Mother's Day Gifts The Green Way

06/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Dave Burdick Man about Boulder:,,

Time to get your last-second Mother's Day gifts!

1. You can't lose with flowers, but if you've got an eco-mom (or if you're an eco-offspring), you may want to find some flowers that have a lighter environmental impact than most. You can look for the VeriFlora, which signifies that your flowers are certified as better for the planet:

The farmers, distributors, wholesalers and florists who grow and handle VeriFlora flowers and plants are committed to delivering only the highest quality products, produced with rigorous environmental accountability while at the same time addressing the health and well-being of workers, their families and communities.

Try retailers like Organic Bouquet, More Than A Bunch or Diamond Organics.

2. For a greener, hypo-allergenic option, try making your own oragami flowers out of recycled paper!

Planet Green's Jaymi Heimbuch posted links to origami instructions for roses, tulips, lilies and more! (Oh -- and of course, you'll use recycled paper, right?)

Moms love handmade gifts.

3. A delicious vegetarian breakfast-in-bed or other meal. Give mom the gift of food, a healthy heart, a lighter carbon footprint and full, fresh flavors.

4. The gift that keeps on giving for the mom that keeps on cooking: a membership to community-supported agriculture! It's like a subscription to farm-fresh food. To find a CSA in your area, just search Google for your town's name and "CSA."