Mother’s Day Eco-Friendly Vegan Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day!!!  Whether you are getting gifts to celebrate your biological mother or the lady or ladies that have been wonderfully motherly to you, this list of gifts will help you out.  These Mother’s Day gift ideas are vegan and keep the environment in mind.  So let’s get our mothers something plastic-free, cruelty-free, and lovely!

Bath Kit (customizable)

Photo credit: The Refill Shoppe

The Refill Shoppe

Allow your mother to relax and rejuvenate with this wonderful vegan Bubble Bath Kit by The Refill Shoppe.  They have a large variety of pre-blended scents: Citrus Blend, Tropical Blend, Flowery Blend, Caramel Latte and many more.

You also have the option to create your own signature 2 – 5 scent blend from a collection of over 50 scents!

Vegan Cactus Soap

Photo credit: Nopalera


You May recognize the founder of Nopalera from the TV show Shark Tank! She has created earth-friendly vegan soap from the hearty cactus plant. The soap and the packaging are eco-friendly!

Vegan Shampoo & Vegan Conditioner

Photo credit: Fat and the Moon

Fat and the Moon

Are you pretty sure your mother knows magic? Moms do some magical things! Get her these eco-friendly vegan shampoo and vegan conditioner bars so she is nice and fresh for her next coven gathering under the moon!

Vegan Organic Deodorant

Photo credit: Live Like You Green It

Live Like You Green It

Live Like You Green It makes this vegan organic deodorant for sensitive skin. It is plastic-free and we’ve heard the scent is amazing!

Vegan Deodorant

Photo credit: Meow, Meow, Tweet

Meow, Meow, Tweet

Meow, Meow, Tweet’s vegan deodorant has a plastic-free compostable cardboard & paper push-up container. Their deodorant provides all-day protection that keeps you smelling great!

Organic Vegan Body Butter (OrganicVegan Lotion)

Photo credit: Live Like You Green It

Live Like You Green It

After a relaxing bubble bath, your mother deserves this calming mixture of lavender and vanilla. This vegan body butter will moisturize and soothe any nerves from a long day. It is even soothing for eczema. Cruelty-free organic vegan lotions like this are the way to go from now on!

Vegan Lip Balm

Photo credit: Eco Roots

Eco Roots

Eco Roots provides cruelty-free vegan products. Their vegan lip balm is offered in different flavors and they even have an unflavored option. Our busy moms may forget to moisturize, so lip balm is a great gift for self-care.

Vegan Lipstick

Photo credit: Cheekbone


For an extra boost in her day, treat your mom to Cheekbone’s sustainable vegan lipstick line. She can return the container for refills so it doesn’t end up in a landfill! With a variety of colors, there is sure to be one that will become her favorite!

Oh, did we mention all of these companies are lady-owned? We hope this list is helpful to you! If they’re in town, enjoy Mother’s Day with your mothers and all the motherly ladies in your life. If not, sending one of these gifts will surely brighten their day!

Vegan Valentine!

Have your future Vegan Valentine find you with these “Lady Vegan” and “Vegan Lad” shirts!

Watch the Vegan Valentine commercial at our YouTube channel:

Back to School Eco-Friendly Tools

Are you ready to go back to school?  Make sure you have everything you need!  Like an eco-friendly backpack from Patagonia, a new cell from Fairphone, and of course plenty of notebooks from Decomposition.

Notebooks by Decomposition

These notebooks at Decomposition are made with recycled paper and eco-friendly soy ink!

Stainless Steel Lunch Box by Life Without Plastic

Plastic is made from oil drilled from the ground creating pollution. Recycled plastic is still ending up in landfills and our oceans. We can make sure our purchases are not contributing to the destruction of Earth by choosing non-plastic materials. Start with these sturdy stainless steel lunch boxes!

Cell phone by Fairphone

A family used to get a phone for their home and still have it when their kids grew up and moved out. Lets stop with the constant cell phone purchases when a marginal change has been made from year to year. Instead, go with the Fairphone cell! No more relying on phone companies and third-party repair shops for constant basic repairs. This long-lasting straightforward design can even be fixed by its owner – with help from Fairphone if a repair is ever needed.

