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As cities and regions in Australia continue to lock down as a result of the highly contagious delta variant, it can be reasonably expected that Father’s Day will be celebrated indoors this year. With this in mind, we’ve curated this list of eco-friendly gifts for the father or father figure in your life that can be enjoyed in the comfort of their own home.
If your dad is looking to flex his green thumb during lockdown, he’ll value a pair of high quality pruners and secateurs. Brands to consider buying as a gift for dad include the Swiss brand Felco and Japanese brand ARS. Both brands produce heavy-duty secateurs that feature red ergonomic handles and are built to last with components that are easily replaced. Felco carries a lifetime guarantee.
Felco classic pruner (pictured below) priced from $54.99. Shop here.
2. Funky socks
Australian sustainable brand UPPAREL, known for its commitment to circular fashion by recycling textiles and creating products from these upcycled fabrics, are also the makers of the funkiest socks made that come in vibrant colours and bold patterns. A gift of UPPAREL socks made from recycled cotton are guaranteed to brighten your dad’s day, father’s day or not.
Price range from $30-45 for a pack of three pairs. Buy here.
3. Bamboo bathrobe
Light yet ultra-absorbent, ettitude‘s popular waffle-weave unisex bathrobe is crafted from the company’s signature CleanBamboo fabric produced in a closed-loop system. The brand’s technology reuses water up to 200 times, recycling 98% of water in the process. Available in many colourways including natural, slate, moon and sage, this is an eco-friendly gift for your ‘old man’ that’s as practical and useful as it is sustainable.
Priced at $130 AUD. Shop here.
4. Sustainable sneakers
Footwear company Merrell have introduced a range of stylish sneakers that are vegan-friendly, made of recycled knit fabric, recycled laces and even recycled rubber outsole. There are a range of styles and colours to choose from so take your time browsing the website – you’ll want to gift the kicks that your dad will love.
5. Crew neck tee
Keen to introduce your father to a bigger, better world of sustainable fashion? A long-sleeved crew neck tee from Boody is exactly the gift to give your dad. Made from super soft organically grown bamboo (viscose) and featuring a relaxed fit, this top comes in four staple colours including black, dark marl and white. This is a comfy and versatile top your dad will actually want to wear and get a lot of use out of.
Price starts from $49.95 Buy it here.
6. Will & Bear Hat
Australian hat company Will & Bear are the makers of some of the most stylish and responsibly-made wide-brim hats on the (ethical) market. Handcrafted by artisans in Mongolia, Sri Lanka and China from 100% Australian wool, this is a hat your father will want to wear put over his head, whether he’s pruning the garden roses or cooking up a backyard barbecue.
Prices start from $99. Browse the complete collection here.
7. Gardening club membership
Dad has everything he needs and not sure what to get him? Get him a Diggers Club gift membership and he’ll join 75,000 Australians who benefit from discounted prices on seeds, plants and supplies as well as free gardening magazines throughout the year, an illustrated seed sowing guide and two packets of free seeds.
One-year gift membership $59. Purchase here.
Disclosure: This curated list does not fully take into account all ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. Prices are correct at time of publishing. For more information, click here. Cover image via Will & Bear.