by Jonathan A. Scott
While there is no substitute for an in-person visit or celebratory phone call (or video chat, if you’re so inclined), there is also a rich tradition involving gifts of cards, pictures flowers, edible goodies and more.
If you wanted to add or substitute something on this list, you might consider giving a gift to Clean Water Action or Clean Water Fund in honor or memory of your mother, grandmother and/or other special women in your life. In our household, we often give a gift of blankets (for disaster relief) in the form of donations to Church World Service. There are many worthy causes – we’d still put Clean Water at or near the top – and this form of Mother’s Day gift is always appreciated.
One other advantage of gifts-in-honor or in-memory is that they do not actually involve buying more “stuff.” Thus they have the added benefit of also honoring Mother Earth (positive benefit, negligible environmental harm).
Still want to go the traditional route? If you’re not able to buy locally or prefer to buy online, we have these planet-friendly recommendations, which offer the added advantage of generating donations for Clean Water Action at no added cost to you. The first five of these have been put together for Clean Water Action by our partners at We-Care.com.
The Planet Friendly collection from 1-800-Flowers is grown in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Each beautiful arrangement is sure to brighten Mom’s day. Sustainable arrangements from 1-800-Flowers. (8% Donation)
Take a picture of your mother and you, or the family, or a great photo that Mom took and print it into a work of art at RitzPix.com. 50% OFF a canvas wrapped photo at RitzPix.com with coupon code CANVAS50 (10% Donation)
Crane & Co
Crane & Co greeting cards are made with 100% recovered cotton fibers, and use fewer chemicals and produce far less waste than paper made from trees. A beautiful card from Crane & Co may be the simplest way to show Mom your love. Mother’s Day Cards from Crane & Co earn (5% Donation)
Harry & David
Treat Mom to some delicious organic treats; Harry & David has the most elegant organic baskets to show your Mother you care. Deluxe Organic Fruit Gift Basket from Harry & David (6% Donation)
Bambeco —This sustainable products company is continuing its special offer for Clean Water Action supporters through the end of May. Many great ideas on this site if you’re stuck on what to get for Mother’s Day or any other occasion. 15% off at checkout with code CLEANWATER40
Do you like the idea of having your online purchases generate donations for Clean Water Action automatically, at no extra cost to you? Check out the Clean Water Action online shopping App from We-Care.com. Once installed it works automatically with your web browser to make that happen, with more than 2000 participating online merchants.
There’s also a cool new search tool you can add to your web browser that generates donations every time you do a web search. The donations from the search tool and the shopping App may be small (we call them micro-donations), but with more than 300,000 Clean Water Action supporters using them (and growing), they really add up. We receive tens of thousands of donations this way every month. Join with us by installing the Clean Water Action App today.
One more Mother’s Day suggestion. The special Earth Month offer from Aromafloria (“Wellness in Bloom”) which offers sustainably produced personal care products, continues until May 9. That’s 15% off at checkout when you use the code CLEANWATER40, and 15% of all online sales donated to Clean Water Fund.
Love Your Mother. This Mother’s Day, you don’t need to buy anything in order to communicate your love and gratitude. If you do decide to make a donation or purchase a gift, we hope you will keep Clean Water Action, Clean Water Fund and our Water Planet in mind when you do so.
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Clean Water Action & Clean Water Fund!