go wrong with a bouquet of flowers. Give your mom one this Mother's Day and she will surely love it.
10. Splurge on Some Eco-jewelry
If you have some extra money to spend, get your mom a handcrafted artisan jewelry from Unicef Market. It's sustainably-sourced and has a low carbon footprint.
Photo by: Unicef Market
If you’ve got money to spend for some bling, sustainably-sourced jewelry is a great gift idea that has a low carbon impact on the environment.
Unicef Market’s handcrafted artisan jewelry is special because each piece is created by artisans who are completely devoted to their craft. The designs are stylish and modern, elegant and understated. Most of all, every fair trade purchase helps UNICEF save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children, a goal that any mother would definitely approve.
With these options, gift giving need not be a wasteful exercise in consumerism. So from all of us here at Wave Tribe, Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
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