By Serina Tatham
Shopping for men can be challenging. With everything going on in the world today, it is very easy to have forgotten about the all-important Father’s Day. With the 21st June swiftly approaching, don’t fall into the panic-buying trap. Instead, let us be your guide to treating your loved one to a sustainable gift that they will treasure.
If you want to treat your dad to something luxurious this Father’s Day, look no further than Stella McCartney. This regenerated cashmere jumper is the perfect present as it’s just as soft and insulating as normal cashmere, but without the damaging environmental impact that comes with animal rearing. They carefully select their supply chains to ensure social sustainability and that their workers are respected. As well as this, they strive to be environmentally friendly in their practises, with monitoring CO2 emissions and water use to name just two.
Socks are a classic present, but Critically Endangered Socks turn an ordinary gift into something more meaningful. The pair you choose determines which charity you help: Oceanic Society, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, WildCats Conservation Alliance, Friends of the National Parks Foundation or the International Elephant Foundation. With 10% of the total sale price going to charity, you can rest assured that the gift will be appreciated not just by your dad. Made of 80% GOTS organic cotton, the socks are about more than just saving endangered animals and are also ecologically responsible.
Danish watchmakers Nordgreen have a unique approach to buying a watch. After selecting your favourite, you choose one of three partner NGOs for a percentage of the sale to go to: Water for Good, Pratham UK or Cool Earth. As a brand, their sustainable manufacturing methods and up-cycled plastic bottles in their packaging mean their carbon emissions are extremely low, making this gift a stylish and responsible choice.
Leading the vegan leather movement, Matt & Natt make gorgeous products. From bags and small leather goods, to shoes, they have endless gift ideas. A perfect present for Father’s Day, their wallet, is made from 100% recycled nylon lining.
Food & Drink
Spoiling your parents is your prerogative, so look no further than Hotel Chocolat’s Happy Father’s Day Collection. A delicious mix of milk and caramel-milk products, this gift will definitely be appreciated. Hotel Chocolat’s 100% ethical cocoa makes them pioneers in the chocolate industry, with their aim for 2021 to have recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging inspiring.
As one of the most sustainable distilleries, Absolut is completely carbon neutral and zero waste, with the by-product feeding the animals in the surrounding area. This 350ml bottle of Absolut Vodka is ideal for any spirits lover.
Changing our diet is the single biggest thing we can do to reduce our individual carbon emissions, and reducing the amount of meat we consume can have a big impact in helping to do this. Whilst you don’t need to go cold-turkey, eating plant-based a few nights a week will have a huge knock-on effect on your environmental footprint. This recipe book from BOSH! is full of easy and delicious recipes and alternative ways of making classic favourites. From lasagnes to sticky toffee pudding, it’ll provide endless inspiration.
Trying to reduce our impact on the planet can seem overwhelming, but this book provides countless tips and tricks to fight climate change and pollution in day-to-day life, making it the perfect gift for someone interested in cultivating a sustainable lifestyle.
Bulldog Skincare is an impressive cruelty-free brand using natural ingredients. They don’t use any harmful plastic microbeads in their products which, unable to break down properly, are ingested by marine life and eventually end up on your plate. As a Certified Carbon Neutral company, instead of using plastic from fossil fuels for their packaging they use sugarcane plastic – a renewable source using little more than natural rainfall to grow. This shave kit includes a bamboo razor, making it a thoughtful and eco-friendly present this Father’s Day.
From stylish watches and luxurious jumpers, to cookbooks and skincare kits, our Father’s Day gift guide shows that you don’t have to compromise when shopping sustainably.
If you have any other ethical gift ideas, please leave them in the comments below. For some more inspiration, check out our sustainable gift ideas for him or our latest valentines ethical gift guide for him.