Backpacks by Patagonia

Patagonia is a long standing staple for many homes. Get your eco-friendly backpack here and it can double for any other fun activities you have planned for the school year!

Shoes by BlueView

We have been searching for plant-based compostable shoes for years. Finally, here they are! Comfortable shoes that will not end up in a landfill at the end of their life cycle. These eco-friendly kicks can be buried right in the ground to join mother nature again.

We hope these vegan eco-friendly items will be great long-lasting tools for your academic success!

Our Vegan Summer Favorites!

Enjoy the last weeks of summer with some of our favorite summer things!

Table of Contents

1. Sunglasses

2. Beach Towels

3. Vegan Sandals

4. Swimsuits

5. Vegan Lotion

6. Summer Shirts

7. Shorts

8. Vegan Hats

9. Vegan Lipgloss

10. Picnic Basket

11. Summer Dresses


Protect your eyes with eco-friendly sunglasses. These fabulous styles are made from recycled materials. When their lifetime is up, they can be sent to TerraCycle to recycle again!


Bring colors and culture to the beach with these fun towels!

Beach Towels by Studio 189 (luxury item)

All My Relations by Eighth Generation

Ribbons Beach Towel by Eighth Generation


Walk in confidence wearing shoes in a variety of styles.

Unisex vegan sandals by NAE

DARCO Sandals with Straps – by NAE

Jefferson Block by Native Shoes

Hoya Croco Ciel by Minuit

Beat Poetry Sandal by BC Footwear

Apple Leather Clogs – by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather


Play in the oceans, rivers and lakes in a new suit!

Grey Swim Trunks by Urban Native Era

Swimsuit by Soul Curiosity


Keep vibrant skin with this moisturizing stick in eco-friendly packaging.


Water Connects Us All by Beyond Buckskin

Sacred Plants T-shirt by thentvs

Raven T by Ginew

Protect Native Culture by oitclothing

Hope for Flowers by Tracy Reese (luxury item)

You Are On Native Land t-shirt by Urban Native Era


Woven Twill Shorts by Pact

The Coastal Daily Shorts by Pact


Block excess sun rays with these great summer hats!

You are on Native Land baseball cap – by Urban Native Era

You Are on Native Land trucker cap – by Urban Native Era

Khaki Black Six Block logo hat (luxury item)


These smooth eco-friendly vegan lip balms are good for you and the planet. Even the packaging is plastic free!

Strawberry Vanilla Vegan Lip Balm by J & L Naturals

Tinted Vegan Lip Balm by Ethique

Orange Tangerine Vegan Lip Balm by Meow Meow Tweet


Citron Picnic Basket by Kazi


Effie Modal Dress by LA Relaxed

Sokha Banana Midi Dress – Purple Sage by Valani

Sokha Banana Midi Dress – Cloud Dancer by Valani

Floral Embroidered Dress – Cream + Silver by Symbology

Yali Dress by Diarrablu

Mailys Dress by Diarrablu

Isle of Spice Wrap Dress by Fenoel

Strapless White Dress by Victor Glemaud (luxury item)

Vegan LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

Here are some vegan LGBTQ+ owned companies to support immediately!

  • Lil’ Yenta’s Bakery

(Philadelphia, PA)

The pictures speak for themselves!

Get yummy treats from Lil’ Yenta’s Bakery here:

  • V Marks the Shop

(Philadelphia, PA)

The owners are not only part of the LGBTQ+ community, but also African Abya Yalan (aka: African American).

Get snacks at V Marks the Shop:

  • City Saucery

(NYC Greenmarket stands and Nationwide shipping)

This LGBTQ+ team is helping save the planet! They collect good quality ugly tomatoes that are normally thrown away by large food factories to make delicious vegan sauces and spreads!

Get tasty products from City Saucery here:

  • Lagusta’s Luscious

(New Paltz, NY and Nationwide Shipping)

Variety of vegan chocolates. Lovely boxes of chocolaty treats great for gifts!

