Updated: Oct 3, 2022
There's no such thing as a mom who isn't busy. She is often too busy to think of ways to pamper herself. To help show you're thinking of her this Mother's Day (or any other day of the year), we have come up with a list of eco-friendly gift ideas for busy moms. As always, they will be from Canadian brands that support a greener future.
Mom is synonymous with profound unconditional love, the endless caretaker, the eager cheerleader, the fearless go-getter, and the strength behind every child. Her work has evolved through the centuries, with each year adding more roles under her wonder belt. From being a stay-at-home individual to becoming an all-around person, 24 hours in a day is no longer enough. With that, all Moms can attest to the fact that it is not an easy feat to have a work-home-life balance, but they do their best with what they are presented with.
Now more than ever, Moms are feeling the pressure and the weight of having to balance the demands of both work and home life. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, give Mom the much-needed break she so rightly deserves. It may be just a day off to recalibrate for the day ahead or gift her with something that she can enjoy. You will be surprised that a simple gesture can give lasting pleasure and happiness.
Good Earth Gifting is your guide to eco-friendly gifting. We know the importance of gift-giving as a channel to spread the message of love but like to sprinkle in ways to a more sustainable future. Whether this message is coming from the giver or in the interest of the recipient, we believe that any time is an opportune time to think about the environmental impact of your purchases.
Read on for our top picks:
Company: Good Earth Gifting
An eco-friendly corporate gifting company whose mission is to make sustainability accessible to all businesses. Sourcing products from exclusively Canadian brands, they carry a number of gift boxes that would suit Moms everywhere.
Good Earth Gifting's On-The-Go Essentials is THE go-to package for those who require portable protection and convenience. It includes a reusable water bottle with a carrying strap, multipurpose oil, renewing eye serum, an everything balm, reusable tea bags, hand lotion, and a travel kit - find out more about each product here. Other notable sustainable practices and features include a reusable Kraft box and crinkle paper, a jute ribbon and a plantable seed note card/gift tag!
Company: Scoria World
As a designer, artist and yoga teacher, founder Yara Kamal believes there is value in celebrating being human. Scoria World offers eco-friendly equipment that brings a unique perspective on wellness. They promote playful curiosity and active imagination through eye-catching, colourful and nature-centric designs, some of which are created in collaboration with other Canadian artists.
Their online boutique offers a range of equipment including this Revolve Cork Yoga Mat, and the Support Pack, which contains basic props to enhance the workout and provide extra support in some poses. Perfect tools for those much-needed breaks and great gifts for all yogis, from beginners to pros. Scoria World’s goal is to make an impact with every purchase, using recycled boxes and plastic-free packaging.
In addition to their sustainable ethos, social responsibility is at their core. Their previous partnership with Feeding Children Everywhere was able to provide an equivalent of 151,880 nutritious meals to those in need. Currently, they are proudly partnered with Right To Play, an organization that empowers Canadian Indigenous youth through PLAY-based (Promoting Life-Skills in Aboriginal Youth) education programs.
Company: Terradomi Candle Co.
Terradomi Candle Co. is the brainchild of a Canadian immigrant from Romania. Born to a family of business owners, Andreea’s business acumen was instilled in her by her hard-working parents. Her passion and dream of showing her love to planet Earth is evident in the candles she creates and designs.
Terradomi offers a wide selection of different gentle and chemical-free fragrances and essential oils, with choices that vary from floral and earthy to the soothing and calming fragrance of lavender and so much more. Each scent will awaken the senses and give you a feeling of relaxation and calmness, peace, and tranquillity.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Toronto-based Terradomi has a selection of hand-poured Soy Wax Candle Sets, made in collaboration with talented Canadian artisans. This 4-piece hand-poured Serenity set is sustainable and eco-friendly, using all-natural soy wax, chemical-free essential oils and 100% cotton wicks, to help Moms relax.
Terradomi's commitment to taking better care of our environment is apparent in their functional, reusable, ceramic vessels. Instead of throwing these away, reuse, repurpose and refill them. The company offers a refill program as part of its commitment to reducing waste.
Company: Euclid Farms
Toronto-based Euclid Farms is a small-scale, chemical-free, urban flower farm and boutique located in the heart of downtown. They grow their fresh blooms at their farm from May to November and support local growers as much as possible. Depending on availability, the selection of flowers and colour combinations vary on a weekly basis. This makes it an ideal place to get a fresh and vibrant looking bouquet every week for Mom!
Euclid Farms is proud to be 100% flower-foam-free. Flower foam is a one-time use, carcinogen-filled plastic common in the flower industry. Their sustainable wrapping practices include recyclable, reused, or compostable packaging like Kraft Paper, which reduces the use of plastic. They dry these flowers themselves, making sure the drying method is eco-friendly and sustainable, free from use of chemicals and bleach. These dried flowers are then used in dried bouquets and arrangements, creating an impressive and attractive arrangement.
Our choice is Baloo Living, who came up with the only quilted, quick-drying, weighted blanket made with 100% cotton - no polyester & synthetic liners here. The deep pressure simulation of this weighted blanket soothes the system, alleviates stress and anxiety, and increases happy hormone levels (sounds like we could all use one).
Baloo’s weighted blankets are filled with lead-free glass microbeads, allowing them to dry surprisingly quickly on low heat. You'd be happy to know that all of their materials and packaging are plastic and chemical free! Plus, each blanket purchase includes a link to download Tibetan and crystal singing bowl sounds to help Mom get immersed in the full experience of a calm and quiet mind before falling asleep.
In the unlikely event that they have blankets returned and are still in excellent condition after inspection, these are offered at discounted prices through their Open Box (currently only available in the US). Items that are not in perfect condition are then donated to NPOs, such as the Pajama Program, which helps vulnerable children get better rest.