May: Mother’s Month

Every single person on the planet is here today because somewhere, a woman became a mother. These special women have been honoured on Mother’s Day (normally the second Sunday in May), since the early 1900s.

A Different Perspective

These days it’s easy to write of Mothers Day as a commercial-money-making-racket; but when Anna Jarvis originally became the driving force behind the celebration in 1908, she did it in memory of her mother. Jarvis had lost her own mother in 1905 and viewed the day as a special occasion for sons and daughters to acknowledge their mothers. She promoted Mother’s Day as a very intimate day people could spend with their own mothers, not Mothers Day as a general celebration of all mothers. Whether you choose to acknowledge your mother specifically, or mothers in general why only do it on one day? Why not be mindful of your Mama, Mother or uMama’s influence on your life for the duration of May?

Give a Green Gift

Celebrating your mother needn’t be an exercise in commercially generated chocolates and cards. There are plenty of gifts that are as affordable, as they are good for the environment. Here are a few great present ideas to use on Mother’s Day, throughout the month of May, or anytime you want to thank your mom.

The Gift of Live

Planting a tree is a great way to commemorate a special event or person so why not opt for an indigenous tree starter pack? These kits provide everything needed to grow a Sweet Thorn, White Stink Wood or a Wild Olive tree from seed.

Making Light of Laundry

The BIOWASHBALL® is a unique device that lets you do away with laundry detergent entirely. All you need to know is that it’s made up out a of non toxic sphere which contains ceramics, rich in micro organisms that clean your clothes, as well as making the water used during the washing cycle suitable for use in the garden.

Charging on the Go

This soccer themed dynamo radio will never run out of power, and also comes equipped with three mobile charging adapters meaning mom never has to struggle with a flat battery again.

Keeping Time

A great way to help your mom keep the time is a water powered clock. The Water Boy Clock makes use of the latest water technology to power its LCD screen. All it needs is a little water to activate it and the clock won’t run out of power (although the water does need to be replaced every 6 to 12 months).

Power Traveling

We’ve got a number of eco products that will keep your gadgets powered up while you travel. The Powermonkey extreme contains a 9000mAh capacity Lithium Polymer battery which can charge 5V devices like iPhones up to six times. The Powermonkey Discovery is essentially a smaller version with a 3500mAh battery. Not only are these gifts environmentally friendly, they’re great alternatives to the run of the mill Mother’s Day gifts and useful to boot. Why not consider a different approach to the day this year?