Giving the special guy in your life a gift? Whether it’s for Father’s Day or any occasion make sure you are buying the best, but make sure it is healthy for him and for the environment. From handsome barware to handcrafted game sets, consider these eco-minded and fair trade options:
- Crate & Barrel’s Moscow Mule Mugs
Not only does Crate & Barrel offer a number of chic home accents and housewares, much of the store’s inventory is fair trade and eco-friendly. From drink-ware made from recycled glass to furniture that’s made from reclaimed wood, Crate & Barrel is doing its part to keep its footprint small. Now, you can do the same. Add a few new pieces to your special someone’s bar cart, like graphite, copper, stainless steel or gold Moscow Mule cups, perfectly suited for the bar-aficionado in your life. And you can feel good knowing that you made a purchase from a company that cares about the environment, all while sipping a cold drink.
- FTD’s Sophisticated Statements Succulent Plant
Whether you want to green up his work-space or give him a little something to just show how much you care, a gift like FTD’s handsomely sophisticated boxed succulent plant is the perfect gift for him. Plus, succulents don’t require much TLC, which makes this gift great, even if he doesn’t have a green thumb. And, eco-minded buyers like you can rest assured because FTD supports human rights and labor standards and uses only certified fair trade fresh flower arrangements.
- All That We Are Singing Bowl
For the man who meditates, consider a singing bowl. Tibetan Buddhists use singing bowls for both prayer and meditation; now, so can the special man in your life. The bronze bowl, which is handcrafted in Nepal, “sings” when a person taps the bowl, then slowly moves the wooden stick around its outside. This singing bowl is available online via Ten Thousand Villages, a company that practices fair trade, which has practiced since 1946, and directly impacts the lives of 20,000 makers across 30 developing countries. When you make a purchase from Ten Thousand Villages you are helping to lay the groundwork for and enabling people to take charge of their life.
- Safari Soapstone Chess Set
The non-profit fair trade retailer Serrv offers a variety of great gifts for men, including the Safari Soapstone Chess Set. The chess set is carved from natural soapstone and dyed to be a beautiful color. Each piece is crafted to represent a safari animal, which includes animals such as the ibex, hippo, giraffe and lion. The pieces are complemented with a soapstone board, too. Serrv has been a fair trade organization since 1949 and works with artisans and farmers from 25 countries around the entire globe.
- Bambeco Hardworking Hands Set
Handcrafted specially from sustainably-managed European beechwood, the Hardworking Hands Gift Set is comprised of beechwood nail brush and soap dish as well as an all natural sea salt soap bar, great for cleaning up dirty hands that are busy in the garden or garage. The retailer strives to inspire others to live sustainably by designing, creating and providing responsible home goods and items. Not only is the company eco-friendly, Bambeco works to promote fair wages and safe workplaces, clean water conservation, and forest restoration and preservation. And, when you spend more than $100 on the Bambeco website, your order ships carbon free.