It’s almost Mother’s Day in the UK, have you thought about what you want to get for your mums? Well here are some fun and interesting eco-friendly gift ideas for Mother’s Day!
Plush Belgian Fairtrade Chocolates
For some chocolates that are that little bit extra special, these Plush Belgian Fairtrade Chocolates are ideal. The box features 32 hand-finished dark, milk and white chocolates in a recyclable box (with compostable inner trays).
Eco-Friendly Gerbera Flower Bouquet
The Gerbera Bouquet features a colourful collection of attractive flowers. The flowers are approved by the Fair Flowers Fair Plants initiative (FFP), which is an initiative that certifies flowers and plants are cultivated in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Happiness Organic Tea is a fragrant blend of hibiscus flower, rosemary and cardamon. Happiness Tea is a feel-good organic tea perfect for mothers around the world. Just £5 for 40 grams.
Recycled Apron – Tomato Sauce
The funky Recycled Tomato Sauce Apron is a wipe-clean apron made from recycled juice cartons that would otherwise be burnt or buried. Perfect for mothers who spend lots of time in the kitchen! Priced at just £9.99.
Nvey Eco-Friendly Make-up Bag Set
The Nvey Eco-Friendly Make-up Bag Set features Nvey Eco’s organic make up range, which includes Lip Gloss, Natural Eye Shadow Compacts, Powder Blush Compact and a make-up bag.
Divine Extravagance Kit
The Divine Extravagance Kit is probably the ultimate in FairTrade chocolate selection packs, featuring 19 chocolate treats, 1 tub of cooking cocoa powder, and 1 tub of drinking chocolate powder! For £45, this is a lot of chocolate, guarenteed to keep any chocolate lover happy for a while!
Fairtrade Etched Glass Perfume Bottles
These attractive Etched Glass Perfume Bottles are handmade by a FairTrade company in Northern India that supports traditional crafts. The re-usable perfume bottles are available to purchase as a pair for £8.
Hedgerow Herbals Luxury Pampering Gift Box
The Hedgerow Herbals Luxury Pampering Gift Box is a luxurious collection of treats from Simply Soaps. This special gift box contains a nourishing oatmeal face wash, an orange cocoa butter bath melt and a moisturising night butter. All of the products are organic and non-toxic, and very affordable at £11.95.
The Gardener’s Tool Bag is made from jute and cotton, giving you a handy hard-wearing bag to keep all of your gardening tools close to hand. The bag is made by a FairTrade-like company in Bangladesh.
Zzz Herbal Bath Bag
The Zzz Herbal Bath Bag contain 3 over-sized tea bags filled with herbs, petals and essential oils. Just leave them to brew in a bath of hot running water. Once the bags have been used, they are 100% biodegradable, and can be composted.
Ensure that your refrigerator’s seals are fully functional and don’t leave the refrigerator doors open for too long. Refrigerators turn themselves off when they become cool to save energy, but when the air inside them warms, they switch on.
So if your seals allow warm air to enter your refrigerator, it will stay on and waste a great deal of electricity. Anything else that is meant to maintain a certain temperature while sealed shut also deserves to have it’s seals checked, and it shouldn’t be left open.
This tip was written by Nicholas from kompulsa.com/kae
Bamboo Bowl by Bambu
If you want some eco-friendly food bowls, then these eco-friendly bamboo bowls are fantastic. The bowls are made from 100% organically-grown bamboo, glued with a non-toxic water-based adhesive, coated in a natural lacquer (derived from the cashew nut tree), and lined with food-safe polyurethane.
The bowls come as a set of 4 bowls in 4 different colours: Blue Curaçao, Bubble Gum, Kiwi and Mango. Each bowl is approximately 2.5″ (6.25 cm) tall and 4.5″ (11.25 cm) in diameter. The bowls are handmade by a company called Bambu in Vietnam, which practises all the values of a fairtrade company, namely a commitment to health and safety, environmental protection and fair labour practice.
Free-Range Chicken Eggs
You’ve probably heard that free-range chickens are kept in much better conditions compared to battery hens or closed-range farmed chickens. However, did you know that the egg produced by free-range chickens is actually much healthier too?
According to Mother Earth News, free range eggs contain:
- 33% less cholesterol
- 25% less saturated fat
- 66% more more vitamin A
- Two times more omega-3 fatty acids
- Three times more vitamin E
- Seven times more beta carotene
I’m unsure of the reason why there’s such a difference with free-range eggs. I believe it’s due to the chicken’s being less stressed with their greater freedom. Additionally, the chickens peck and eat insects from the ground, adding to their diet. Perhaps the fact that the chickens have plenty of space to walk around and get exercise too? That could be a reason for the reduced level of fat in the eggs.
You could always rescue some ex-battery hens and have 2-3 in your garden. You’ll have fresh eggs whenever you want them then!
If you have too much horse manure, but you still want to use it all, then consider composting it. Not only will you reduce its odour and volume, you’ll also reduce the number of flies in the garden too.
Composting is an exothermic process (i.e. generates heat), which is typically enough to kill off fly eggs and fly larvae. If the larvae are left to mature, you’d be inundated with flies. Composting will break down the organic fibre in the manure, and therefore the resulting compost will be much smaller in volume, taking up less space.
Another great advantage of composting is that the process converts the nitrogen in the manure into a less water soluble form. This means the compost will contain a form of nitrogen that is less likely to be washed away by rain. More nitrogen means bigger plants!