Father's day is coming up quick next weekend, but don't fret if you still have yet to find the perfect gift for dad - we've rounded up 8 great green presents that are sure to show how much you care! From cool heat-beating sunglasses made from sustainably-sourced timber to recycled record iPhone cases and an awesome automatic lawnmower, read on for our top 8 sustainable gifts for Father's Day 2012!
If your dad’s a music junky with an extensive collection of vinyl, then consider getting him one of these groovy iPhone cases made from old recycled records! Each iPhono-case from WrecordsbyMonkey is made from a vintage record – and although iTunes may lack the warm tone of vinyl, a clever case may help ease the transition towards digital music.
Socially conscious clothier Apolis teamed up with the Pacific Northwest workwear experts at Filson to launch a beautiful, supremely durable canvas briefcase that can go from the office to the country without skipping a beat. The best part is that Apolis worked with a nonprofit to sustainably source cotton from Ugandan farmers, supporting a developing industry.
If your dad is a fan of fine wines, consider purchasing him a subscription to an organic wine of the month club. For $50 the Organic Wine Company will select three bottles of organic, biodynamic, and no-sulfite wine and ship them straight to your dad’s door – plus, as a club member he’ll receive 10% off the company’s entire catalog!
Father’s day syncs right up with the start of summer, so why not give your dad’s shades an upgrade with a pair of Shwood sunglasses? Each pair of sunglasses is handcrafted in Portland, Oregon from sustainably sourced wood, and their classic frames are guaranteed to look cool even when the summer heat is at its peak.
Malin + Goetz is a NYC-based apothecary that sources natural ingredients from around New York to create first-rate skincare products. Their shaving cream and face moisturizer are paraben-free, made from natural vitamins and amino acids, and ship with fully recyclable containers and packaging.
Looking for a last-minute present for a hard to shop for dad? Why not give him a gift that keeps on giving – like an Eco Crate subscription from Lost Crates. For $38 a month Lost Crates will ship an eco goodie box filled with sustainably designed products straight to your dad’s door. The items included range from green housewares to eco stationary and all-natural toiletries, so he’s sure to get something he likes every month.
If your dad lives in an urban area and always talks about getting more exercise, consider getting him a super-portable folding bicycle. Whereas many folding bikes are clunky tangles of gears and levers, the Montague Boston bike is an elegant, streamlined cycling machine. A simple lever system makes it a snap to fold, and the bike’s full-size tires are leagues ahead of the tiny pothole-prone wheels found on other folding bikes.
If you’re going to give your dad (another) tie for Father’s Day, make it one with character. Brooklyn-based Hill-Side has been killing it for the past few seasons with their handcrafted line of subtly off-kilter ties, and we’re particular fond of this lightweight, summery offering made of a blend of organic cotton and flax.
Liberate your dad from yard work with the John Deere Tango E5 – an all-electric lawnmower that automatically cuts grass while sips a drink in the shade. The battery-powered unit can mow an area of up to 19,300 square feet on a single charge, and it can be programmed to deploy automatically.
For the past 125 years National Geographic has inspired people to care about the environment through the incredible photography and exclusive stories presented within its iconic yellow-bound volumes. This Father’s Day give your dad the gift of a subscription, which includes 12 issues and complete online access to every issue published from 1888-2010.
Most guys find shopping for socks to be a boring ritual – so why not save him a trip and brighten his day with a chic pair of Multistripe socks from PACT? Each pair of colorful socks is made from 90% organic cotton in a factory that runs on 100% wind power, and PACT donates a portion of all profits to support social and environmental causes.