With Father's Day just around the corner, it's time to shower the dads in our lives with love and let them know how special they are. It's the perfect time of year to show dad how much you appreciate all the years of carpooling, cookouts, pep-talks, and support.
Of course, whenever it comes time to shop, it can feel overwhelming to decipher which brands and items are good for your dad and for the environment. Luckily, seeking out eco-friendly purchases is easier than ever, especially if you have a passion for supporting local and small businesses. You can feel good knowing that you're making dad's day, all the while giving back to the planet.
It's also good to remember that Father's Day isn't just about your biological dad! It's an opportunity to celebrate men in your life who have guided or shaped you, whether it's a step-parent, uncle, teacher, coach, or someone else who has influenced you in a positive way. What better way is there to say "thank you" than by giving someone a thoughtful gift that's sustainable, to boot?
1. Invest in some quality fair-trade coffee.
Who doesn't love coffee? Who wouldn't love to have ethical, fair-trade, organic coffee delivered right to their door? With an Ethical Bean subscription (Canada only) or a reorder button from Amazon (US), dads can have just that. At Ethical Bean is an artisan coffee roaster based in Vancouver, ethically grown, fair-trade, organic coffee beans are sourced from around the world and roasted to perfection. Every bag of Ethical Bean coffee also comes with a QR code. Just scan it and you can see where your coffee was grown, who picked it, when it was roasted, and the date the roasters recommend you drink it by. You'll also get tips to enjoy your cuppa to the fullest.
You can purchase a bag of whole coffee beans from Amazon, starting at around $10.
2. Get dad a hammock that's great for his back and the environment.
Every dad loves to take a snooze in the shade, so why not let him snooze in a hammock made of 100% recycled materials? Fibers made from 50% recycled water bottles and 50% recycled cotton are woven into ropes that are as soft as linen and can withstand years of naps. According to the maker , "In 1 meter of fabric 4.7 (2 Lt) PET bottles, were recycled. No dye is used. The use of water and energy is optimized. 1 Hammock= 25 (2 Lt) post consumer PET bottles." Dad can relax knowing his hammock is not only comfy, but Earth-friendly.
You can purchase hammocks from Stubio Art Nature starting at around $85.
3. Check out solar-powered phone chargers.
Smartphones and devices are a part of modern life for many people, so why not make sure dad can keep his phone charged whenever, wherever, even off the grid? Portable solar charges for phones and devices are not only convenient, but don't use valuable resources.
You can purchase portable solar chargers for around $59.99 right from Amazon.
4. Stock up on organic shirts and undergarments.
All dads wear undergarments, so why not wear underwear that is good for the environment? Producing their clothes at the first fair-trade certified factory in the United States, BGreen uses sustainably grown fibers and environmentally friendly production practices to create apparel that is both comfortable and ethical. BGreen also has a line of women's underwear and layering essentials, providing ethical comfort for the whole family.
Basic undershirts start at around $36 for a 2-pack, which you can purchase directly from BGreen.
5. Make a kit of vegan, cruelty-free grooming products.
Herban Cowboy offers a full line of vegan sourced, dye-free, organic bath and body products for dad. From aloe infused shave cream to seaweed, pumice and black walnut soap, dad can feel good about looking and smelling great.
Amazon has a variety of Herban Cowboy's products, including a handy deodorant pack for under $20, perfect for the outdoorsy dad.