Sustainable and ethical gift ideas for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is approaching (Sunday 31st March 2019, no need to thank us for the reminder). If you are looking for a special gift, then give thoughtfully with our pick of sustainable and ethical gift ideas.
Upcycling at its finest, Elvis and Kresse create luxury accessories from used fire hoses. After a chance encounter with the London Fire Brigade in 2005, they learned that the entirety of London’s decommissioned hoses were being sent straight to landfill.
By 2010, they were successfully saving all of London’s hoses from this fate, by transforming them into a range of hand crafted, high quality accessories. 50% of the profits from the sale of these bags, belts and wallets are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.
Elvis & Kresse believe the future of luxury is sustainable, ethical, reclaimed, open, generous and kind. We’re pretty sure these are credentials that environmentally conscious mums will appreciate – plus their bags are beautiful, we’ve fallen head over heels for fire house yellow.
We’ve already shared with you how elated we are to see the world seems to be finally waking up to the damaging effects that plastic is having on our environment. Companies like the wonderful Beauty Kubes are showing us all just how possible it is to live a plastic-free life. Their unique shampoo and body washes are free from plastic packaging, contain natural and organic ingredients and biodegradable, sulphate-free surfactants.
Gone are the days of a myriad of plastic bottles cluttering up the shower - Just take one organic shampoo Kube, crumble in the palm of your hand, add a little water to create a paste and smooth onto wet hair. The result is guilt free super-shiny silky hair that smells amazing – who can argue with that!
What else do we love about Beauty Kubes? All their products are cruelty free and vegan AND they use 100% biodegradable packaging.
A guaranteed people-pleaser, sometimes a heavenly scented bouquet is the perfect gift, and this time of year is amazing for British flowers. Think colourful tulips, daffodils and anemones.
Today 90% of the flowers sold through UK florists, supermarkets and wholesalers are imported not just from Holland but flown from as far afield as Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and even Ethiopia. Flowers from the Farm is a multi-award-winning, not-for-profit, co-operative of British cut flower growers.
They aim to reduce travel miles by promoting locally-grown flowers and have developed a network of over 500 British cut flower growers across the country – simply use their online map to find your nearest grower.
Choosing to shop with responsible local growers means you will be supporting local industry whilst encouraging wildlife and biodiversity. Plus, local flowers last longer, smell better, and offer greater variety!
We had to really, didn’t we? Whether your mum is already a conscious fashion shopper, or you want to steer her towards the world of slow fashion, there are some great pieces in our new collection that are sure to be well received. These are the items on our wish list in the Nomads office –
Our new jewellery range created in partnership with socially conscious brand Daughters of the Ganges has been really popular, and we just love these Grecian-style earrings. The multi-faceted brass drops catch the light beautifully and combine perfectly with turquoise glass beads.
Dhalia print tunic
We’ve all fallen in love with this season’s Dhalia print and this short sleeve tunic is so easy to wear. It’s made from a lightweight voile so it will be perfect when the summer heat arrives, but equally wearable now teamed with leggings and an organic cotton cardi.
Ditsy Viscose Scarf
A scarf is a great way of instantly updating an outfit, and the new ditsy floral print adds a touch of fun to our spring collection. Available in Jam red or Navy blue, this viscose scarf is made from sustainable wood pulp, a biodegradable material that has minimal impact on the environment.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Mothering Sunday!