6 Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back

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1. Sunglasses

Being a Mom means occasionally missing out on fashion trends: certain runway styles don’t really translate with sticky hands, rescuing adventurous tree climbers, or rolling around in the grass. But one classic, stylish accessory Mom can indulge in: sunglasses. They have the added bonus of making any Mom look cool, regardless of how much sleep she got last night. With eco-options like TOM’s (yup, the one for one shoe people) as well as a ECO, a line for MODO by green maven and model Summer Rayne Oakes, Mom will look as cool hanging by the kiddie pool as she would on the Riviera. TOMS donates one pair of eyeglasses to someone in need for every pair purchased, and MODO will plant a tree for every pair sold (MODO is also made primarily of recycled or recyclable materials).

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2. Coffee

We’d probably buy anything that hunky actor and activist Hugh Jackman tried to sell us, and the goodies from his Laughing Man line give us even more reason – 100% of the profits from the company go to charity, through their partnerships with organizations and schools like Harlem Village Academies. Their line includes coffees, many of which are organic and rainforest alliance certified and teas as well as decadent chocolates, all of which are fairly traded and rainforest certified.

La Colombe Torrefaction has a laundry list of ethics that they follow when sourcing their beans, one of the reasons the brand has become the standby for coffee drinkers with a conscience. In addition to several eco-friendly certifications, La Colombe has committed to causes such as the 1,000 Wells project and Project Afrique, aimed at helping with water cleanliness and providing food, housing, education and health care for orphaned children. The company recently partnered with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to create the LYON blend, with 100% of profits going to charity.

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3. Chocolate

There are plenty of great green chocolate options out there for chocolates: Lagusta’s Luscious, certain products from VosgesDivine Chocolate, but we especially love the mission of Rescue Chocolate. 100% of net profits from sales each month benefits a new animal shelter or animal organization. With cute chocolates named in honor of breeds (think Peanut Butter Pitbull and Mission Feral Fig), this vegan line is also perfect for friends and family members who may not have human children, but who love their little animals just as much!

Theo Chocolate is another company that continues to come out with innovative flavors as well as building charitable partnerships: so far they’ve worked with World Bicycle Relief, PCC Farmland Trust and Jane Goodall.The fact that they are the first organic, Fair Trade, Bean-To-Bar chocolate factory in the United States is just the icing on the cake,err, truffle. We can’t wait to visit the factory!

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One Response to “6 Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back”

  1. MataTraders says:

    For Mother’s Day gifts that give back, we recommend, ahem, ourselves. We’ve got handmade, fair trade jewelry that supports marginalized artisans in North India get our of poverty. And it’s super cute. Use the code ‘Moms Rock’ at checkout on orders over $20 for free shipping!!

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