With Father’s Day almost upon us, it’s time to make gift buying for dear old dad green again. Consumer-driven holidays don’t have to be waste-filled landfill fodder fests — these gifts are built to last and designed with Mother Nature in mind.
#1 — Stainless Steel Coffee Mug from Eco Vessel
Speaking from personal experience: These. Mugs. Are. Awesome.
Eco Vessel makes a range of stainless steel drink containers, but this mug is perfect for everything from a shatterproof mug to keep in the car to dad’s favorite cup for camping.
#2 — Organic Socks and Underwear from PACT
PACT Apparel is a fantastic source of organic cotton clothing at a reasonable price. They make apparel for women, men, babies, and kids, and their socks and underwear selection is CHOICE. I’ve never met a man alive that has enough socks and underwear — you can’t go wrong with PACT’s multipacks.
#3 — Portable Solar Charger
Shopping for a guy that will NEVER remember to keep his car charger in his car? Say goodbye to dead cell phones with a portable solar charger. Keep it in the glove box and set it on the dash hooked up to your phone so he’ll never have a low battery again.
#4 — Real Snacks
If Dad’s a snackaholic, get him something better than Slim Jims and FunYuns. Bubba’s Fine Foods are a line of grain-free snacks made with real ingredients that dad’ll love, like garlic parmesan banana chips and bourbon vanilla “ungranola”.
If Dad’s a carnivore, you can’t go wrong with Roam Sticks — the only pork snack stick endorsed by sustainable farming advocate Joel Salatin. Made with pasture-raised pork, no synthetic preservatives, and natural ingredients, these things are the perfect real food solution to the junk jerky obsession.
#5 — Shave Kit from Every Man Jack
Every Man Jack makes personal care products for men with a natural twist. Made without parabens, aluminum, phthalates, or dyes and never tested on animals, they even use plant-based ingredients whenever possible.
Keep Dad looking dapper with their Natural Shave Kit, and get him a few sticks of their aluminum-free deodorant while you’re at it.
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#6 — Safety Razors from Vikings Blade
Safety razors are a fantastic zero-waste solution to plastic disposable razors. The blades are easier to recycle, and the razors themselves will last years if properly taken care of.
I LOVE this one by Vikings Blade — it’s heavy, comes in a nice case, and is super easy to use, even for someone who’s never picked up a safety razor before.
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#7 — Bike Tire Wallet from Alchemy Goods
Alchemy Goods makes some fantastic men’s lifestyle products made from sustainable materials, but one of my favorites is definitely this bike tire wallet. Made with upcycled bike tire tubes, they’re tough as nails and will survive years of back pocket butt squashing, but still look pretty slick doing it.
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#8 — Stainless Steel Growler by Stanley
If craft beers are Dad’s jam, get him a growler he can leave in the car (because forgetting your growler and winding up at the microbrewery is the worst). Stanley — the same guys that make the thermoses — has their own big tough stainless steel growler, and it’s a BEAST.
With a 64 oz. capacity and four stainless steel tumblers included, it’s the perfect gift for the beer aficionado in your life — and with four cups, he’ll have no excuse not to share.
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#9 — Sustainable Headphones from House of Marley
The House of Marley makes an incredible line of audio and music gear that any audiophile is bound to love, but the best part? It’s made from sustainable materials like bamboo and recycled polyester. Conscientiously made and beautifully designed, everything from their turntables to their bluetooth speakers are head-turners, but I especially love these wireless on-ear headphones.
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#10 — Ethical Shoes by Oliberte
If the dad in your life only buys new shoes when he’s worn holes into the soles of his old ones, we say good for him, but it may be time for a fresh pair.
You don’t have to compromise sustainability for great, ethical footwear. Oliberte is the world’s first fair-trade shoe company, based in Ethiopia no less, where they produce shoes from sustainable materials like free-range cowhide. Handmade of high-quality materials by people who are paid fair working wages in one of the most impoverished parts of Africa, a gift purchased from Oliberte supports more than just Dad’s arches — it supports a better life for the people who made it.
#11 — A Monthly Meat Subscription
If bacon and ribeyes are all Dad wants on his special day, see to it he gets to indulge in the best. Butcher Box is a meat subscription box that sources only the best, most ethically farmed meats. From grass-fed beef to pastured pork, the only thing that can make this gift better is a good smoker.
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