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Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Guide

eco-friendly father's day gifts

eco-friendly father's day gifts

Father’s Day falls on Sunday 16th June this year – so don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to go before then!  If you’re anything like me you’ll find it hard shopping for the dad or father-figure in your life, especially if you want to shop with eco intentions.  To help you out here’s an eco-friendly Father’s Day gift guide that is sure to cater for any taste:

ethical father's day gift ideas

Benromach Organic Single Malt Whisky (£34) – The world’s first bottled single malt whisky to be fully certified as organic, the whisky is also matured in oak casks from environmentally managed forests, making it one of the most environmentally friendly spirits on the market.

Sharp’s Brewery Case of Mixed Beer (£29) – Perhaps your dad is more of a beer man?  This mixed case of beer from Cornish based Sharps Brewery treads lightly on the environment.  Sharp’s recycle all of their raw waste in some rather novel ways.  A local dairy herd consumes their spent grain; local pigs eat the spent yeast; beef cows drink up to 30 litres of waste beer per week (I get images of a herd of drunk cows….!); and much more.

Home-brew Kit (£33.60) – Alternatively, if you dad likes a bit of DIY he might like a homebrew kit!  We’ve made our own beer before: it’s surprisingly easy and tasty.  Be warned – we have had reports of minor bottle explosions from friends who have also homebrewed so it’s best to read the instructions fully!

eco-friendly father's day gift guide

Paper Potter Kit (affiliate link) (£11.75)- A paper potter is a handy tool for making pots for seeds/seedlings out of newspaper.  We have one and love it – it’s quite relaxing sitting making pots and means you don’t need lots of plastic pots, just a pile of old papers.

Recycled Leather Garden Belt (£18) – A garden belt is a useful tool for any keen gardener, especially when it’s made of recycled leather.

father's day gift ideas

Cork iPad Sleeve (£19.99) from Nigel’s Eco Store – Is your dad a gadget man?  A cork iPad sleeve is the ultimate in sustainability.  Cork is a really sustainable material, but now cork forests are being threatened because of screw-top bottles (a post will follow on this here), so perpetuating a market for cork helps protect the forests.

Ethletic Trainers (£44) – If you’ve got a slightly bigger budget and a hip dad, these trainers from Ethletic are ethical and eco.

father's day gifts

Ecology Salt Pig (£9.95) – Ecology have great eco-credentials: they use eco-friendly processes and materials in the manufacturing of their ceramic kitchenware, which are made in energy-efficient factories and are virtually free of chemicals.  This salt pig is a stylish addition to any kitchen and would be appreciate by foodie dads everywhere.  (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Ecology Pizza Cutter (£12.95) – If your dad is more of a fast food kind of guy, Ecology’s bamboo handled pizza cutter is super sustainable as bamboo is a natural and sustainable raw material, that suffers from few pests so can be grown without the use of pesticides.  It’s also one of the fastest growing plants on earth, growing up to an astonishing 100cm in just 24 hours! (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

I hope you enjoyed this eco-friendly Father’s Day gift guide!  Have a lovely day with your dad!

Life & Style, Special Occasions

Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

eco-friendly gifts

eco-friendly gifts

Mother’s Day is nearly upon us – Sunday 10th March is the date for your diary this year (2013) (PS: I’ve you’ve come here through Google I’ve linked to more recent gift guides at the bottom of this post).

It can be quite hard knowing what to get at the best of times, but if you’re looking for an ethical or eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift then it can be a minefield.  Thankfully here is a little Moral Fibres gift guide, showing some lovely eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts broken down in categories that would be well-received by any mum.

eco-friendly mother's day gift ideas

1.  Necklace – People Tree  / 2.  Earrings – People Tree

People Tree have a really nice selection of ethical jewellery and I have to admit this necklace is pretty high up in my own wishlist!  As are there lovely earrings!

ethical mother's day gift ideas

1.  Seasonal Grow Your Own Veg Box – Allotinabox  /  2.  Seasonal Vegetable Tea Towel – Allotinabox

If you’re mum’s a bit green fingered and likes nothing better than pottering around in her garden then Allotinabox have some lovely gift ideas, such as seed sets and this fab seasonal vegetable tea towel.

uk made mother's day gift ideas

1.  Soap Dish – Folksy  /  2. Welsh Blanket Cushion – Not On The High Street

Isn’t this soap dish beautiful?  And these Welsh blanket cushions from Not On The High Street are stunning!  I’d like both in my house, thank you very much!

gift ideas for mums

1.  Chocolate Hamper – Montezuma’s  /  2.  Wine – Vinceremos Organic Wines

And if in doubt organic chocolates and organic wine are always a failsafe Mother’s Day gift!

Happy shopping and have a lovely Mother’s Day!

ps: more ethical/eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts here (2014) and here (2015)!