Happy Mother’s Day! I'm excited to share with you some sustainable activities that you can do with your mom. Spending quality time with our loved ones is important, but it's even better when we can do it while making a positive impact on the planet. So, let's get started with these eleven sustainable ideas:
Spend time in nature and appreciate the beauty on a hike or nature walk. You can also pick up any litter you find along the way and properly dispose of it.
Get your hands dirty and plant seeds! It's a wonderful way to grow your own produce and reduce your carbon footprint by not buying produce that has been shipped long distances. For more tips, check Grow Your Own. Gift your mom (or yourself) an exciting way to grow fresh microgreens every week with the Microgreens Hemp Mat and Choice of Seeds kit.
Start a compost bin together. This reduces waste and creates nutrient-rich soil for gardening. You can buy Bamboozle Composter as a gift, and kickstart your composting journey.
Instead of going to the grocery store, shop at a local farmer's market. This not only supports local farmers, but also reduces transportation emissions and provides fresher, tastier produce.
Make your own personal care products. Make them with simple ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and essential oils. It's a great way to reduce waste by not buying products that come in plastic containers. If you are looking for a DIY option, read Create Your Own Zero Waste Makeup Remover Wipes or try making DIY bath bombs and lipsticks.
To make a DIY bath bomb, mix baking soda, citric acid, and Epsom salt together in a bowl. Add essential oils, then pack the mixture into molds and let it dry before using in the bath. To make a DIY lipstick, melt together beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler. Stir in cosmetic-grade pigment powder, pour the mixture into a lipstick tube or a small jar, and let it cool and solidify before using.
Say goodbye to plastic bottles and make your own cleaning products! All you need are simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, dish soap and essential oils, optional.
Say goodbye to plastic wrap and hello to beeswax wraps or silicone food covers! These sustainable alternatives are made with beeswax and fabric, and can be used multiple times.
Don't throw away old items, upcycle them into something new and exciting! You can turn an old t-shirt into a reusable grocery bag or a piece of furniture into a planter. For example, an old t-shirt can be transformed into a reusable shopping bag by cutting and sewing the fabric into a new shape. Similarly, a vintage suitcase can be upcycled into a pet bed by adding some padding and a cozy blanket. Empty glass jars can be upcycled into storage containers by cleaning them out and using them to store food, spices, or craft supplies. Upcycling is a great way to reduce waste, save money, and give new life to old items.
Attend a sustainability workshop or event with your mom. It's a great way to learn more about sustainable practices, meet like-minded people, and get inspired to make positive changes in your life. You can attend an online vegan cooking class where you and your mum can learn the foundations of making delicious plant-based food with an emphasis on traditional technical culinary practices. Or you can attend a zero waste living workshop that teaches practical tips for reducing waste and living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Buy a gift card to eco-friendly businesses. Send mom an eco-friendly gift card to a local business, allowing her to choose a gift she will love while supporting the environment and the local economy at the same time.
Buy a journal. Buying your mother a journal can be a thoughtful and meaningful gift. It can provide her with a private space to reflect, process her thoughts and emotions, set goals, and document her daily experiences. Plus, it's a timeless and practical present that she can use for years to come. Try recyclable and vegan Dingbats Notebooks which are bound with vegan leather.
These sustainable activities are just the beginning! There are many other sustainable practices that you and your mom can explore together. Remember, small changes can make a big difference in creating a more sustainable future. So, why not try one of these ideas with your mom and make a positive impact on the planet while creating memories that will last a lifetime?