For the dad or father figure in your life, a few gift ideas from companies that are thinking out of the box when it comes to how we do business.
Swedish essentials brand, ASKET, has been making sleek sustainable pieces since 2015 with a mission to end overconsumption and restore value to the apparel industry. The Overshirt– Designed to be the purest interpretation of the garment, this piece is manufactured from 100% organic, Military-Grade cotton twill, and is 96% traceable, miles ahead of industry standard. The Pique Polo– designed to fill the space for men between a basic T-shirt and stuffy dress shirt, its core is a custom developed soft and substantial, breathable organic cotton knit. ASKET’s straight cut silhouette is embellished with a perfectly balanced collar and a seamless French placket with their signature, tonal mother of pearl buttons.
Eco-conscious Parisian sneaker brand VEJA was founded in 2004 with sustainability, fair trade, and strong labor practices core to the brand’s DNA. The entire process from seed to shoe happens in Brazil and Peru, where fair wages and working conditions meet biodynamic practices as well as materials like wild Amazonian rubber, organic and Fair Trade cotton, rice waste, sugar cane, and recycled plastic bottles. VEJA’s newest addition to their running collection would be a thoughtful gift.
The Impala– Perfectly suited for gym-goers across the spectrum of fitness routines, this model is lightweight, agile, and stable, lending versatility and comfort to a workout. The Impala features ecologically sourced materials like sugarcane, Amazonian rubber, rice waste, recycled plastic, and Ricinus oil.
Noble Oak, an award-winning whiskey brand, was created with the goal of offering a great whiskey that gives back: every bottle plants a tree. In fact, Noble Oak is doubling down by planting two trees for every bottle sold from April through June. Since its inception in 2017, Noble Oak has worked with One Tree Planted to plant trees in areas of need around the country and the program has resulted in almost 500K trees planted and about to be planted throughout the US – from the Redwood Forest in California to Detroit, Michigan, to the Finger Lakes in New York, and everywhere in between. The glass used for all Noble Oak products is 100% recyclable and all paper used for points of sale are either made from recycled material or are FSC certified.
Noble Oak’s parent company, Edrington has made a commitment to become a carbon-neutral business by 2030 for our distilleries, offices, and travel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 70% compared to 2016 levels.
These shoes are sure to start a conversation: the Revive slip-on, designed to help with recovery and for those who like a bit of support and cushion action. The lifecycle of Kane’s flagship Revive slip-on – from harvesting the raw materials for their sugarcane-based shoes to shipping in FSC-certified packaging – is an effort to use more Earth-friendly manufacturing processes. Kane ensures that their injection-molding process produces zero waste, with every scrap being ground up and used in future shoes. Their BounceBack foam is made from sugarcane ethanol. Is this what shoes will look like in the future? Kane sure hopes so.
Icelandic heritage brand and B Corp certified company, 66°North’s has a handful of great products perfect for the active and on the go father figure in your life. Kársnes Windbreaker Jacket, available in multiple colorways ranging from neutrals like black and gray/ silver to more vibrant options like bright berry and lime green is a breathable windbreaker jacket designed to be worn for outdoor activities during the spring/ summer. Suitable for running, biking, hiking, and more this jacket features reflective stripes, two zipped front pockets, and a zipped back pocket.
In addition to using more eco-friendly materials, 66°North, which has been carbon neutral since 2019, publishes all their carbon-related data on their website for customers to track, if interested. The company also makes an effort to reduce waste in manufacturing or put it to work elsewhere. For instance, their Vik gloves are made using leftover cuttings of their PowerStretch fabric.
Rothy’s makes machine washable shoes and bags from 100% recycled materials. The RS01 Sneaker features knit from Rothy’s signature thread (spun from plastic water bottles). The sneaker combines durability with Rothy’s guarantee of washability (yup, you can chuck even these pretty sneakers in your washing machine!). While Rothy’s started with primarily women’s shoes, they’ve recently added on more products for men, including this new stylish take on the classic sneaker.
Terra Thread’s bags are made with organic cotton from India. Working with only fair trade certified factories, and following GOTS guidelines, the brand aspires to offer the most ethical products at affordable prices. The duffle bags, available in countless colors, can serve as a daily gym bag or for weekend getaways.
Given the company offsets its footprint, all products are certified carbon neutral and each purchase gives back to Feeding America, a charity working to end hunger in America. Unlike most bags in the industry that are made from polyester and synthetic materials, Terra Threads products are entirely made from organic cotton, which they work tireless to source directly from farmers and help them as they transition to regenerative organic.
Blueview, a new entry to the footwear market, is replacing petroleum plastics with their proprietary plant-based biodegradable “plastics.” Spending more than six years in research and development, each pair of shoes features: Soleic®, a biodegradable polyurethane foam, and PlantKnitTM a plant-based (combo of hemp and eucalyptus) and biodegradable machine knitted shoe upper. These slide ons are great for summer and fall months. Get dad a pair of shoes that will break down one day, which may seem like an odd thing to say, but isn’t that the ideal: shoes that go back to dirt?