The answer? Eco friendly father's day gifts that are kind to the planet as well as to our dear ole dads. And who knows, perhaps your father will be so impressed by his prezzie that you convert him to a low-waste lifestyle, too.
Read on for some of our favourite eco friendly gift ideas.
Whether it’s wine, coffee beans or some high-quality chocolates (in plastic-free packaging), consumable gifts are not only an eco-friendly option, they’re also often the most appreciated. Pick them up package free in your nearest zero waste shop and gift them in a glass jar. Getting someone something special they can enjoy, particularly something they wouldn’t treat themselves to, is thoughtful. Plus, consumable gifts will be gone by the end of father's day and won’t get left in a corner gathering dust.
#2: Elephant Box
With most of us back at the office now, we're also going back to our on-the-go lunch habits - which create 11 billion pieces of packaging waste in the UK alone! You can inspire your dad to bring lunch to the office with the stylish Elephant Box. At 2 litres capacity, it’s perfect for a generous lunch - and contains a separate compartment for hummus or salad dressing.
Above: Say goodbye to plastic lunchboxes for good with the Elephant Box
#3: Zero Waste On-The-Go Hamper
Our new zero waste hamper will have your Dad covered when it comes to reducing waste on the go. The zero waste on-the-go kit contains a reusable coffee cup, cutlery set and string bag. Be it travelling for work, weekend adventures or just journeys in the car, these are must have items to when you're out and about..
Above: The perfect zero waste hamper for a dad who's always on-the-go
#4: Reusable Cork Coffee Cup
King among eco friendly father's day gift ideas, this reusable coffee cup is ideal for dads who love coffee (all of them, right?) and are always on the go. It’s practical, thoughtful and one of the simplest ways to begin your dad’s conversion to waste-free living. The cork sleeve gives it a unique feel, plus it covers the whole cup, so no risk of scalded fingers!
Above: 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown out each year in the UK - switch to a cork coffee cup
#5: Stainless Steel Water Bottle
This present is a great way to get your dad to drink more water and encourage him to avoid single-use plastic. Our 500ml stainless steel bottle has an uncomplicated and classic design. The smaller size is the perfect companion for hikes and sports, and keeps drinks cool for 12 hours. Our top tip: squeeze a few ice cubes into the wide mouth of the bottle to keep your water cold on those hot days.
Above: This 500ml stainless steel bottle is the perfect size for hiking and sports
#6: Something Crafty
Don’t worry, we’re not thinking macaroni picture frames here – those days are long gone! But even now you’re an adult, we’re sure your dad will still appreciate a father's day gift you’ve made yourself, whether it’s your own pottery mugs or you’re a dab hand with a knitting needle. That’s what we call zero waste gifts with love.
#7: Bamboo Toothbrush Case
Now that we can finally head abroad again, travel accessories can make for a great gift idea. A bamboo toothbrush case will keep Dad’s sustainable toothbrush clean and dry, and the bristles free from germs. Paired with a bamboo toothbrush, this makes a great gift for your eco-warrior Dad..
Above: Keep your toothbrush clean and dry with a toothbrush case
#8: Reusable Cutlery
First it was plastic shopping bags, then plastic straws.... we think disposable cutlery could be the next to be go. After all, does it really make sense to pick up a new set every time you're eating outside? Carrying light-weight bamboo cutlery is a no-brainer to reduce waste - like this stylish pouch by Wild & Stone (even comes with a handy carabiner clip!).
Above: Save hundreds of disposable knives and forks from landfill with reusable cutlery
#9: Time With You!
Our most zero waste gift idea of them all, something that requires no materials and no waste: quality time with you. Take him out for a drink, cook him dinner or treat him to a lunch out. This is such a lovely way for both of you to reconnect on Father’s Day and won’t require any wrapping, either!
Extra tip: Furoshiki Wrap.
Speaking of wrapping presents, if you want to maintain the element of surprise when you hand over your gift, don’t use wasteful wrapping paper. Furoshiki cloth is an elegant and unusual way to wrap your Father’s Day present – and your dad can always reuse it for the next gift he gives you!
Above: Furoshiki wrapping looks better and takes less effort - What's not to love?
Have you ever given your Dad an eco-friendly gift that he loved? Share your ideas in the comments below!