On June 17th, Dads everywhere will be celebrated for many reasons. Some will be thanked for helping us learn how to throw a baseball, others for teaching us how to bake, and many will be celebrated for the values they instilled in us. The latest generation of dads are men who have shown us that people who stand up for the Earth are not wimpy but the truest manly men of all.
This Father’s Day they deserve a gift that they will enjoy and one that is kind to the environment as well. After scouring the internet, we have compiled a list of 10 of the coolest, greenest, and cleanest gifts for the awesome Dads on your Father’s Day shopping list:
Nest Learning Thermostat: The Nest Learning Thermostat is a sleek device designed to fit any home. It will also keep dad from yelling about the expense of the electric bill since its smart technology learns your schedule to keep you comfortable. When you are away from home it turns down the heating or cooling. It gives your energy history and uses Auto-Schedule, Auto-Away, and Airwave technology to save energy and your hard earned money. Retail cost at Lowes is $249.
SmartTalk Solar: Is Dad a talker? Does he like to talk on his cell phone while he is driving? We all know how dangerous this can be. SmartTalk Solar hands-free accessory puts everyone at ease while also saving energy. SmartTalk Solar mounts directly to a vehicles windsheild so the solar panel can face the sun. The solar panel allows drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while allowing for safe conversation in the car. It autoconnects with paired iPhones or smartphones and the solar panel keeps the internal phone battery charged for extended talk time. Retail price is $69.99.
WoodTones: Dad’s can reclaim their music with upcycled WoodTones earbuds by Griffin. These earbuds are made from real wood that has been reclaimed from furniture manufacturing. According to Griffin, “Wood? Good. There’s a reason they don’t make violins, guitars and pianos out of plastic. Music loves wood. Your ears will too.” WoodTones puts together upcycled wood with 8-mm matched neodymium drivers to deliver high quality sound without distortion. Retail price is $29.99.
Wrecords By Monkey: Records might seem old school in this day and age but with a bit of innovation Dad’s new iPhone case can reflect his music style. Wrecords By Monkey has created vinyl record iPhono cases made from real reclaimed vinyl records. The back panels are interchangeable and offer dads a groovy new spin on his phone case. Retails at Wrecordsbymonkey for $45.00.
Ultra Power Recharge Mower by Driven by Solar: Traditional lawnmowers are a nasty source of air pollutants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that American lawnmowers use 800 million gallons of gasoline per year. That is a ton of pollutants being released into the air. The Ultrapower Recharge Mower offers power with cleaner technology. According to Ultrapower’s specs page, “The 36v 10.5Ah lithium battery pack powers the heavy duty cutting motor and provides in excess of 45 minutes of continuous cutting time.” Retail price is $679.
John Deere Tango E5 Automatic Electric Lawnmower: John Deere is a leader in the yard work industry. The company has designed an all-electric lawnmower that can mow an area of up to 19,300 square feet on a single charge. Best of all Dad can relax and sit in the shade because it is fully autonomous. It takes the work out of yard work. Prices vary by location.
Filson-Apolis Philanthropist Briefcase: Apolis Global Citizen is a social enterprise that seeks to equip and empower people through opportunity. The Filson-Apolis Philanthropist Briefcase helps farmers in Uganda become a part of developing industry by providing jobs instead of charity. According to Apolis Global, “Five hundred units of the Philanthropist Briefcase allows the Uganda project to utilize four farmer’s entire yield of cotton for one year.” Retail price is $396.
Eco Crates: Treat Dad to an eco-friendly gift each month with Lost Crates eco-crate. Lost Crate has a variety of crates that are delivered to your door each month and each month new products will appear. The eco crate is filled with eco-friendly goods that could include water bottles, plants, recycled notebooks and other sustainable gifts. This month’s theme is Reuse, Conserve, and Compost. Lost crates says the crate is, “Designed to keep you fed and store foods for a long time, any leftovers can be safely composted.” Retail price is $38 a month plus $5 shipping. (There are monthly, quarterly and yearly plans.)
Eco-Amp iPhone Speaker: If Dad is a fan of origami, music and using products that make the Earth happy, he will love eco-amp, an environmentally friendly iPhone speaker amplifier. The eco-amp is made from FSC Certified 100% Post Consumer paper and requires just a little bit of assembly. Retail price at Eco-Made is $7.99.
Solarlink FR360 by Eton: Is Dad a survivalist? If so, the Solarlink FR360 will come in very handy. It is a self-powered digital AM/FM/NOAA weather radio with flashlight, solar power and USB cell phone charger. It features four different ways it can be powered: solar power, AC power, 3 AAA batteries, or by using the Dynamo/hand crank. There is one flashing red LED light and a built-in 3 white LED light source. Retail price is $60 through BuyGreen.
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