May 10, 2017

Sunday is Mother’s Day and if your mom is as hip as you are, surprise her with an eco-friendly gift from a local merchant. When you shop local and go green, you honor not only your own mom but also this amazing planet that cares for us all. Mom will love you for it and so will Mother Earth!

Hand-woven Tula Hats: These beautiful creations unite the traditional art of weaving with contemporary designs. Company based in Austin supports the artisans of Mexico who began producing them nearly 400 years ago. Made of a sustainable fiber that is environmentally friendly and will help Mom stay cool all summer. She’ll also gain the health benefits of wearing a hat that has the highest sun protection rating of UPF50+ as rated by the California Polytechnic State University. Available at Trinity Haymarket on Market Center Boulevard in Dallas.

Repurposed rain barrelsRepurposed Rain Barrels: Give Mom the gift of water-savings! Epoch makes their rain barrels by repurposing high-quality food-grade container drums that would have gone into the landfill. Made in Stephenville by workers with physical and/or mental disabilities, they are easy to install and save water by capturing rainfall and using it in the garden. Since the containers were formerly for food, they are food safe and BPA free. Available at Rooster Home & Hardware on Northwest Highway in Lake Highlands.

Recycled garden artDrunken Dragonfly/Tipsy Toad/Brew Bird: Unique garden art that loves to dance in the breeze! Made completely out of recycled knives, forks and spoons, all of these pieces are one-of-a kind and cute to boot. Mismatched silverware destined for a landfill is now transformed into a work of art that’s perfect for any garden. Buy a bunch and Mom will be entertained every day by their free-motion antics! Each is supplied with a 3-foot stand where the figure balances in an old spoon. Available at Shades of Green on Coit Road in Frisco.

eco bird feederEcoTough Recycled Bird Feeders and Houses: Wild birds appreciate a boost during the warm months – and recycled feeders and birdhouses reach out to a wide variety of avian guests. Made mostly from recycled milk bottles, Mom will be thrilled watching her feathered friends as they nest and feed. EcoTough feeders and houses have a lifetime warranty, they are repairable and made in the USA. Wild Birds Unlimited has several other styles of eco-friendly feeders and sustainably-grown seed that will help target the specific bird species that Mom enjoys. Wild Birds Unlimited on Lover’s Lane in Dallas.

Blue Label HerbsBlue Label Herbs: Cox Farms Market in Duncanville has recently expanded their outdoor nursery to include dozens of new plant varieties and Mom will just love a selection for her garden! Some of our favorites are Blue Label Herbs that are locally-grown and always seem so fresh. Shown is oregano, just one of the several varieties available. Put together a gift basket of edible goodness, just for your mom. Cox Farms Market - Duncanville location only.

Pretty Things & Cool Stuff dragonfly necklaceDragonfly Wing Necklace: There’s a reason that naturalists often use the dragonfly as a symbol of sustainability – these delicate creatures thrive when the environment is healthy. Show Mom how much you care with this lovely dragonfly bracelet that shimmers softly with aqua and light yellow genuine aquamarine rondelles that are wire wrapped onto the double-stranded matte gold chain (16k gold plated). Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, this piece is part of a collection of delights at Dallas-based Pretty Things & Cool Stuff offering local delivery. Visit them online or call 214-660-5467.

White Rock GranolaWhite Rock Granola: For Mother’s Day breakfast, take Mom a selection of yummy White Rock Granola - a local food company making delicious nutrition in small batches. What started as a morning staple at the bed and breakfast that Renee Latour owned in 2011, quickly grew into a local favorite. Available in six fantastic flavors, their newest, 'Gorilla a Go Go' (honey, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries), was originally created as a snack for the primates at the Dallas Zoo. Fans of the zoo soon discovered that people like it even more! Available at Central Market stores all across the metroplex.

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Available at Pretty Things & Cool Stuff, an online retail store operated by Dallas greenie Kim Young.

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