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Looking for unique gifts for Mother’s Day? This year, treat the amazing moms in your life to distinctive, eco-friendly gifts! To help you with your search, we have compiled a list of incredible, upcycled creations that are sure to put a smile on moms face.
Upcycling is the process of reusing discarded materials to create a product of higher quality or value. By upcycling, you are helping to keep waste out of landfills and oceans. Upcycling not only leads to the creation of beautiful products, it is also great for the environment!
Here is a list of our top picks:
1. Robe crafted from upcycled saris
This robe sold by UncommonGoods, is made from remnants of rich saris. It is made by a cooperative of artisans in a village outside of Rajasthan, India. Not only is it recycling old materials, it is providing women in India with the opportunity to create a better living standard for themselves, their families, and their community. Due to the handmade nature of this item, every robe is expressively unique!
2. Birdhouses constructed from reclaimed wood
This lovely birdhouse was made by Etsy shop owner, Sandra Cuson. On her online platform, she writes, “I take the used, abused, and broken materials to create unique one of a kind pieces for your home and yard.” All her items are handmade!
3. Clocks made using upcycled records
Etsy shop owner, Natalia, is an award-winning gourd artist. In addition to creating beautiful gourd lamps and vessels, she also upcycles old records to make stunning clocks, jewelry, and trays. She hand paints each item, making them incomparable to anything else.
4. Cheese trays made by melting old bottles
This tray was made by Reimagined Glass, a small company dedicated to preserving our earth. They create unique, recycled glass art such as tumblers, glasses, vases, and chimes. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted in their studio.
5. Wallflowers constructed from reclaimed plastic
Todd and Stephanie Lynd, owners of CoralREEFlections, create breathtaking flower pieces from reclaimed plastic. Living on the coast of South Carolina, the couple saw firsthand the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean. Instead of turning a blind eye, they decided to do something about it, which resulted in gorgeous art being made. In addition to reusing old plastic, they also donate 10% of their sales to Ocean Conservancy!
6. Jewelry made from discarded Corian
Mark Knoll Designs is an environmentally conscious brand that makes fun, fashionable, upcycled jewelry. The majority of their jewelry is made from Corian, a post-production waste from countertop installations. However, they also make jewelry from discarded wood and beetle elytra. The beetle elytra they use is a by-product of the Thai food industry, so no beetles are harmed in the making of their jewelry.
7. Handbags fashioned from upcycled canvas
Mona B is a lifestyle brand committed to producing high-quality products while keeping sustainability in mind. Their bags are made from durable upcycled trunk tarps and military tents. As part of their commitment to protecting the environment, Mona B uses water-based dyes on their canvas products. Each bag is one-of-a-kind!
8. Quilts produced from old T-shirts
Have clothes that you don’t wear but don’t want to get rid of? Consider upcycling them into a quilt! Quilt Keepsake specializes in creating memory quilts from clothes, which can be used as a reminder of wonderful old times. Moms everywhere are going to love this!
9. Cutting boards created from discarded wood
This board, designed by Montana Planks, is one-of-a-kind. The company believes in upcycling natural materials and sources their wood from the scrap piles of local woodworkers. They do not use any dyes or stains, which results in their pieces containing lovely, natural tones.
10. Yoga mat made from old wetsuits
This yoga mat made by Suga, is made from 100% recycled wetsuits. The company was created by a lifelong surfer and yoga practitioner, who was seeking a solution to the problem that non-biodegradable wetsuits, present to our environment. In order to help reduce the carbon footprint left behind by surfers, the SugaMat was created! The company allows their customers to return used mats so that they can get recycled and avoid going to landfills. Suga is also a member of 1% for the Planet.
11. Eco-friendly candles set in upcycled bottles
Double Brush is an artistic wife and husband team, who create candles using natural and sustainable waxes such as soy and beeswax. Not only do they live sustainable personal lives, they also incorporate many environmentally conscious practices into their business. They fill their candles in repurposed bottles and package them in materials that are heading to landfills.
12. Sustainable bamboo toothbrushes
Although it is not upcycled, the Humble Brush is the gift that keeps on giving; not only is it vegan, PETA-certified, and biodegradable, it also comes in eco-friendly packaging made from recycled materials. Every Humble purchase goes towards funding oral health projects for children in need!