Happy Father’s Day! This year celebrate Father’s Day in an eco-friendly manner! Here are some simple but green tips to spend this special day!
Make a handmade gift for your dad! Many handmade gifts are eco-friendly, and they are usually budget friendly too! Make him his favorite meal or dessert. Make your own card (this is a great idea for young and older kids alike!). Or craft some natural skin care: dads enjoy good skin care too! Great skin care gift ideas are soaps, lip balms, and aromatherapy body oils.
Here is my recipe from my personal eco blog (Solarkat’s Eco Blog) for herbal melt and pour soaps. http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/2005/11/how-to-make-your-own-herbal-soaps-skin.html
Try Sharon’s (owner of the three all natural beauty websites and SharAmbrosia) wonderful recipe for chamomile lip balm! http://allnaturalbeauty.us/hbr_ingredients.htm#chamomile balmHere is my recipe for all natural aromatherapy body oils! http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/182-eco-living-relax-and-de-stress-with-aromatherapy-body-and-massage-oils
For more gift ideas, check out my eco living article on green and budget friendly gifts! http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/716-eco-living-green-and-budget-friendly-hand-made-gifts
Do Activities In An Eco-Friendly Manner:
Another excellent Father’s Day idea is to do activities that he enjoys, but do them in a more environmental friendly way! If he likes to play sports, maybe surprise him with some organic clothing, eco-friendly or fair trade equipment, or a reusable water bottle. If he likes to cook or barbeque or bake, then make an organic meal or dish together. Does he have a favorite green or community organization he supports? Then make a donation in his name. Does he like to visit or have a membership to local places, such as museums (some have green exhibits), golf courses (many golf courses have conservation programs), or zoos (zoos do a lot of conservation work), etc? Renew his membership and also go with him!
Have a picnic with your dad! Make some of his favorites! Use plenty of fresh, natural, organic, or local ingredients, and reduce the salt and sugar content. Use healthier plant fats such as organic coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, and organic flax seed oil. Use silverware or wooden utensils, and real plates and bowls, instead of disposables. Or if you choose to use plastic ware, wash and reuse them instead of throwing them out, and use biodegradable or compostable plates. Use cloth napkins, or at least paper napkins made with recycled paper. Pack your lunch in reusable bags or a picnic basket. If you use paper or plastic bags, reuse them later or recycle them. After eating, depose of trash properly (don’t litter) and compost if you can. And enjoy the day outdoors, among the wildlife!
Try my recipe for delicious kale chips! http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/745-eco-living-lis-super-delicious-kale-spinach-and-chard-chips
My sister has some awesome recipes on her food blog. Here are her recipes for potato salad, jicama-apple salad, sweet tea, hummus, and lemon pepper broccoli.
Hummus and lemon pepper broccoli: http://littlebexn.blogspot.com/2005/02/extra-virgin-overload.html
Reduce Consumption And Wiser Gift Giving:
Overconsumption is one of the most pressing environmental issues. To reduce consumption: be wiser at gift giving. Give only gifts that he truly needs or wants and that he’ll actually use. Or forgo gift giving (if that is what he prefers) and just spend quality time with him. Don’t give him token gifts (gifts that he won’t use).
When we were kids, my siblings and I used to buy my dad a lot of items that he would never use (including items we thought that he needed). Nowadays for Father’s Day, we usually just try to spend time with him, and we take him out to dinner or cook his favorite foods. I try to give him things he’ll actually use or enjoy, such as paying for meals, bringing desserts, and giving him pictures of his grandkids (placed in a nice picture frame). He is happy since he receives items he actually uses and enjoys, he eats his favorite foods, and we all spend time together.
Here are some more eco living tips on how to green your holidays! http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/69-living-an-earth-friendly-lifestyle/715-eco-living-green-your-holidays
About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog: http://solarkateco.blogspot.com/
For information on Earth Alkemie's products (skin care, hair care, perfumes, DIY raw ingredients, and containers), properties of natural ingredients, the benefits of natural cosmetics, and green business practices, please visit Earth Alkemie’s blog: http://www.earthalkemie.com/blog