Every year on March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than by going eco-friendly this year?
International Women's Day is the day for us to take time and celebrate the wonderful women in our lives, spoiling them with gifts and attention! To inspire you, we’ve rounded up a few eco-friendly ways to do this. Read on to and stick towards the end for a few eco-friendly and sustainable gift ideas!
Go on a Nature Trail
How well do you or the special women you are celebrating with know the parks and hiking trails around your local area? Take a day off, get outdoors and go on a hike or a bike ride together! Absorb some vitamin D and maybe even snap a few photos - you will be amazed by how spending a few hours outdoors will rejuvenate your soul, especially if you live in a big, hectic city. Finish the day off with a wine tasting tour or a picnic full of homemade goodies!
Visit the Farmers' Market
Visit your local farmers' market for fresh, seasonal and sustainable local produce! Not only do farmers' markets offer more diverse options of produce to choose from, but many small farms use organic growing methods, making them more eco-friendly than large supermarket chains! Remember to take advantage of the free tasting samples and talk to vendors along the way - they might inspire nice brunch ideas for you and the special lady (or ladies) you are celebrating with this year.
Bonus: You could make waffles from scratch and get your hands on organic maple syrup and some blueberries to top it off - they are currently in season in most parts of the world! Alternatively, you can always go for a nice poached pear in liquor, or a delicious English breakfast with fluffy scrambled eggs from a local hen farm!
DIY Session at Home
With work and other responsibilities - sometimes we hardly find enough time for ourselves, let alone a time to release tension and stress. Instead of reserving an exclusive package at a high-end spa, invite some of your girl friends over and make wonderful varieties of homemade bath bombs, candles and lip balms using a few simple natural ingredients. You'll all feel fresh and pampered at home after a long, stressful week. While you’re doing this, you can also try making edible DIY products like homemade jams, muffins, extracts and liquor - the ideas are endless!
Clean Out Your Closet
It may not seem obvious, but manufacturing new clothing requires a lot of energy and water! There are many ladies out there who don't necessarily have the means to purchase a new set of clothing on this special occasion. To celebrate International Women's Day, clean out your closet and spread some love by donating dresses or business attire that you haven’t worn in years to a women’s organisation - or just a local charity. You will definitely brighten up someone else’s day!
Green Gift Guide
There are many eco-friendly gifts that you can give, or just simple gifts that can help someone become more environmentally conscious on a daily basis!
Gifts to Minimize Waste
Simple, but thoughtful gifts like reusable snack bags for lunch or stackable lunch kits can help minimize waste and save on single-use containers. If the woman you're looking to pamper likes gadgets, you can always opt for energy-saving tech, such as a smart controller for her air conditioner or smart light switches!
Send a gift straight from nature - having plants around increases positivity and not to mention - where else can you find a gift that releases oxygen into the atmosphere? Recycled glass garden terrariums, a mason jar herb garden or even air purifying plants like Mother in Law Tongue can be simple, but hearty gifts that can go a long way. Remember to attach instructions on how to keep your eco-gift alive so that it doesn't go to waste.
Last but not least - Remember to tell all the special women in your life how much they mean to you! Happy International Women's Day !
Got other eco-friendly ideas to share? Let us know in the comments! We'd love to hear them!