The Queen of Easy Green™: Recycling love on Mother’s Day

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As a lover of all things easy green and an eco-inventor myself, I’ve been checking out what green products and ideas there are out there. As my mum and mother-in-law both like messing about in the kitchen and entertaining, I’ve picked some eco-innovations and some super-simple ways in which I can bring a little bit of green into the hearts of their homes. Here’s what I’ve found…

Not very cute, admittedly, but with tea as the nation’s favourite drink, you’ll be onto a winner with this one. Did you know that we waste the equivalent of 50 light bulbs worth of energy every day boiling our kettles?

To reduce energy and save money, only boil the water you need, alternatively invest in an Eco Kettle. These use up to 30% less energy than standard kettles and some models even have separate compartments in which to boil the correct amount of water every time. A great easy, green invention which is ideal for reducing your mum’s energy bills.

Recycled crockery
When it comes to serving up meals, a lovely way a bring a little uniqueness to the dinner table is to make your own collection. Recently I popped into my local charity shop to see what I could find and was pleasantly surprised to see some beautiful china crockery. So, rather than buy a full set, why not mix it up a bit, choose a colour theme and then select some individual pieces which match and make your own original dinner service. Wrap with a little recycled tissue paper and voila, your mum’s own hand-picked designer collection.

Alternatively, 100% recycled glass dinnerware is another eco easy way to glam up your dinner table. Practical as well as attractive, recycled glass plates are usually finished by hand, meaning each plate has slight imperfections which add to their charm.

Place settings
A beautifully arranged table is usually the talking point at most dinner parties, particularly when the decorations are creative and unique. So, I’ve had a look at some environmentally-friendly ways to add that extra special touch.

I found a company recently who specialise in designing and manufacturing stylish tableware using recycled vending machine coffee cups. The Eco range, place mats, napkins rings etc., which closely resemble slate, are made from cleaned, shredded and melted down used coffee cups, which are then moulded into a variety of products. What’s more every process from collection of the cups through to the manufacture of the goods is all done within the UK. As Dan, the owner told me, ‘Recycled products offer a great opportunity for people to participate in the whole recycling loop. We have all become a lot better at recycling our waste, but we then need to actively seek out and re-use recycled products to effectively close the loop.’

With an ever-growing market for eco products and by using a little imagination and creativity you too could bring a little green love into your mum’s life – so go on spoil her and at the same time could even save yourself some money! 😉

What great easy green ideas have you got for Mother’s Day? Have you received an easy eco gift from your children which you absolutely adore, or what’s the simplest, greenest thing your family could do for you on this special day? I’d love to hear ideas and wishes. Until next time…

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About the author
Lyndsey Young, The Queen of Easy Green™, is a busy working mum and inventor. Her passion is eco easy design, inventions, innovative products and ideas that can help save time, money and waste in the home. Every fortnight, Lyndsey will be sharing her fun, practical easy-green tips and advice, as well as reviewing her latest green-living product finds. Eco-curious? To find out more, pop over to her website at, follow her on Twitter @mummypreneur, become a fan of Queen of Easy Green on Facebook or visit

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