Eco Friendly Shopping Picks: Dads, Grads, and Summer Plans

This is such a crazy time of year with graduations, other end of school year activities, preparing for camp and summer, and of course Father’s Day!  But what to get Dad?  I’ve always found shopping for dads and husbands to be one difficult task.  I mean, ties, tools and socks get old really fast.

If you can’t treat Dad to a spa vacation, how about some affordable eco friendly products to soothe Dad’s muscles after a tough workout. Check out this great natural herbal healing spray from Elemental Herbs.  It comes in two really nice gift box selections.  And while ties and socks may be a little boring, what about some eco friendly clothing, like a comfy pair of Reparel™ sweatpants, or a tee-shirt or hoodie in Dad’s best color?  There are 12 great colors for the tees and 9 for the hoodies.  We love the Moss, Earth and Royal Blue colors!  But you choose.

If Dad is a big coffee lover, what better gift than a case of fair trade coffee from Equal Exchange?  Equal Exchange has supported small farmer co-ops, using sustainable farming methods, for over 25 years.  These Fair Trade, Organic and Kosher coffees are crafted by a talented team of roasters who develop these 100% Arabica beans to their full flavor potential in blends, espressos, decaffeinated, and flavored coffees in a range of roasts.

You can also shop for dads or grads with this perfect eco friendly gift: Vintage Vinyl Journals.  These journals are hand-crafted American-made quality notebooks from unplayable recycled vinyl records and 100% acid free recycled paper.  Each journal uses the original album artwork and vinyl record for the covers.  For Dads, choose from artists like Bruce Springsteen, The Stones, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and other classic rockers still registering on the cool scale.  For grads, they might like the same classic rockers Dad does, or maybe they’d like Madonna or U2?  The journals are limited editions, depending on the availability of the records.

Another great gift for Dads, or Grads, is an eco tote waterproof insulated bottle carrier and a lightweight, durable, stainless steel water bottle for those summer outings. Pick the bottle caption you like, with “Energized”, “Tread Lightly”, and “Inspired” being a few of our favorites.

For the female grads, we also have some very special one of a kind upcycled handbags from Basmati Bags, gorgeous fair trade jewelry, such as this chakra set, from Shanti Boutique, and these new absolutely beautiful brass and silver filigree teardrop earrings, handmade jewelry from Bottled Up Designs.

Enough with all the grown up gifts, what about all the younger kids getting ready for summer?  Just in time for camp, I discovered this adorable line of kids organic clothing from Dhana EcoKids.  Now that the weather has finally warmed up, my daughter got a chance to wear her new Crystal Rose Organic A-Line Dress.  She really loves how incredibly soft it feels on her skin, and how it flows just right.  I love that it is machine washable and made of 100% certified organic cotton and eco friendly dyes.  Other great items from Dhana include “green energy” inspired organic cotton tees for boys and girls, cute summer dresses and super soft boys polo shirts.

Finally, don’t send the kids off to camp without a hefty supply of sunscreen.  I’m so happy to have found this great natural sunscreen (available in Sport or Kids formulas and in Sunstick) from Elemental Herbs.  Made of pure non-nano zinc oxide and other organic ingredients, this sunscreen is safe for kids, and safe for the ocean.  It provides UVA/UVB Broad spectrum Protection , and it is 100% GMO Free, Hypo-Allergenic, Gluten Free, Vegan, PABA Free, Paraben Free, and Biodegradeable.  Now that’s something you can feel good about!!

Enjoy these last days of spring and have a wonderful summer!