Its almost time to celebrate the hardworking fathers of the world, and with one of our authors due to join this privileged group any day soon, we wanted to help you all celebrate this day.
We think Fathers Day is always best spent out amongst nature in the mountains or better yet down on a nice sandy beach. One great Fathers Say activity which all the family can get involved with is joining an organised beach cleans. Try heading over to South Landings beach and join the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for the beach clean, or stop by Bacton Keswick beach and join the beach clean there.
If you can’t head out and join a beach clean or get into nature, then perhaps some sustainable shopping ideas for Fathers Day presents would be better. We’ve put together a guide for the best eco-friendly and sustainable products on the market which we think dads will love.
1. Reusable coffee Mug - rCup
We’ve already put together a guide for the reusable mugs, but it’s worth highlighting the rCup again here. It’s an insulated reusable cup with an outer thermal layer made from recycled paper cups. In the UK we throw away on average 350 paper cups with plastic lids each year. The rCup has a lifetime of 10 years and is 100% recyclable. Its a great way to reduce your dad’s daily disposables and get him thinking about sustainability with each sip of coffee.
We love this gift, as it’s a little eco reminder every morning and evening for Dads to start the day sustainably, something that we hope they carry through into the rest of their daily routines. A normal toothbrush will take a thousand years to decompose, and switching to a sustainably cropped Bamboo toothbrush can stop the estimated 200 toothbrushes we each get through in our lifetime from lasting long after we are gone.
3. Portable solar charger - Rav Power Solar Charger
If your Dad loves his gadgets, a portable solar charger could be a great way for him to reduce his carbon footprint. Even propped up in a window, it will give him hours of renewable electricity.
As a frequent user of Rav power products, I can highly recommend this brand as a great quality manufacturer. These solar chargers can even work in an overcast English summer.
4. Water Bottle - Chilli Bottle
Help Dad get in his 2.5 litres per day with one of the ever-popular chilli bottles. With hundreds of designs to choose from, you’ll definitely be able to find one to suit you Dad and help him to reduce the amount of plastic bottles in the process too.
5. Plant a tree in Dad’s honour
Planting a tree in Dad’s honour is a lovely way to offer the protection and produce of a tree for years and generations to come.
This shaving cream is made here in the UK so you don’t need to worry about long shipping miles going into this product, its vegan friendly and paraben-free. Not only that, it’s also made from recyclable packaging so Dad can put it out with the bean cans after he’s done.
7. Energy efficient Kettle - Vektra Eco Kettle
If your Dad is like mine, he’ll be turning the kettle on at least 10 times a day, and an energy-efficient kettle can be just the thing to reduce his electricity consumption. I really like my vacuum-sealed kettle which keeps water hot after boiling for 4 hours.
8. Bamboo Socks
It wouldn’t be a Fathers Day gift guide without some socks, so we’ve added in some organic bamboo socks made from sustainably farmed cropped and featuring a nifty cycling design which will hopefully inspire Dads to dust off the old saddle and take the bike on their next journey.
One for the keen gardener, this will help keep track of how much water is being used on the garden grass. With hose pipe bans becoming more common, this will help Dads really realise how much water they are using. and will help the budget-conscious Dads out there keep an eye on their water bill.
10. Ethletic Trainers - for the more fashion-conscious dads
The Ethletic fair trainer is the leading brand in fairtrade sneakers having made the worlds first certified organic fairtrade sneaker back in 2010 and now vegan friendly by using natural vegan leather.
Say no to the gift wrap!
There is a huge amount of non-recyclable paper being thrown into landfill each year due to plastic-coated gift wrap. If you choose a little present, why not wrap it up in a large sheet of Beeswax Wrap, combining 2 presents in 1, or put the gift in an organic cotton tote bag; ideal for the next time Dad gets dragged down to the shops.