Father’s Day is right around the corner on 19th June, so it’s time to spoil the special man in your life.
Dads are notoriously hard to buy for (at least mine is!) so choosing an ethical gift he’ll love is an extra challenge. Luckily for you I’ve been scouting out some new ethical finds!
Here’s my 5 favourite ethical finds this Father’s Day:
For ‘Gadget Dad’
After a chance meeting with the London Fire Brigade, Elvis and Kresse discovered that when fire hose is too worn out to be repaired it goes to landfill.
Where others saw waste they saw bravery and beauty, so they teamed up with skilled craftspeople to rescue the hose – after all it’s designed to survive the toughest environments!
They’ve based their ethical business on the principles of reclamation, innovation and donation – they donate 50% of their profits to The Fire Fighters Charity and pride themselves on timeless design and handmade, unique products. They’ve also reclaimed over 160 tons of waste so far…and counting!
Who doesn’t love an accessory with an ethical story to tell?
If your Dad is gadget mad he’ll love this iPad case. The outside is made from decommissioned fire hose (think of all the lives it’s saved!) and the lining is reclaimed parachute silk. Pretty cool! They’ve also got a beautiful range of overnight bags, satchels and wallets too.
Ipad Case £70 made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and reclaimed parachute silk.
Watch This Space
Sprout’s mission is simple – to make the most eco-forward watches on the market.
They use sustainable and biodegradable materials like corn resin, bamboo, cork and organic cotton and work with 1% For The Planet – donating 1% of sales to environmental groups, and Riverkeepers, who’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River.
Organic cotton khaki and orange men’s watch with bamboo dial, $35 USD
Their men’s watches are perfect for outdoor adventures or weekends around town, with bold faces and stylish colours – including a splash of neon that’s right on trend.
For When You Can’t Go Wrong With Socks
Socks are the go-to Father’s Day gift for the Dad who has everything. Whether you think it’s cliche or classic, you can make this gift a more thoughtful (and ethical) pressie thanks to Braintree clothing’s range of bamboo socks! Made from soft and breathable bamboo they have a range of classic colours to choose from.
Braintree clothing are proud supporters of slow fashion and put a lot of thought into the ethical credentials of their fabrics at every step of the supply chain.
Even better, bamboo is known for its strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties – so say goodbye to Dad’s smelly feet too!
A close shave
My dad likes to think he’s super smooth, and thanks to Bluebeards Revenge he can be! Beards are all the rage at the moment so whether your dad likes a clean shave or a big bushy beard, you’ll be able to find him something here!
I think their classic shave kit makes a great gift set but it’s well worth checking out what else they have to offer if you’re looking for aftershave or even hair and body products.
The Bluebeards Revenge classic kit £29.99
Their products are paraben free (parabens are preservatives widely used in cosmetics, but their safety has been called into question in recent years linking them to cancer and other health problems. The scientific community isn’t sure, but it’s probably best to steer clear!)
Have you found any ethical gems for Father’s Day? Share your top shopping tips in the comments below!
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They’re also completely against animal testing because, according to their website, they couldn’t find any fluffy four-legged friends daft enough to volunteer so they roped in real human beings instead. That’s what we like to hear boys!
For the Dad who has everything
If you’ve left it to the last minute, or your Dad’s used the classic line “oh just get me a card” then you can always get him the gift that keeps on growing.
For £15 you can plant a tree in the Scottish Highlands and dedicate it to your Dad – all from the comfort of your living room!
Trees For Life will send you a gift certificate you can give to Dad on the day and his dedicated tree will be planted in the Caledonian Forest, one of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.
In 2012 Trees For Life planted their one millionth tree and they’re now on track for another million by 2018 – an ambitious target which will help restore one of the world’s greatest woodland habitats.
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