This Mother’s Day give back to Mother Nature with these sustainable gift ideas for your mum.
There is a popular idea that mothers are generally greener than the broader population. Having children, especially for new mums, creates a higher sense of awareness about the environment, which brings about changes particularly in her relevant household behaviour.
Actress Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her role as environmentalist Erin Brockovich – but, it was the birth of her twins that inspired her green transformation. “I’ve always been an environmentalist,” she said, “but my life changed the day I had children. I realised that I wasn’t doing enough to protect the planet. I also realised how important it was for me to raise them to be conscientious people that are aware of their impact on the Earth.”
The majority of the people are resistant to affect change in their old, regular lifestyle habits. Becoming a mother is all about change, therefore adjustments are something that they are already going through. In addition, these pro-environmental changes adopted by new mums are really changes that benefit their own and their baby’s health and are ultimately cost-effective.
Take, for example, diapers and menstrual products. These two products have a huge ecological impact due to their single-use and throw away nature. In recent years, thanks to the rise of eco-mamas, there has been a boom of re-usable and zero-waste alternatives, which are convenient, easy to use, don’t pollute, and save women a large sum of money over the long term. There are several other innovative and environmentally sound products for everyday household needs.
Today, we are going to take a small peek into five sustainable alternatives that one can find in the bathroom of a typical eco-mama. There is nothing out of the ordinary in this bathroom. On the contrary, it is super simple.
1.) Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
These pads are used instead of cotton balls and wet-wipes, which are very unsustainable options. The pads are Oeko-Tex certified, meaning that they do not contain any chemicals or toxins in their manufacturing and come in different bright colours and patterns. They are washable and can be re-used for a long period of time. Price: €2.50. For more info click here.
2.) Sustainable Soap Bar
This soap bar is a great sustainable alternative to shower gels in plastic containers and conventional plastic-packaged soaps. They are made with natural ingredients, can be used on all skin types for hands, body or face and smell heavenly. This one is made with dried lavender flowers but there are other scents too. It comes in minimal and recyclable packaging. Price: €3.50. For more info click here.
3.) Natural Toothpaste
Besides being vegan and cruelty-free, this is a natural cleaning and whitening powder to use instead of the classic toothpaste in tube, which is typically made of plastic and aluminium. It comes in a small reusable tin, and contains only natural ingredients. This 35g tin will serve you for 5 months, with a twice-daily use. Price €8.99. For more info click here.
4.) Bamboo Toothbrush
Most standard toothbrushes are made from polypropylene plastic for the handle and nylon for the bristles. They are used for a few months and then last forever in landfills. On the other hand, bamboo is a completely natural material, doesn’t harm the environment when discarded, while the bristles are BPA-free nylon – and you can choose between soft, medium or hard. The packaging is recycled kraft paper. Price: €3.95. For more info click here.
5.) Natural Deodrant Sticks
Conventional deodorants are full of synthetic ingredients like parabens and aluminium, that are harmful to the body and to the planet. These deodorant sticks are natural, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and come in 7 different scents and 100% recyclable card tubes. The shea-butter makes them incredibly effective and moisturizing. Price: €7.99. For more info click here.
Other popular eco-friendly bathroom products include reusable metal safety razor, zero-waste shampoo & conditioner bars, wooden hairbrush, loofa body wash, compostable floss, biodegradable cotton buds, biodegradable toilet paper, the menstrual cup, reusable/washable menstrual pads, and undies, and other beauty products such as face wash that does not come in a plastic container.
If you are looking to buy a meaningful and useful Mother’s Day gift for the eco-conscious mum in your life, consider a gift box with some of the above sustainable alternatives.
Author: Zen D’Amato Gautam Editor: GITH
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