Get Lagusta’s Luscious chocolates here:

  • RIND

(Available Nationwide)

Vegan cheese perfect for hors d’oeuvres at your next party!

“June is Pride Month, and at RIND by Dina & Joshua, we’re celebrating as an LGBTQ+-owned business!” Tweet by @RIND_CHEESE

Get vegan cheese here:

  • Meow Meow Tweet

(Nationwide Shipping)

This personal care brand has plastic-free packaging options for lip balm and face cream!

Get Meow Meow Tweet products here:

  • The Wild Chive

(Los Angeles, CA)

The photos of vegan entres have us drooling:  sandwiches, burgers, fries, fried chicken sandwiches and more!

Get delicious food at The Wild Chive:


(Los Angeles, CA)

Formerly a clothing store – now this team is focused on graphic design and consulting.

Get in touch with Beet x Beet here:

  • Gay4U Vegan Eats


This is a pop-up eatery that provides a safe space for trans-identifying people of color.  Formerly located solely in Oakland, CA, they have closed their store to travel the nation with their unique combination of Asian and Latinx comfort foods.  Let’s hope you get a chance to try ’em out!

Some Favorite Vegans on Instagram

Happy Asian American / Pacific Islander month! Here are some of our favorite vegan Instagram accounts!

Cheri Tu




Joanne Molinaro


Krystle Anne


Miyoko Schinner


Priyanka Naik


Ted Lai


Toni Okamoto




#happyasianamericanpacificislanderheritagemonth #asianamericanpacificislanderheritagemonth #asianamericanpacificislanderheritagemonth2023

Vegan Middle Eastern Cookbook!

We are excited to present a cook book with savory Middle Eastern recipes that are vegan! Veganistan: A Vegan Tour of the Middle East & Beyond is by Sally Butcher. It is interesting that the author of a vegan cook book would have the last name “Butcher.” One could only imagine what childhood anecdotes she may have about her name growing up. Her photo with wild red hair and punk-rock fashion juxtapose a calm and reflective demeanor, gives a bit of insight into the character that developed Veganistan. An outward explorative nature, may explain the subtitle “the Middle East & Beyond.” While the choice to share vegan meals often is a result of an analytical thought process – of which her photograph hints at.

The tantalizing photographs of the vegan food Sally Butcher shares in her cook book, Veganistan, range from scrumptious rice dishes, delicious cabbage stew, yummy staples like falafel and mouth watering desserts such as Sweet potato cake. When you make a dish, let us know how you like it – send a photo! We would love to hear what you think!


“Beef” Between Vegans and Indigenous People?

(Happy International Womens Month / International Womens Day! Read to end for highlighted lady-owned business.)

There have been quite a few articles and commentary on the tension that has emerged between some vegans and indigenous people.  There are those who identify as vegan, who have been attempting to shame indigenous communities for their use of animals.  It would be important to first state that most vegans are not likely to agree with this approach.  Even so, it has become a trending topic of dispute.

So let us weigh in on the conversation.  Although we are obviously advocating a vegan lifestyle with this website, the first thought that came to mind was – “Why is anyone attempting to further dictate the actions of indigenous people in Abya Yala (aka: America) on their own land?”

We believe the focus of non-indigenous people who are vegan should remain firmly on the largest perpetrators of deaths of other beings.  This would mean actively working on reducing the suffering of beings in slaughter houses, promoting vegan meals to the main stream, and advertising more eco-friendly and morally sound material use – like cactus leather instead of the skin of beings.

Marginalized communities should not be the target of vegan activism before large corporations are fully addressed and mainstream habits completely changed.  This misplaced attention reminds me of some environmental activists who briefly attempted to shame impoverished people in African countries for burning tires for warmth instead of fully focusing on the far greater pollution of western countries.

Yes, at some point…far in the future…non-indigenous vegans may choose to respectfully offer vegan meal ideas and vegan material ideas to indigenous communities.  However, it will probably be more effective when these ideas are introduced by the vegan indigenous people that already exist.  Yes, there are indigenous vegans.  There are also many indigenous communities that eat a primarily vegan diet already.

