Sunday, May 11, 2008

Day 20 of our Green Year: Greening Up Mother's Day

One of the most important days of the year is here and with Mother's Day arriving we have decided to try green methods to getting mom a Mother's Day present. While you could get her perfume that contains harmful chemicals, jewelry that is taken from the ground in massive holes that look like scars on the surface of the Earth, or any number of environmentally-unfriendly gift ideas, you could instead go green for Mother's Day, as we have.

Both Layla and my mothers live in Edmonton, but both are coming to visit us at the end of the month and that is when we will be presenting them with their green gifts. What green gifts can you use? Well, there are actually plenty.

  1. Flowers are a great gift because they are green, beautiful and they smell nice. Try and buy locally to support your local retailers, but if you can, grow them yourself and transplant them to a pot for your mom. If you can, buy your mom some potted plants. As we have discussed in the blog, this is a great way to clean up the air and green up the Earth.
  2. Plant a tree for her. This is one of those special kinds of gifts that few people seem to think about. When you plant a tree for your mom, you are not only helping take CO2 out of the air and putting out oxygen instead, you are also putting up a living reminder of your mother. Four decades down the road after she is passed on, you can go to that tree and remember the day you planted it for her.
  3. Try and make her something by using things you have in your own home. Using some arts and craft supplies, you can make a great picture frame out of branches on the ground, or you can make her a wonderful wind chime using tin, wood or other supplies.
  4. Candles are a great choice because moms love candles. Get ones that are earth-safe, usually made of soy or beeswax. These are great gifts for your mom because they are green, they look good and if they are scented, they smell good.
  5. Birdhouses are also a good choice. Not only do you give her something to help add life to the yard, you are providing a home for birds who may have lost their home to urban sprawl.