Pictured above: Shwood eco bamboo sunglasses
We looked off the beaten path to find fun gifts with an eco-angle for this Father’s Day roundup. You might like some of the offerings so much that you order something for yourself as well.
Sprout Watches: With cases made from biodegradable corn resin, these watches are about as eco as a timepiece can get, and they offer a modern, fashion-forward look. Strap materials range from felt and corn to bamboo, cork and organic cotton. With prices starting at $35, Sprout watches can even be purchased with kid’s piggy-bank savings. Among the company’s philanthropic efforts is 1 percent for the planet, which gives 1 percent of sales to environmental groups.
Neuton Lawn Mower: Unless you’ve done the ultimate eco and replaced your lawn with an urban garden, you’ve got grass to mow—or at least someone in the family does. These rechargeable electric mowers are silent, don’t pollute, and one charge gives you an hour of mowing for the smaller-size mower. Plus they look cool.
Shwood Sunglasses: This small company makes all of its wooden-framed sunglasses at its workshop in Portland, Oregon. Each frame is created by hand as a piece of art to showcase the natural beauty of the wood; lenses are made from glass imported from Italy. Get Dad the company’s take on the classic wayfarer with its Canby design, or choose from one of its many other artful shades.
Ursa Major Skin Care: Even if Dad’s not a metrosexual, he will appreciate the pampering these natural skin-care products afford. The company’s line of shave products and skin care don’t contain petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or any of the other no-no chemicals, relying instead on botanicals and other ingredients provided by nature. Ursa Major has one of the most honest and open sustainability policies you’ll see. We like the Dapper Dad Travel Set.
America’s Best Organics: This great site lets you build a custom gift basket for Dad, filled with organic and healthy foods. Check out the Gift for Him Organic Gift Basket or the You Rock! Organic Gift Basket, or create your own.