Due to this conversation, for International Womens Month, we would like to highlight the indigenous founder, Tina Archuleta, of the vegan restaurant – Itality – in New Mexico.  She is using native vegetables, fruits and grains to make wonderful vegan indigenous food.  She hopes to improve the health of the community and re-connect with de-colonized traditional meals.



2500 12th Street NW

Unit E, Suite 2

Albuquerque, NM 87104


Wednesday-Sunday 10am – 5pm



Here is an interview with Tina Archuleta by New Mexico in Focus:

African-American Inventors

There are currently states in Abya Yala (original name of USA/the Americas) attempting to remove history of people from Alkebulan (original name of Africa)  from the school curriculum.  Well, here are just a few of the many contributions – important and fun – from African-American scientists, engineers, and more!

Materials used in some of the products below may not be vegan.

Alfred L. Cralle

  • In 1897, Alfred L. Cralle patented the ice cream scoop.

Get one for your next treat day here.

While you’re at it, get some vegan ice cream here.

Percy Julian

  • In 1923 Percy Julian completed his schooling at Harvard University with a master’s in chemistry.  Many scientists were attempting to find a more efficient way to produce cortisone – as it had been found to be effective in soothing inflamed joints.  At the time, they were killing 15,000 oxen to produce the bile used for the treatment of just one patient.  It was Julian who discovered a way to synthesize cortisone from soybeans instead. 

Frederick McKinley Jones

  • 1930s Frederick McKinley Jones created refridgeration equipment and has more than 40 patents.  He named one the Thermo King.  He invented refridgeration units for homes, trucks, trains, and planes.  “His work also contributed to the preservation of blood and medicine, proving to be particularly useful during WWII. In 1991, he became the first African American to receive the National Medal of Technology.”

Get one of the most eco-friendly refridgerators, like the Liebherr MRB 3000, here.

Gladys West

  • Gladys West was born in 1930.  She is the mathematician and programmer who’s mathematically accurate model of Earth was used as “the foundation for the creation of the Global Positioning System (GPS).”

Get a GPS system for your car here.

Mary Kenner

  • 1956 Mary Kenner patented the toilet paper holder, sanitary belt, sanitary pad, and walker.  She has the most patents of any African-American lady inventor.

Get an eco-friendly (no plastic) bamboo toilet paper holder here.

Get eco-friendly 100% organic cotton re-usable sanitary pads (light, heavy, and overnight) here.

Get a walker for yourself or a loved one here.

Marie Van Brittan Brown

  •  1966, Marie Van Brittan Brown filed a patent for the first home security system.  Thank goodness for that!  Need some extra protection for your home?
  • Get it here.

    Valerie Thomas

    • In 1980, Valerie Thomas invented 3D technology.  She patented it under the name – illusion transmitter – while working for NASA.  Here invention is still used by NASA today.   It is also used to make 3D TVs and 3D movies.  We may not be able to use her invention the way NASA does, but luckily we can set up a 3D entertainment system at home to enjoy some movies offered in 3D! 

    Get a 3D TV here.

    Get 3D movies here: 


    Mad Max: Fury Road



    Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens


    Mark Dean

    •  In the early 1980’s, while working at IBM, Mark Dean and a colleague created the technology that allows computers to interact with printers.  Need a computer and a printer?  Get them here:

    Here are a couple of the most eco-friendly laptops available:

    Acer Aspire Vero Laptop | AV15-51 | Grey (Eco-Friendly)

    Apple MacBook

    Here are some of the most eco-friendly printers:

    EcoTank ET-2720 All-in-One Supertank Printer

    Epson WorkForce WF-3540

    Dr. Patricia Bath

  • In 1973 Dr. Patricia Bath (deceased 2019) created a new and improved surgery technique to remove cataracts – increasing the number of those with improved healthy sight.
  • Materials used in some of the products above may not be vegan.


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    Connolly, R. and Kinney, B. Ten Black Scientists that Science Teachers Should Know About. (2018, February 21). PBS Teachers Lounge.

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