Ecofriendly Mother’s Day Gifts That Look Good, Give Back

by deborah on May 6, 2013 · 11 comments

in Culture, Doing Good, EcoStyle, Living Green

Ecofriendly Mother's Day Gifts That Look Good, Give Back

What better way to honor our mothers and the spirit of motherhood, than by giving mom a gift that literally supports other women. Millions of women worldwide wage a desperate daily struggle to make a living selling their artisan-quality goods, but find that they have limited access to profitable market opportunities.

When we buy gifts for mom from GlobalGirlfriend.com, a significant portion of the proceeds helps to support economic development for women in need by creating sustainable markets for their products, the education of girls and the empowerment of young women–in addition to small business seed money micro-grant and micro-credit programs run by young women for young women — benefiting themselves, their families, and ultimately their entire communities. Site purchases support the efforts of three key charities: Global Girlfriend, The Hope Faith Love Store, and The Pink Ribbon Store.

From organic cotton dresses to recycled totes to yoga mat bags, these Mother’s Day gift ideas from Global Girlfriend are all women made, fair trade and eco-friendly. All items can be purchased online from globalgirlfriend.com

Ugandan Organic Wax Cloth Yoga Bag

Ugandan Organic Wax Cloth Yoga Bag

Ugandan Organic Wax Cloth Yoga Bag

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You’ll inspire mom’s yoga practice–or encourage her to start one–when you gift her with one of these beautiful yoga bags. Designed with love and handcrafted from traditional wax cloth by talented women artisans in Uganda– each of these vibrant, colorful, 100% organic yoga bags is a unique work of art and sure to make your mom look good and feel good.

Organic Essentials Yoga Pants

Organic Essentials Yoga Pants

Organic Essentials Yoga Pants

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These super-soft, organic cotton yoga pants are good for the environment and good for your mom! Each garment is lovingly produced from seed to sewing machine at a non-profit employment program in the Tamil Nadu region of India–empowering 120 young women who are handicapped and/or economically disadvantaged, providing employment training and support along with food and accommodations. In addition, the program supports 300 local small organic farmers in the Maharastra area.

Recycled African Harmony Bracelet

Organic Essentials Yoga Pants

Recycled African Harmony Bracelet

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Hand made by artisans at Acacia Creations of Kenya, this colorful triple strand stretch bracelet combines eco-elements from all over Africa. Recycled glass, magazine paper beads, trade beads, charms, and ostrich eggshell are playfully strung between two strands of silver-toned Giriama beads making a cool fashion statement on mom’s arm.

Organic Africa Cowl Tank

Organic Africa Cowl Tank

Organic Africa Cowl Tank

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Meet your mom’s new go-to top!¬†Perfect for the work day or a night on the town this slimming 100% organic cotton tank with a flattering neckline and fitted styling at the sides, is made by seamstresses in Kampala, Uganda.

Recycled Magazine Inspiration Bracelet

Recycled Magazine Inspiration Bracelets

Recycled Magazine Inspiration Bracelets

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Your mom will be inspired by these meaningful pieces that spread love, peace, and hope when she wears them. Recycled magazine beads for each Inspiration Bracelet are hand made by women in Uganda then sent to Kenya to be made into beautiful jewelry by women artisans in Nairobi at Accacia Creations — supporting women and families in two countries.

Recycled Magazine Bead Wrap Earrings

Recycled Magazine Bead Earrings

Recycled Magazine Bead Earrings

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Not only will Mom look lovely in these wearable art, eco-friendly earrings, your purchase supports fair trade and fair wages for men and women in Kenya and Uganda. Handmade by women in Uganda from recycled magazines — individually hand-rolled and coated with a shiny lacquer to make them water resistant and durable — the beads are then fairly traded to Kenya for hand-stringing…transforming them into beautifully uncommon jewelry.

Congo Woven Carry-All

Congo Woven Carryall

Congo Woven Carryall

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Gifting your mom this handcrafted, fairly-traded woven carry-all made from naturally-dried, local grasses contributes to bringing sustainable economic opportunities to woman artisans in the Congo. The earthy colors are hand-dyed into the grass fibers using all-natural local vegetable dyes. Light and flexible yet extremely durable, mom can use these totes to carry everything from groceries to workout gear. Horrifying attacks and extreme sexual violence against women has been pervasive in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1994, with local authorities doing little to stop it or prosecute those responsible. Your gift helps artisans earn livelihoods and rebuild lives.

100% Recycled Concrete Sack

Recycled Cement Tote Bag

Recycled Cement Tote Bag

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When your mom carries this 100 recycled concrete sack to the grocery store or the local farmer’s market, she’ll feel good knowing that this gift helped enhance the lives of women artisans women in Bangladesh as they work to cement their futures.

What suggestions do you have for charitable or eco-conscious ways to gift mothers? Share your suggestions and comments below.