zero waste mothers’ day gifts

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zero waste toiletries from nothing nastyI’ve been scouring the internet for some earth friendly mother’s day gifts. I’m sure you’ve all seen some great things too, so let’s share our resources!

From WWF, I found a fabulous herbs starter set. There are 8 small GLASS (yipee!) jars, containing 7 organic dried herbs and a pot of sea salt. It’s presented in a recycled cardboard box and is perfect for refilling.

Elin from nothing nasty has a great range of organic, natural toiletries. These come in glass bottles, which can be sent back for refilling – Mum will be able to get 20% off her refil for her troubles! See my review of mandarin castile shampoo.

There are other companies who sell zero waste toiletries too, check them out in our ‘Cosmetics companies who refil and recycle‘ article.

If flowers are the order of the day, then think before you buy or Mum might be left with some packaging to dispose of. Mrs A sent me a wiggly wigglers bouquet which got 10/10 for zero waste packaging, with biodegradable cellophane, rafia ribbon and coir to keep the stems fresh. You’ll have to put in a specific request though.

Try Cocoa Loco for zero waste chocolates. Not only are these beauties organic, but re use, reduce and recycle are watchwords in their business. All of the packing sent to you can be recycled or composted.

What about you? What will you be thinking of this year for a zero waste mothers’ day gift? Any ‘stuff’ free examples such as cooking their favourite meal or sharing an experience together?

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Dormouse says:

    Told my tribe that the best present they could give me was to tidy their rooms!! ….watch this space!!

  2. LOL, I agree with Dormouse on that one and I think they could make me some lunch too. But some flowers would be lovely. Great article Mrs G…won’t be long until Mother’s Day is right upon us 😀 x

  3. ruth_dt says:

    Some Thornton’s selection boxes are zero waste: cardboard box, paper padding, and no.1 plastic tray. I was very pleased. Green&Blacks as well, of course, as long as it isn’t shrinkwrapped.

  4. John Costigane says:

    @ruth_dt: Ruth, The black plastic trays may not be taken up from home recycling boxes. A problem is the lack of a complete recycling circle for new plastic uses.

    At Thorntons, I purchase loose chocolates for a home container, Zero Waste.

  5. Sally says:

    I am painting/decorating a teapot for my mum, i bought the teapot home in a reusable bag no other packaging and my glass/ceramic paints are in a glass jar which will eventually get reused or recycled. I wrote poems on plates and a mug for my sons birthday and decorated a tea set with my son for his other grandparents. we only wrap gifts in old bags/boxes etc no glamour here.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @Dormouse: Sounds like the perfect gift to me. not much chance of that here though, as LMG is in the middle of redecorating and it’s not a pretty sight!

    @Almost Mrs Average: I hope you get a lovely lunch, Mrs A. I won’t let anyone in the kitchen to cook for me, but perhaps Mr G could be incharge of himself and little miss …

    @ruth_dt: Hi Ruth; ah yes, I remember Mrs A finding some Thorntons chocs before Christmas and John’s idea is great too; buying in your own container. I guess you can then gift wrap them in a suitable way. An old tin might be a nice idea – a gift withint a gift 🙂

    @Sally: I love the sounds of your teapot Sally; I bet your Mum will be delighted with her gift. It will be original and filled with love. How perfect!

  7. Condo Blues says:

    Thank you for the reminder! I think I”m going to make my mom some salt scrub and package it in an empty glas yeast jar that I saved and washed out. I made some pepermint salt scrub for my mom last year for Christmas not sure if she would like it. Apparently she does because a month later she was raving about it and said that I could do that for her every year for Christmas and she’d be happy! Whew.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    That sounds gorgeous, condo blues – do you have a recipe you could share with us?

  9. VegBoxClara says:

    @condo blues: yes yes yes – do share! I want to do exactly the same for my mum : ) And given that I planted WAY too many tomato plants, I’m going to take one of those too. I have a floor to ceiling cupboard full to bursting with saved card and wrap and bits and pieces, so she’ll be getting a home-made card too I expect 🙂

  10. MrsJ says:

    You can’t beat a home made card and model off the children.

  11. Mrs Green says:

    @VegBoxClara: Hi Clara; a tomato plant sounds great – we haven’t even planted our seeds yet. perhaps I’ll get seeds for Mothers Day LoL!

    @MrsJ: Awwww, Mrs J and we know how artistic your kiddies are 🙂

  12. Condo Blues says:

    The peppermint salt scrub is very easy to make. I smashed up about a cup of peppermint candy/candy canes, mixed it in the jar with about a cup or more of white sugar depending upon the size of the jar you are using. Then pour enough olive or sunflower oil into the jar to wet everything down so it’s a paste. You can add essential oils to it put I didn’t and it still smelled wonderful!

    I did the some thing for myself minus the peppermint candy (because I ran out after making gifts!) and added some essential oils. My nice little girly eco-treat!

  13. Mrs Green says:

    Hi Condo Blues, I would never have thought it had candy in it LOL! what an intriguing sounding idea. I can almost smell it as I write 😀

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