Mother’s Day Gift Guide | Give a Hug From Afar
Mother’s Day will be a little different for most this year. With social distancing and self-isolating meaning, many of us will be physically apart from our beloved moms, it’s more important than ever for us to show her how much we care.
And, although we might not be able to give mom an actual hug this Mother’s Day, we can give her a hug from afar through the gift of comfort. Here’s our Mother’s Day Gift Guide filled with comfy bamboo viscose basics – perfect for celebrating our first-ever virtual Mother’s Day.
For the Stay-at-Home Mom
Ok, let’s face it – we’re all homebodies right now. But we want to make sure our moms are extra comfy as they spend more time at home. Our Boody Basic range is ideal for keeping cozy as we #StayHome and help flatten the curve, making our everyday essentials the perfect gifts for mom.
For a versatile gift that Mom can wear alone or as a base layer, don’t look past our best selling Everyday Slip. In our signature minimalist design, this super-soft piece features fixed-length shoestring straps, comfy arm openings and a mid-thigh length.
For the Lounging Mom
Mother’s Day is all about lounging around in comfort at the best of times, but this year it’s even more deserved. Our Boody Lounge collection is designed for head-to-toe comfort and every piece from the range makes the perfect Mother’s Day present.
Whether you treat her to the Goodnight Raglan Sleep Top and Goodnight Sleep Pants or the Goodnight Sleep Cami and Goodnight Sleep Shorts, a comfy bamboo pajama set is what gift-wrapped dreams are made of.
Treat mom’s feet to our Chunky Bed Socks. Once she slips her soles into these comfy bamboo viscose socks, she won’t want to take them off all winter. Or, for the ultimate Mother’s Day gift idea for an extra special day, indulge Mom to the Cozy Knit Wrap. Crafted from pure bamboo viscose, this premium, heavyweight true knit will add a touch of luxury to Mom’s day.
For the Active Mom
If living a healthy lifestyle is important to your mom and she’s missing the gym right now, elevate her home workouts with our Boody Active range.
The Racerback Sports Bra features wide straps and underbust ribbing to deliver ultimate comfort, while the round neckline provides flattering coverage. From pilates to yoga, this women’s sports bra is designed for low-impact activities – ideal for when Mom works out in her living room!
Allow Mom to complete the workout look with our Full-Length Active Leggings. She’ll cut a streamlined silhouette thanks to the flattering contour seam detail inside and outside the leg. Featuring a high-rise, wide waistband that will line flat against Mom’s skin for comfort.
For the Mom Who Has it All
Is your mom someone who is hard to buy for? Give her the gift of choice with a Boody eGift Card. Our gift vouchers can be redeemed for any item on our website and are delivered by email (it’s the greener way!). If yours isn’t the most techy of Moms, don’t worry – our gift cards contain simple instructions to redeem at checkout (and our friendly customer support team is always on hand to help).
However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, we hope you and your mom (or someone else special in your life) manage to make the best of an unusual situation. After all, despite our current distance and boundaries, the power of connection and love overcomes all.
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What is Organic Cotton?
By: Heather Bien We’re all trying to be better stewards of Mother Earth. From recycling to upcycling and eating conscientiously to dressing mindfully, our choices affect the planet. So choosing organic cotton clothing seems like an easy decision, right? Not so fast! As with all sustainable choices, it’s important to take a moment to learn a bit more about why organic cotton might win over conventional cotton—and what makes these two materials different in the first place. Read on if you’re interested in learning about organic cotton and whether it’s the best choice for you and the environment. Conventional cotton Before we get into debating modern cotton farming techniques, let’s get familiar with the plant we’re talking about: cotton. It’s soft, durable, and probably on your body right now. But what else do you really know about cotton? Here are the basics: Cotton comes from the cotton plant – The cotton plant is a warm-season woody perennial shrub from the genus Gossypium and the family Malvaceae. Cotton fabric is made from the plant’s fibrous seed-hair (which is also called a cotton boll). Cotton is one of the top agricultural crops – Traditional cotton is the most widespread and profitable non-food crop in the world. Although the plant is capable of growing in any warm-weather climate, India and China are now the top producers of cotton globally. Cotton is thirsty – A normal cotton plant requires 10 gallons of water to reach peak potential. That doesn’t sound so bad, but multiplying it outward, that means it takes about 5,000 gallons of water to produce just 2.2 pounds of cotton fabric. Pests think it’s delicious – Not only is cotton thirsty, but it’s prone to pest infestations from bollworms, weevils, aphids, stink bugs, thrips, and spider mites. In order to combat these common pests, conventional cotton is routinely sprayed with a veritable salad-dressing of pesticides, many of which can remain in the soil and water supply for