Shop For Mom

Mother’s Day is this Sunday – don’t forget! Whether your mom lives next door, uptown, or across the country, time’s running out to get her a little (or big) something to remind her that you’re thinking about her. Of course, presents can’t compare to unconditional love and a lifetime of thanks, but that doesn’t mean Mom shouldn’t feel special and pampered. And when she finds out that your gift was made with the utmost care or is a charitable gift that keeps on giving, she’ll know your gratitude is sincere. Shop the many boutiques on Lux & Eco – from clothing and accessories, to home and garden goods, to exercise equipment and spa treats. Whatever her taste (or expectations!) there’s something for every mom. Here are some suggestions if you’re still feeling stuck!

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May is the beginning of bonsai season! Spruce up Mom’s inside or outdoor decor with these stunning planters. This gift comes in a recycled steel pot with organic soil and pruning scissors. It’s sturdier than a garden plant and will outlast any bouquet, plus the white petals of the buds still give a soft look wherever you place it!

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The epitome of natural elegance. This necklace is made of a real preserved maple leaf, encased in recycled gold and copper, hanging from a 30-inch gold-filled chain. The sale of each necklace, and all others in the line, help a handful of charities dedicated to environmental stewardship and enable the jeweler to donate pieces to non-profit events.

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By the nature of its use, furniture is slightly more-eco-friendly than other consumer goods, because for the most part it’s made to last, and there is such thing as too much (you can only buy what there’s room for). However, mass production leads to overproduction, and all within factories equipped with dangerous materials and machines. Even furniture with a real wood base is wasteful if overproduced, and most are finished using toxic glosses. Just like in clothing, the fabrics that go into most upholstery are synthetic textiles (polyester, rayon, nylon, cotton) whose manufacturing, treating, and dying are among the most harmful practices of any industry. Just like every conventional product has a sustainably made counterpart, furniture is no different. As if the elegant design wasn’t enough, the pieces we carry are made with organic cotton, hand-carved wood, and faux non-toxic finishing. Each piece is handmade to order, so why not put your order in now?

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Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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