Life & Style, Special Occasions

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!

Babies, Families, Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Weleda Calendula Baby Range

weleda calendula baby

weleda calendula baby

Bath-time is not a fun time in our house.  Between that oh-so terrible hair wash and that nasty face wash, bath-time really is the worst part of the day for my daughter.  I sincerely doubt there is any product out there that would make bath-time more harmonious.  However, by choosing the right products I can at least ensure I’m not putting any harsh chemicals in her bath or in her hair, making bath-time a happier time for me and for my daughter’s delicate skin.

Weleda, who I’m already a fan of (see my Skin Food review), recently sent me some of their Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash from their baby range to try out, which combines soothing calendula with nourishing almond oil:

weleda calendula shampoo

First things first, I was delighted to see that it doesn’t contain any palm oil (I think), which is worth about 100 gold stars in my opinion.  It’s also 100% natural – free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and colourants – as well as being free of raw material derived from mineral oils.   It’s also packed full of organic ingredients and vegan friendly.    All good things.

I’ve been using it now for a couple of weeks in my daughter’s bath, and it’s such a lovely product.  Yes, we still get the tears and the tantrums, but her hair is soft and shiny, and her skin is soft, with no irritation or dryness.  The scent is delicate and fresh, not harsh or overpowering; and the formulation is gentle on her eyes.  These things, coupled with the fact that it’s palm oil free, mean I can’t think of anything I’d rather use in her bath.  I’ve also been known to use some in the shower for me – my skin and hair are beautifully soft!

At £6.95 for 200ml it’s not the cheapest bath-time product, however it’s certainly not as expensive as some of the other comparable brands out there, and a little does goes a long way.  Definitely a favourite in our house!

You can pick it up online at Weleda’s website; in selected health food stores; or in Boots or Waitrose.

Disclosure: I was sent some products from the Weleda Calendula Baby Range to try out, but all words and opinions are my own.