years afterward. Cotton harvesting requires defoliation – In order to quickly and efficiently harvest cotton, many commercial growers use chemical defoliants to strip the leaves from the cotton plant prior to harvesting the bolls. Like pesticides, these chemicals remain in the environment and on the cotton itself. Is organic cotton better? All of those cotton factoids point pretty compellingly to buying and wearing organic cotton fabric. But first, it’s important to understand what sets this organic alternative apart. Why exactly is “organic” cotton anyway? You might associate the word organic with your healthy fruits and veggies, but it’s not always clear what this term means when it comes to cotton. For many years, there was not a standard definition, but today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) require that any cotton product labeled “organic” meet the following criteria: Made with fibers from USDA-certified organic crops Third-party certified (ie., through the Global Organic Textile Standard) under the National Organic Program standards Has a specific percentage of organic material (depending on the crop) But this definition is a little circular, so we need also to define USDA-certified organic crops. According to the USDA, organic crop standards are defined as follows: Land must have had no prohibited substances applied to it for at least three years before the harvest of an organic crop. Soil fertility and crop nutrients will be managed through tillage and cultivation practices, crop rotations, and cover crops. These can be supplemented with animal and crop waste materials and allowed synthetic materials. Crop pests, weeds, and diseases will be controlled primarily through management practices, including physical, mechanical, and biological controls. When these practices are not sufficient, a biological, botanical, or synthetic substance approved for use on the National List may be used. Operations must use organic seeds and other planting stock when available. The use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, and sewage sludge is prohibited. What is organic cotton? In short, it’s cotton that is farmed according to these practices and certified organic by the USDA. Why should you choose organic cotton? With fewer pesticides, fewer synthetic chemicals, and more thoughtful cultivation practices, organic cotton can certainly offer a more environmentally friendly choice when compared to regular cotton. Is organic cotton sustainable? Here are a few other reasons why organic cotton can be a better alternative for you and the earth: It’s better for our water resources – According to an analysis by the Textile Exchange, producing an organic cotton T-shirt requires 1,982 fewer gallons of water compared to a regular cotton T-shirt. Because organic cotton uses less chemicals, its production also releases fewer toxins into our aquatic ecosystems. It’s good for the soil (and our carbon footprint) – According to the Soil Association, the more natural cultivation practices and fewer pesticides used by organic cotton farmers can support healthier soil. That soil, in turn, can absorb more carbon from our atmosphere and help keep the planet healthy. It encourages biodiversity – Multiple studies have shown that organic farming practices can encourage more diversity among the animal species of our planet. Sustainability is sometimes in the eye of the beholder. But when it comes to plant-derived textiles, the ones which help us create a healthier world are always a better alternative. Explore the benefits of bamboo with Boody Whether you choose to purchase conventional or organic cotton clothing, the fact that you are shopping mindfully for yourself is a win for the environment. At Boody, we believe in bringing you quality, comfy, sustainable clothing basics that keep you feeling good about yourself and your personal impact on Mother Earth. From our sleepwear to our loungewear, women’s bamboo shirts to our underwear, sustainable and ethical are our touchstones. Our clothing is made of bamboo viscose, requiring less water than cotton while putting precious oxygen back into the environment. That just feels good, doesn’t it? Explore the bamboo benefits today, with Boody. Sources: Britannica. Cotton. https://www.britannica.com/topic/cotton-fibre-and-plant Cotton. The Story of Cotton - Where Cotton Grows. https://www.cotton.org/pubs/cottoncounts/story/where.cfm World Wildlife Federation. Cotton. https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/cotton Textile Exchange. Quick Guide to Organic Cotton. https://textileexchange.org/quick-guide-to-organic-cotton Soil Association. What is organic cotton? https://www.soilassociation.org/take-action/organic-living/fashion-textiles/organic-cotton/ USDA. Conservation and Biological Diversity in Organic Production. https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2016/02/29/conservation-and-biological-diversity-organic-production About the Author: Heather Bien is a copywriter and writer based in Washington, DC. She works with retail, ecommerce, and creative brands on their website copy and digital presence, and her freelance writing has appeared on MyDomaine, Apartment Therapy, The Everygirl, and more. When she's not with laptop and coffee in hand, you'll find her planning her next weekend getaway, working on her budding green thumb, or scouting for her next great vintage find.