This Father’s Day, let’s look beyond the climate headlines and celebrate the man who taught us to do the right thing, to look out for others as well as ourselves, and to leave the world a better place than we found it. For the man who helped shape your world, here are some gift ideas that show you’ve thought not just about the thing itself, but also about the impact it left on the world.
Coffee/Tea Gifts & Subscriptions
We’ve got a wonderful selection of organic, fair trade coffee roasters on GreenerDailyLife.com. Several offer gift collections and coffee subscriptions, for a gift that keeps on giving, including Dean’s Beans, Shearwater, Grounds & Hounds, Burlap & Bean, Groundwork Coffee, and the Pachamama farmer-owned co-operative.
Fair Trade Chocolate
Recently, we reviewed the a selection of fair-trade and farmer-owned chocolate brands. Delicious chocolate that ALSO supports a fair wage and a better standard of living for farmers … What could be bad?
For coffee-loving fathers who haven’t yet tried cold brew, it’s about time. Cold brew is made by soaking ground coffee in cold water for 12 hours or more. The result is a concentrated liquid, to which you add either hot or cold water and/or milk to taste. The cold brewing process extracts much less acidity from the coffee grounds than standard hot brewing, producing a rich, mellow cup of coffee, hot or iced.
Summer Clothes He’ll Love
Our favorite sustainable fashion brands offer a great selection of beautifully designed, sustainably made men’s shirts and shorts for summer, including brands such as Nau, Fair Indigo, Indigenous, Threads for Thought, United by Blue, Outerknown, and of course Patagonia.
Vegan Bags, Belts and Wallets
Our clothing sections include makers of beautifully designed, ethical, and vegan belts, and wallets. Our favorites include items made from renewable cork, a surprisingly beautiful, resilient, and adaptable material that is naturally waterproof and stain-resistant, from brands such as Cork by Design, Matt & Nat, Ono Creations, and Cliff NYC.
Organic Cotton Socks
For the man who loves books, here are several of our favorites:
- Stunning photographs of wildlife our grandchildren may only see in books. This oversized book by David Yarrow, Wild Encounters, is a gem.
- For the foodie Dad, either of Michael Pollan’s best-sellers: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, or In Defense of Food, will provide food for thought as well as guidance on what to make for dinner.
- For the businessman, an introduction to the intricate connections between business decisions and environmental, social, and climate impacts – with a positive vision of a clean, new economy, in Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, or his more recent Drawdown.
Finally, the best gift we can imagine is scheduling a shared outdoor event – maybe a picnic, camping trip, fishing, a hike or simply a stroll. Prepare treats: pack some enticing organic nibbles and plenty of fluids. Dads can be tough to find gifts for, but this one is a sure thing.
There are lots of ways to delight the father(s) in your life – or even to nudge Dad in a greenish direction – while still respecting Mother Earth. Happy Father’s Day!
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