Father's Day

10 ways to Green Your Father's Day

Father's Day is a bit more tricky in the gift-giving and celebration department than Mother's Day. That is, unless Pop goes wild for white roses and lavender-scented candles. Want to show Dad your love and respect, avoid ugly ties and useless gizmos, keep green, and err on the manly side of things? Give these eco-ideas a try.

  1. Send e-cards

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    Unless Dad has trouble navigating the "World Wide Interweb" and refuses to give up that brick-sized cell phone, try sending him your love and respect digitally.

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  2. Choose restaurants serving local and organic food

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    Dad a steakhouse kind of guy? Treat him to the cut of his choice at an eatery serving antibiotic- and hormone-free meat that comes from small-scale, local farms.

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  3. Choose organic beer

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    Dad deserves the very best, even when it comes to brewski. Hide that Duff for a day and treat his hop-sensitive palate to organic microbrews.

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  4. Choose organic cotton men's underwear

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    Tired of bestowing Daddy Dearest with a drab tie or the requisite "No. 1 Dad" T-shirt each Father's Day? Give him a pair of GY- and mom-approved eco-friendly undies (yes, boxers and briefs are available).

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  5. Choose an electric or push mower

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    Help lawn-fixated dads reach greener pastures by swapping that gas-chugging, pollution-spewing lawn mower with a push or electric model.

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  6. Choose natural aftershave

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    Although your dad might be using the same aftershave that he purchased after sprouting his first stubble, introduce him to some masculine, chem-free alternatives.

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  7. Give your car an eco-friendly wash

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    Does Dad obsess over his six-cylinder baby? Give his car (with his permission, of course) a good green washing for Father's Day. If he's a bit overprotective, gift him waterless and biodegradable car washes and let him do the honors.

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  8. Rent outdoor gear

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    If Pop fancies himself an amateur Davy Crockett or Teddy Roosevelt, rent him the paraphernalia needed for his next excursion into the wild. This way, you'll minimize the generation and disposal of brand new gear.

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  9. Power mobile devices with a hand crank or solar charger

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    Dad a gadget hound? Sons (and daughters) can direct him toward the sun by giving him a solar-powered charger for Father's Day.

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  10. Buy carbon offsets

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    Although they’re a distinctly modern gift, carbon offsets will help Dad (especially if he's a frequent business traveler) reach carbon neutrality.

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