Ditch the tie this Father’s Day and get dad something he really wants. These gifts are sure to please — and actually be used– and they’re good for the environment too. Whether your father is eco-conscious, or the “green” aspect of the gift is driven by your own respect for the environment, these are our top 3 eco-friendly Father’s Day recommendations:
1. GoSun Solar Cooker
Going fuel-free never looked this good! These super portable, space-age looking appliances are great for backyard picnics, camping trips, or for everyday use. The GoSun can cook in cloudy conditions, reaches temperatures of up to 550°F, and, in as little as 20 minutes, you can have a steamed, baked, fried, roasted, or broiled meal! Yum! What dad wouldn’t love that?
2. DIY Rainwater Catcher
There are lots of ready-to-use rainwater collection systems on the market, but why not spend some quality time with dad and build one together? They are easy to make and will cost you a fraction of what it would cost to buy one. We love these step by step instructions from Apartment Therapy.
3. Organic Beer Brewing Kit
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a nice, cold beer after a long day. However, the resources and energy that it takes to brew and ship beer to our local grocery store can hardly be called sustainable. This year, why not get dad an organic home-brewing kit? Dad will love this – plus, there’s the added experiential benefit of brewing and enjoying the beer together. Dad will enjoy his next “cold one” even more when he’s gone through the making process himself. Now that’s my kind of gift.
Happy Father’s Day!
What are you surprising your dad with this year?
Jennie Lyon is a green lifestyle writer and the owner of Sweet Greens, the award-winning green lifestyle blog. She posts on simple, fun ways families can go green together – starting with her own. When she isn’t blogging, you will find her paddleboarding, sailing, beach-combing, camping, or spending time with her amazing husband and 13-year old son.