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FATHER'S DAY GREEN GIFT GUIDE

by , 06/07/09

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With Father’s Day right around the corner, you might be stressing to find an eco-smart gift that your dad will actually like. Don’t fear! Our Green Gift Guide is packed with earth-friendly options that will make dad smile and possibly even compel him to be more eco-conscious as well. Whether your pop is the outdoorsy type, a gadget guy or a cool daddy-o, our gift guide has something for every father!

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RECYCLED TYPEWRITER CUFFLINKS

Is your dad a haberdasher? Give him the gift of style and he’ll think of you every time he snazzes up his outfit with these smart cufflinks fashioned from actual typewriter keys.

$50 from the Inhabitatshop

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ECO-FRIENDLY SHAVING SUPPLIES

Practical dads will appreciate eco-conscious shaving tools like this handy solar-powered shaver which will save electricity and $ on the energy bill. If you want to take your dad back to the old school, present him with an elegant and classic straight razor. No more disposable blades – and all the rage right now according to our very own shaving expert (he does it everyday), Mike Chino.

Straight razor, £34.99 at Aspetto
Solar shaver, £24.95 at Ethical Superstore

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SOLAR GARDEN LAMPS

If your pops takes pride in his lawn or garden, he’ll light right up when you give him these supercool solar powered lamps from Ikea. You can pop ‘em right into the ground, which means no more wires and zero energy from the grid! Plus, they come in spiffy designs like mod half-globes and minimalist cylinders.

Starting at $6.99 at your local Ikea

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ETHICALLY-MADE VEJA ECO-SNEAKERS

Who says you have to stop looking cool when you become a father? These classic kicks are made of natural latex rubber, vegetable-tanned leather and organic cotton and will keep dad on his A-game. Worried that your old man will look fresher than you? You can always scoop up a pair for yourself too because they’re 50% off right now in the Inhabitatshop for a limited time only!

Veja Grama, reduced 50% to $80 FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Veja Bota, reduced 50% to $80 FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

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ORGANIC BEER-BREWING KIT

For some dads, there’s nothing more satisfying after a long day than kicking back with an ice cold brewski. But the water, energy and fuel that goes into producing and shipping beer (sometimes half-way around the world) can hardly be called sustainable. That’s why a home-brewing kit is the perfect gift for dads who enjoy beer. Not only is home-brewing much better for the earth, dad can be proud of serving up cerveza that he made with his own two hands! This one from Seven Bridge Cooperative is recommended by our very own sustainable brewing guru, Jason Sahler.

Starting from $37 at Seven Bridges Cooperative

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NOONSOLAR SUN-POWERED SAWYER BAG

Dads on the go need power for their ipods, cellphones and other devices on the run. Give your dad the gift of wireless, free energy with this handy-dandy NoonSolar messenger bag. It converts the rays of the sun into juice for all of your dad’s gadgets and gizmos.

$377 at the Inhabitatshop

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PLANT A TREE IN HONOR OF YOUR DAD

Planting a tree is a powerful and symbolic way to show your father how much his love and guidance has helped you grow. Make this Father’s Day an opportunity to help re-forest American land in your dad’s name!


+ Donations can be made at AmericanForests.org

+ Donations can be made to MillionTreesNYC if you live in New York City

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MAGNO RADIO

If your dad appreciates fine craftsmanship, he’ll love this hand-made retro Magno AM/FM radio. Made from new growth wood in an Indonesian farming village, a new tree is planted for every one that is used in production.

$200-$300 from Areaware

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ENERGY-SAVING REMOTE

Is your dad notorious for being a remote-hogger? This All for One remote won’t solve that problem, but it will help him save energy by controlling up to 4 devices and allowing him to switch them all off with the press of one button. The remote cuts power off right at the source, saving up to 90% of standby power consumption. This gift is the perfect way to make being a little bit greener super-easy for dad.

£34.95 at Ethical Superstore
NOTE: It seems like the All for One remote is currently only available in the UK and Germany, but we hope it will be coming to other areas soon!

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KILLSPENCER REPURPOSED MESSENGER BAG/BRIEFCASE

Killspencer bags are stylish, one-of-a-kind and tough as nails – just like your dad! Each one is made from “used in combat” military truck tarps and is finished with patented cobra buckles and waterproof zippers. Meticulously handcrafted in Los Angeles.

$450 at Killspencer

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GOOD OLD-FASHIONED RECOGNITION

Dads may enjoy presents, but for most, knowing that they made a change for the better in the lives of their kids is the best gift they could ask for. Instead of buying something for dad this year, why not make him a simple card highlighting the top 10 most important things you learned from him and how those pieces of knowledge help you live a better life? To take it one step further, you can even make a rolodex for yourself of all the great tips your dad has given you over the years. Wrap a bunch of blank cards from the rolodex in a ribbon and give them to your dad so that he can keep filling it up with advice he wants you to have.

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  1. MusicLover June 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    The New Spirit Waves Album was released today by Michael McDonald!

    It makes an excellent Father’s Day gift!

    Click the following link to preview and purchase tracks:


    Spirit Waves Album by Michael McDonald

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