If Dad is committed green (or is somewhat green-conscious, and you’d like to give him a friendly nudge further in that direction), what could be more appropriate for Father’s Day than something eco-friendly? Here are a few suggestions of ways to do something nice for Dad and the environment at the same time:
So much clothing nowadays is petroleum-based and industrially manufactured with heavy use of chemicals. But it’s possible to make a better choice with natural and eco-friendly fabrics, including those made in whole or in part from soy, hemp, alpaca, silk, merino wool, or organic cotton. Or how about some comfortable and durable men’s socks made from bamboo?
Consider how you can help Dad decrease his reliance on his car to get to and from work, or some of his other short trips around town. A bicycle is a healthy, cheaper, more environmentally friendly option than a car. Or if he already has a good quality bike, perhaps some bike accessories or a backpack that will encourage him to use the bike more. Bus, train, subway, or ferry passes are another way to reduce car use.
3. Beer and wine
Is Dad a drinker? Seven Bridges Cooperative sells a neat organic beer brewing kit which is great for the do-it-yourselfer. Or if Dad’s not really the type, and you’re concerned that’s the kind of gadget that will sit in the closet unused, how about some wine from Frey Vineyards? Frey is the oldest and largest purely organic winery in the United States, and sells multiple varieties of biodynamic wine.
Golf is a sport that has come under attack from environmentalists for the way golf courses reduce wildlife habitat, consume a great deal of water, and use lots of agricultural chemicals. But Audubon International is working with golf courses to make them better environmental stewards, and now certifies courses that meet their high standards. If there’s such a course near you, a round of golf could be a pleasant way to spend Father’s Day.
Barbecuing is a very popular summer activity for dads. A nice way to make this a more green activity is to stock up on Cowboy brand charcoal. Unlike most other charcoal you can buy, Cowboy is completely natural lump charcoal without chemicals, coal, and carbon-heavy pollutants.
Certainly a wallet is a popular if not bland Father’s Day gift, but you can give it a fun and eco-friendly twist with a wallet from designer Laura Skelton that is handmade from recycled suits and ties. The exterior is made of silk tie, while the lining is made of charcoal grey suit material.
Stop adding to the pollution of landfills with old watch batteries by switching to a solar-powered watch. Casio and numerous other name-brand watch manufacturers now make solar-powered watches, so you’ll be able to find one in a wide variety of styles and prices. Or consider other solar products for Dad, such as solar outdoor lights or a solar battery charger.
There are many worthwhile conservation and environmental organizations that deserve support. You can get Dad a membership in one of these that you, and he, believe in. Or perhaps a subscription to a green publication like Living Green Magazine or Mother Earth News.
It’s also worth noting that there are even green alternatives to traditional Father’s Day greeting cards. Cardstore.com offers cards made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste paper that’s chlorine free and made at printing facilities powered by wind and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Finally, consider skipping purchasing any consumer item for Dad, and just spend the day with him, doing activities he enjoys, talking with him, telling him how you feel about him and all he’s meant in your life. That could be greener than the greenest gift you could buy.