by Eileen Weber
If fresh-cut tulips fit in your plan, why not try organic ones? Organic Bouquet has a nice selection online. They have all the usual suspects from roses to lilies to Gerber daisies. According to their web site, they have “sustainably grown and certified Organic, VeriFlora or FlorVerde” flowers and stand by their commitment to supply their customers with “only the finest eco-friendly flowers fresh from our partner farms.” Mom should be so proud.
If flowers aren’t her thing, don’t despair. Look for fair trade clothing and accessories from The Fair Trade Federation. Plugging in Connecticut, Flavours Of Life popped up with sustainable gifts like their cotton and jute handbag or their tree resin beads and nickel free metal necklace. For something truly different, you may want to get her the finger piano with cymbals. Now that will be a Mother’s Day gift that won’t wilt on the dining room table!
If perfume is something more desirable, try Honoré de Prés, a 100% certified organic fragrance without harmful chemicals such as phthalates. For an honorable mention, try Rich Hippie, Blissoma Blends and Ecco Bella, fine alternatives to the usual petroleum-based fragrances on the market. They use natural oils and aromas from flowers, herbs and spices. And if Mom’s a fan of lavender, try Hood River Lavender Perfume from Oregon. They grow their own lavender organically and process the essential oils in a same-day harvest.
If Mom likes to cook, get her some fresh organic fruits and vegetables with a membership to a community supported agriculture (CSA). Just click on the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut’s web site for a list of CSAs in each of the state’s counties.
And if that’s not your idea of a sustainable gift, you can always plant tree. Try Pell Farms in Somers for locally grown nursery trees. What’s good for Mom is good for the environment!
Photo courtesy of Organic Bouquet.