5 Father’s Day gift ideas that will save the planet

Increasingly we have sustainability and green choices on our minds. So, this year, why not make your Father’s Day gift sustainable.

Start by asking yourself three simple questions before making your purchase: What resources are involved to produce the item you’re purchasing? What impact does its production having on people around the world? Or, what will happen if your item breaks or you decide you no longer need it?

Here are some sustainable gift options provided by Humber’s Office of Sustainability:

1. Let the sun provide the power

Whether dad works outside or is a devoted camper, portable solar chargers can be easily carried and are handy to use. These chargers are a great gift idea and withstand non-renewable energy sources. They are eco-friendly allowing you to carry your charging station on the go. Learn more about portable solar chargers and how they are making an impact in our life faster than we think.

2. Good things come and grow

Visit a local farmers’ market this weekend and help support communities by creating a healthy local economy. The markets bring food lovers, growers and eaters alike to enjoy items grown close to home and do not take thousands of kilometers to arrive at your supermarket. There are many farmer’s markets to check out in Toronto this Sunday and for the rest of the week.

3. Make a difference

Does your dad really need another T-shirt or mug saying he’s the best dad of the year? This year, share his best qualities with the world and donate to an organization in his name. Learn about his interests, passions and causes he supports and make a difference in the community. Here’s some help to get you started: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/.

4. Memories last a lifetime

Skip the gift and share an experience together. From things to do outdoors to places to eat, TripSavvy gathered some great ideas to make this Father’s Day a memorable one. Note: Don’t forget to take a few photos to capture the moment.

5. No frills, no problem

No need to buy wrapping paper. Try something new for dad’s gift and make use of things that are readily available such as old newspaper or an unused paper bag you have stored in the back of your closet.

Let’s give mother nature a break this gift-giving season. Learn more sustainable options for your everyday lifestyle: https://humber.ca/sustainability/resources/sustainability-home