Father’s Day is nearly upon us. And when it comes to finding a good gift for the man who’s notoriously hard to shop for, it’s the thought that counts. However, sometimes we could all probably think a bit harder and give Dad a gift that’s both thoughtful for him and the planet, too.
On that note, research also reveals that Aussies are only spending an average of 1.5 days thinking about, researching and shopping for a gift on Father’s Day, with 3.2 million Aussies usually ending up rushing to buy a gift the day before.
Unfortunately, the issue is that gifts are more often than not, wasted. A recent YouGov Galaxy Research 10 August 2018 released figures that Australians are spending an average of $65 each and wasting and accumulative $58.2 million on unused gifts on Father’s Day every year, with almost half of Dads (43%) admitting that they have received Father’s Day gifts that have never been used or worn. Not only is this a waste of money, many of these unused gifts end up in landfill. So, both Dad and the planet lose out.
The rise of the Eco-conscious Dad
Thankfully, Aussie Dads are becoming a lot more planet-thoughtful than the generations that preceded them. For instance, they’re increasing their support for all kinds of worthwhile environmental and social issues from homelessness to reducing waste. So, they’re primed for a gift that will affect change for the better.
According to Galaxy’s research, 77% of Aussie Dads said they would like to be gifted a gift that gives back to social or environmental causes. So, even though Dad might not seem that trendy, he’s quietly riding a trend which sees more than nine in ten fathers (92%) doing things in their household to help teach their kids about living sustainably.
Moral of the story, Dad is always thinking ahead. Now, you can too with a special gift from ING Dreamstarter – a selection of ethically and socially minded Father’s Day gift ideas from businesses that exist to make our world a better place for current and future generations.
Twelve sustainable gifts that give back this Father’s Day
Dad always taught you to be responsible. Now, you can show him you’ve been paying attention with all kinds thoughtful gift ideas for Father’s Day. All you have to do is choose… which is easier said than done.
1. Crema Joe, SealPod Coffee Bundle, $62.00
SealPod Nespresso®* compatible reusable capsules and our Bespoke Blend Coffee, crafted and ground exclusively for use with Dad’s pods, minus the capsule waste.
2. Will & Bear, William Brown Hat, $99.00
Men’s and women’s hats designed in Australia, handmade for the world. Will & Bear plant 10 trees for every hat sold, so Dad will not only look cool in this contemporary hat, but he can feel proud, too.
3. Will & Bear, Walker Dad Cap, $59.00
Will & Bear have a hat for all the active Dads out there who want to get outdoors and get back to nature. On that note, 10 trees are planted for every hat sold. It’s the hat the keeps on giving.
4. Ahimsa Collective, Card wallet, $39.00
To combat the fashion industry’s carbon footprint, this wallet is made using sustainable 100% Black Washable Paper. It’s durable, stylish and eco-smart. Perfect for Dads on the go!
5. Surf Sock, Sustainable Surf pack, $37.50
Now, Dad doesn’t have to use single-use plastic bags to get his wettie on ever again. Surf Socks are made from new sail offcuts destined for landfill. They’re strong, reusable and 100% recycled. And thanks to a bamboo-made wax comb and a cake of Froth surf wax that doesn’t come off in the ocean, you’re helping Dad surf sustainably.
6. The Other Straw, Original Bamboo Straws, 2-Pack, $10.00
To help keep our oceans straw-free, The Other Straw has replaced single-use plastic straws with reusable, ethical, sustainable bamboo straws. Your smoothie-loving Dad will love them. The planet will, too.
7. Raise The Bar, 2-Pack, Peppermint Repurposed Coffee Scrub Bar, $28.95
Before Dad has his morning coffee, he can start the day with a Coffee Scrub Bar. Made from repurposed coffee grounds, they’re perfect for Dads who enjoy taking care of their skin as much as they do the environment. One scrub will leave his skin feeling smooth and smelling awesome.
8. Amber Drop Honey, The Sweetest Thing Honey Gift Box, $42.00
What could possibly be sweeter than Dad? Well, a Honey Gift Box, for starters. Honey and bee-loving Dads will be buzzing about this amazing collection of three locally-made, sustainable honey varieties presented in an environmentally friendly box.
9. Eat Me Chutneys, Organic Tomato and Kaffir Lime Chutney, $12.00
There’s nothing worse than good food going to waste. Eat Me Chutneys will get Dad’s taste buds dancing, with all kinds of good stuff made from ‘wonky’ produce. Plus, it contributes to small-scale Aussie farming. It’s a win, win!
10. Beard Season, Playing Cards, $45.00
Card games and conversation go hand-in-hand. And these Beard Season playing cards will spark all kinds of banter for Dad and his mates, including the need to get a life-saving melanoma skin check.
11. NORTH, Water Dreaming Short Sleeve Shirt, $180.00
Celebrate Australian indigenous artists with a smart linen shirt featuring a unique and meaningful cultural design. Perfect for a Dad who loves to share a good story and look good while doing it.
12. Warndu, Warndu Mai good food cookbook, $45.00
Dads who love natural foods will love this fully illustrated, informative and contemporary cookbook that champions the ancient overlooked and under-appreciated ingredients and culture of indigenous Australia.
This study was conducted by YouGov Galaxy in August 2018. The sample comprises of two groups:
- 1003 national sample of Australians aged 18 years and older
- 1002 Australian Dads aged 18 years and older
Age, gender and region quotas were applied to the sample. Following the completion of interviewing, the data was weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest ABS population estimates.
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