Father’s Day is on 16 June - time to let Dad know he’s loved and appreciated. But this year, why not spoil Dad without spoiling the planet? Here’s our rundown of the best eco gifts for Dads in 2019.
This water powered clock is a must-have for any gadget lover. It’s eco-friendly, looks great and is powered by good old H2O. Ingenious.
Roberts has always set the standard for cool radios. But this one is cooling the planet as well - it’s solar powered. Meanwhile, this nifty little gadget can be fixed to your shower: a water-powered radio for bathroom singing in style.
The sound system
The simplicity and genius of this portable bamboo speaker is enough to delight any Dad who loves his playlist and his smartphone. These ones from Etsy are custom made and you can personalise them.
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Dad on the go
For Dads who need to be out and about, make sure he’s not tempted to grab disposable lunch and plastic coffees. This durable and smart lunchbox should be a great reminder to leave the house prepared, while a fully customisable reusable coffee cup with make him want to wear his eco-credentials proudly. And if you really want to say 'I love you', why not fill them up for him too?
Let Dad hog the bathroom by treating him to this plastic-free shaving kit which comes complete with cruelty free vegan shaving soap, a wooden handled shaving brush and replacement blades. For a complete grooming kit for tired fathers, why not throw in this Antipodes eye cream (even their label printing is eco friendly) or select from Mossy Barber’s fab plastic free products.
The solar charger
If Dad is a great outdoors enthusiast, make sure he doesn’t go completely off-grid with this portable solar panel charger. One reviewer noted that it worked ‘flawlessly’ despite ‘falling off the roof of my car, being accidentally run over, and getting completely covered in dust, sand and mud’.
Meanwhile if he just needs to keep in touch this high capacity solar powerbank might be perfect for keeping his phone charged when going off grid.
The full kit
For the full on, totally-kitted-out, Dad-off-grid experience, this Biolite Energy bundle+ boasts a biofuel burner, a grill, solar panel charger and lights. You can also purchase some of these items separately.
The best bikes
Electric bikes (e-bikes) are without doubt the new big thing. Environmentally friendly, cheap to run, and handy for Dads on commutes or Dads with small people to ferry about, e-bikes are fast becoming a transport solution for many of us. Check out where to find an e-bike he will swoon over and our handy guide to what to look for.
- For the stylish gent, this eco-friendly bamboo watch is made from sustainable and organic materials, in a way that ensures fair working practices.
Po Zu is an ethical shoe company that refuses to compromise on cool. I can’t think of any Dad who wouldn’t go wild for these Star Wars sneakers. The ethical supply chain, environmentally-friendly materials and emphasis on worker involvement makes these shoes must-haves for Star Wars fans and eco-Dads alike.
If Dad could use some new threads, Rapanui may be the place to head for this year’s Father’s day present - organic cotton clothing that shows you the garment’s journey from beginning to end. We especially like their iconic Ban the Bag T-shirt, highlighting ocean damage from plastic waste.
There are plenty of ethical, earth-friendly options out there and there’s no reason to compromise the planet to make Dad’s day. You can find real treasures at vintage stores and charity shops - from comic books and vintage sneakers to biscuit barrels and gardening tools without adding to your carbon footprint, and reusing a pre-loved item that might otherwise end up in landfill.
And of course, there’s also the option to celebrate Dad without buying gifts. Plan a bike ride, make a picnic, go for a walk or cook him his favourite meal. However you decide to celebrate, you can choose to thank Dad in a way the planet will thank you for too.
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