My father called me the other day to explain that he was trying to use less plastics, but that every time he went grocery shopping he was shocked by how much single use plastic he brought home. This got me wondering, how can we help the dads in our lives make more eco-friendly choices? And what are some sustainable gift choices for the Earth conscious dad? With Father’s Day just around the corner, I decided to put together a short gift guide for every type of dad:
The New Dad
Congrats dad! Ok so these gifts won’t fit dad, but they will fit a baby or toddler in dad’s life and are sure to bring a smile to his face! All of Finn & Emma‘s onesies and t-shirts are made with organic cotton using non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes.
The Bibulous Dad
Know a dad that likes to knock one back occasionally? The Simple Switch market is full of great dad gifts, but I especially love these wooden products from Autumn Woods Collective. They sustainably source beautiful hardwoods and make products with beautiful artistry. Also, for every purchase they partner with Trees for the Future to plant a tree while improving the lives of impoverished farmers in Africa. All products are made in the USA. Use my code ImwithFairlyRobyn for 15% off your order!
The Grocery Shopping Dad
This is my dad. He goes grocery shopping multiple times a week. (My husband is the same way!)n Both of these men in my life know to use reusable grocery bags, but still come back with multiple plastic produce bags. EverEco has a zero waste solution with these sets of organic cotton produce bags. You can buy a few produce bags or a complete set with reusable grocery bags!
The Dad on the Go
Perhaps you know a dad who travels for work or for whatever reason is always on the go. Parker Clay has amazing leather goods for the busy man, including bags and these handy “cord tacos” that will keep important cords and ear buds from getting tangled or lost. All Parker Clay items are handcrafted in Ethiopia, where the company hires at-risk women to work in a safe working environment and earn a stable income. Parker Clay is currently offering 20% off its Father’s Day Collection.
The Coffee Loving Dad
New dads and old dads alike will enjoy these useful coffee gifts. There are lots of Fair Trade blends out there that ensure that coffee farmers are making a living wage for their labor. Trades of Hope offers a coffee subscription that is ethically grown and made in Guatemala. Does dad still use styrofoam cups? Replace the waste with these fun reusable cups from Friendly Cup, made from wheat straw plastic that are 100% biodegradable.
The Lounging Dad
During this work-from-home era, everyone could use a good sweatshirt or pair of joggers. Two of my favorite companies that make great clothes for men are TenTree and PACT. When you buy from TenTree, you can rest assured that your clothes are made with eco friendly materials AND each purchase plants trees to a countries in need around the world. PACT is Fair Trade certified, sustainable AND comes at a good price point.
The Workaholic Dad
Again, this is my dad. When he’s not grocery shopping, he’s working. We’ve been waiting for him to retire for years, but he’s still going. If you know a dad who’s also addicted to their work, Simple Switch has these accessories from Made Free and Cause Gear that can help him out. These companies are working to end human trafficking by creating self-sustaining jobs in developing countries. Use my code ImwithFairlyRobyn for 15% off your order.
The Outdoorsy Dad
There’s a lot of outdoor gear that is actually not so environmentally friendly. Luckily, there are some good options for those outdoors-loving dads. Resusable water bottles, like the ones from Klean Kanteen are a great item for active types and help cut down on plastic water bottle usage. NEMO Equipment is a company who cares about sustainability and making products that will last and not go straight to the landfill.
The Dads we Remember
I think it’s important to remember that the holidays are hard for many people, including those who have lost a loved one. Keeping this in mind, I remembered an idea I stumbled upon where you can plant a tree or grove of trees in a National Forest or park that is in need. You or a gift recipient will receive a wood grain card with a photo of a forest or park in memory of a loved one from alivingtribute.com.