Believe it or not, Hallmark did not invent Mother’s Day. Yes, the corporations inevitably usurped it for themselves, but Mother’s Day was initialized by a woman named Anna Jarvis, who struggled to protect it from commercialism her entire life. Mother’s Day is rooted in philanthropy. It was a day for women to freely tend to their humanitarian aims such as caring for wounded soldiers during the Civil War, improving sanitation, lowering infant mortality and pushing for peace.
Eventually, the holiday evolved into a day to appreciate mothers. The sales of flower bouquets, candies, cards all rose as sons and daughters sought out tokens to show their gratitude. Businesses saw immense potential; substantiating the holiday meant a guaranteed increase in sales on this particular day. And thus, Mother’s Day became a staple holiday that called for gifts and celebration.
In keeping with tradition as well as honoring its altruistic roots, why not celebrate Mother’s Day with environmentally friendly gifts? Mother’s Day is a day for all mothers– including Mother Earth, the mother we all share.
20 Eco-friendly Gifts for Mom (simply double click on the picture for more information)
Let your mom and Mother Earth know how much you care!
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