By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please – this is a Public Service Announcement. It is my official duty to remind you that Fathers Day is coming up. I’m giving you more than a week’s notice, so it’s enough time to think of something good (at least something better than a multipack of socks, as I myself am guilty of). While he may protest that he doesn’t need anything, the truth is everyone loves a thoughtful gift, no matter what day of the year it is. And doesn’t your dad deserve it? (I know mine, pictured with me below, does!)
Our Ultimate Eco Friendly Fathers Day Gift Guide has all the classic staples of any decent eco friendly Father’s Day gift guide, but with one significant difference: these products are noteworthy for their sustainability. Let the hurried gift hunt commence!
What happens when old hockey sticks need to die? They get reincarnated as grilling tools! I absolutely love this idea, and your sports-loving, BBQ genius of a dad will, too. Every set is 100% unique, given the recycled nature of the actual hockey sticks used as the handles for these tools.
A gift that celebrates your dad’s favourite sport could well move him to tears. I mean, what could be more meaningful than wearing a piece of the stadium he loves most on his wrists? These cufflinks are made from authentically salvaged seats of famous baseball stadiums, like Yankee, Shea, or Wrigley stadiums, amongst others.
Shades are more than necessary during this season, and what could be fancier than a premium grade pair of wood sunglasses? Shwood’s eyewear is comfortable, and uses premium lenses that fully protect from UVA/UVB rays. Each pair comes in a custom travel case equipped with a microfibre cleaning cloth. The Canby design (below) features classic styling that your dad will love year after year.
This London-based organic menswear makes fashion that ranges from upcycled cashmere hats to regenerated wool jumpers. Lyme Terrace not only thrives in minimising its impact on the environment, but ensures all their locally made fashions are comprised of casual designs that suit any man of any age.
If your dad is more of a beer guy, what could be more fun for him than to brew his own ale? This kit has everything you need to bring to life a full-bodied Irish stout. This boldly designed kit uses 100% malt extract, world-class specialty grains, fresh hop pellets, and high quality yeast to create something your dad will love to chug!
This present is ideal for a dad who likes to hike and needs a functional object to keep hydrated. A collapsible water bottle is the perfect eco friendly Fathers Day gift, as well as an ideal travel companion, since it breaks down small enough to fit in a pocket. Also perfect for eco-minded dads who want to save the planet from the plague of plastic!
The Elon briefcase by vegan brand Matt & Nat is ideal to make your dad shine at the office, as he carries his gear around in this minimalistic, vegan friendly case. It comes with a removable and adjustable crossbody strap with standard shoulder patch, to make it functional, as is the interior equipped with a laptop padded sleeve with tab closure, a nylon zip pocket, smartphone pocket and 2 pen slots.
Men want to look good too, but often shy away from girly-looking beauty products and packaging. So the ‘manly’ skincare range by men-ü is perfect for the dad who is often on the road. There are loads of non-toxic, high performance products to choose from, including shaving creams, facial washes and shower gels, for example.
All guys seem to have a white tee in their closet, but Wawwa’s are a bit different: they make all of theirs from 100% organic cotton, and ensure their clothing is casually fun and wearable in the city as much as in the countryside. Another eco friendly Fathers Day gift idea could be one of their hipster beanies which, like their tees, come in all sorts of nuances and styles.
If your dad is concerned about climate change, and if he also loves photography, Assouline’s The Arctic Melt will surely enthrall him. It’s packed with stunning photos that capture our planet’s disappearing landscapes, as seen through the lens of environmental photographer Diane Tuft.
Does your dad have a favourite cologne? Great…but how natural is it? This Vetiver Eau De Parfum is crafted from loads of all natural oils, and boasts a fresh, citrusy, grassy scent that will delight just about anyone. Let him try it – I’m sure he’ll like it, and when he finds out it’s not going to harm his health like chemical colognes, he’ll like it even more.
The collection of ethical men’s clothing brands at Brothers We Stand means this website is a one-stop shop for eco friendly Fathers Day gifts! Their many diverse brands include Fairtrade shirts by People Tree, sustainable denim by MUD Jeans and recycled backpacks by ECOALF, to name a few. It’s a totally manly feast for the conscious shopper, and they do gift vouchers – which means you don’t need to make any hard decisions (though he will!)
All the cool kids (and their dads!) are wearing wood watches right now, and this trend won’t be fading soon. Some trends die out amidst a collective sigh of relief for their garishness and are safely locked away in the past (naming no names, shell suits). But wood watches are just so neutral, understated and timeless that it’s difficult to see how their popularity could fade.
Got a music-loving dad? He’ll adore these wood in-ear headphones! Your dad may also appreciate the fact that eco-friendly brand Woodbuds have pledged to plant a tree for every 100 products they sell, working with The Woodland Trust in the UK. They’re also members of the 1% For The Planet alliance, donating 1% of sales to environmental organisations across the globe.
Gents like hats for many reasons: to keep the sun off their heads, to hide a bad hair day, and of course, to hide their bald spots! Dad will love a basic cap by We Are Harper not just because it’s an American classic, but because We Are Harper uses sustainable bamboo and cotton materials to create all their gear in ethical factories. Oh, and they give back to loads of charities, mainly those for the homeless.
Summer is coming, and more sun means drier skin! So your father will be grateful for the heavenly sensation this oil provides. It’s formulated with potent Tahitian monoi oil, as well as kukui, macadamia and passion fruit oils that deeply hydrate leathery skin. Your dad will enjoy spritzing it on their chests, hands and arms to get a good dose of nourishing moisture on the beach.
Every man loves a good button down shirt, and Vustra does them so well! Everything made by this Indian label is crafted from 100% premium Italian and Turkish organic cotton that looks and feels luxurious, whether you choose a more formal work shirt, or a casual lumberjack checked one, like this one below.
Got a family trip to the beach planned? Gift dad these stylish swimming trunks by Joseph and Alexander! Since they’re made from 100% recycled plastic, your dad also be happy that his shorts are helping to salvage plastic from the oceans and put it to good use.
This no-nonsense coconut and cocoa balm works everywhere: on torn cuticles, rough elbows, and flaky lips, for example. It’s 100& organic and is deeply nourishing, restorative and protective, the perfect way to show your daddy how much you care about him looking and feeling good!
20. Eco Undies
Which man doesn’t need some naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial boxer briefs? WAMA makes their undies from an all natural hemp fabric that has all of these characteristics. The mission of the brand is to create comfy underwear that is practical and gentle on the skin. Besides being kind to nature and the epidermis, WAMA is also engaged with social sustainability, ensuring that all employees work with fair conditions.
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