Gift Guide For Dad
Still, haven’t found the perfect present for Father’s Day? Here are 4 eco-friendly gifts for all kinds of tastes at all kinds of budgets.
For the Techie
Dad loves his gadgets, but you don’t want to contribute to the box of obsolete gear in the garage. Give him the Sense Home Energy Monitor. Like a Fitbit for the home, the monitor installs in the electrical panel and detects unique electronic signatures from each plugged-in device, identifying the ones that suck up the most energy. It sends data on both real-time usage and long-term trends to a smartphone app. Knowledge is power that Dad can use to eliminate wasted energy and lower the power bill. Bonus: Offer to recycle the old, inefficient electronics in Dad’s box of discards.
For the Outdoorsman
Everybody knows the rule: Pack it in, pack it out. But it’s easier said than done. If your dad has ever had to pick a campsite clean after a snagged garbage bag dumped all the trash, he’ll appreciate these reusable, washable pop-up trash cans. They may not be stylish, but two of these 30-gallon cans (green for garbage, blue for recycling) will keep a family campsite tidy all weekend. At only $15 each, you can still afford the campsite fees for a weekend in woods with your old man.
For the Businessman
KnowledgeCotton Apparel is a Danish menswear company that emphasizes respect for the environment and for the people who live in it. Their clothes are produced using only sustainable methods and materials like the 100 percent organic cotton in this polo shirt. They also make high-quality basics like tees and oxford shirts, jackets and blazers, all with an eye for style often missing from eco-conscious clothing brands.
For the Coffee Drinker
Dad loves his cup of joe, but his cupboard is overflowing with reusable mugs received as a gift. Help your dad green his coffee habit with a coffee filter that could outlast his coffee maker. Single-use paper filters are usually chlorine-bleached and end up in the landfill, where they seep trace amounts of dioxin. Besides, most coffee aficionados agree that stainless steel-filtered coffee tastes better than paper-filtered. Just make sure you buy a filter that fits the coffee maker your dad uses. Pair it with a pound of his favorite organic coffee ground a little coarser than you’d use for paper filtration.