Green Father's Day Gifts
Keep your green on Father's Day with these earth-friendly gift ideas. For more great green tips all year long, sign up for daily green tips from The Green Life.
If your dad loves to have the latest gadget, shop for eco-friendly innovations like a solar powered motion sensing outdoor light, or a wind/solar powered cell phone charger.
Cook a local dinner
Take an hour or so over the weekend to prepare sone delicious, hearty local food for Dad. Summer's just begun, so your farmers' market is likely in full swing, with plenty of seasonal, ethically farmed options. Local Harvest's directory lists farmers' markets across America. Once you’ve found your ingredients, decide on something exciting to cook. We recommend Foodgawker for simple but fancy-tasting recipes.
The Gift of Time
Skip the stuff and give your dad a break by volunteering to run errands (on your bike, of course), prepare a healthy dinner, or tend the garden.
Take a Hike
If you live near your parents, take them for a hike. Trails.com maintains a nationwide trail map, with treks ranging from easy strolls to strenuous excursions. If your dad is like most, he just wants to spend time with you, and what better way than in an outdoor place of beauty? Take advantage of this good excuse to get out there and spend some quality time with your folks.
Since paper is made of trees, and paper mills use immense amounts of water and emit tons of chemicals, imagine the impact it would make if all Father's Day cards were recycled or electronic. Even recycled cards, though, end up in the landfill, where they emit methane as they decompose. One alternative is to make a card out of old magazines and wall calendars. Another is to give a card made of plantable seed paper; bury it and when the paper biodegrades, the seeds grow into wildflowers.
Green on the Links
Though it seems like a lovely way to spend a day with Dad, golfing is, ironically, not green at all. Thousands of trees are often cut down to develop a single golf course, which is then regularly sprayed with untold amounts of pesticides and herbicides, and irrigated with some 300,000 gallons of water per day. However, if you simply can’t get him off the green, suggest that he play on Audubon-certified courses and buy pre-owned clubs and balls.
Give experiences, not things
Give green experiences such as a certificate to an organic restaurant or a membership in a cycling club or car-share program (such as zipcar.com).