Eco-Conscious and Socially Distanced Ideas for Mother’s Day

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May 10th offers a chance to show the moms of our lives just how much we appreciate them. Unlike in years past, social distancing is a factor this year. While this adds an extra challenge, it also provides a great opportunity to get creative.

Here are four ideas that are eco-friendly, keep you and your family safe and are sure to make mom smile:

  1. (Face)Time Together – What greater gift than spending quality time together? Since this won’t be possible for most of us this year, try setting up a video call instead. There are a plethora of options for video calls from FaceTime to Google Hangouts — so ask if she has a preference and agree on a time.
  2. Digital Photo Album – Upload a collection of family photos to a digital album or even make a slideshow, then send via email to mom. If you’re already planning on sending a greeting card you could include the photos on a memory card tucked inside.
  3. Greeting Card – Buy a greeting card at the store or make your own at home. Most greeting cards can be easily recycled, and some brands even make recycled-content options – just look on the back of the card to find out. Other eco-friendly options include making a homemade card or sending an eCard. Musical greeting cards are not the most eco-friendly option but if you send one remind your mom that they should be recycled as e-waste.
  4. Send a Plant – If you can’t buy flowers due to store closures or are looking for a more sustainable option, consider a potted plant that can be enjoyed for years. Shops on websites such as Etsy have lots of plant and pot options and most are still open because they are operated from home.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!