Eco Gifts for Dad

This Father’s Day, get your top pop something both he and the environment can get behind. In addition to some of the new home and garden items we offer on DolphinBlue.com, here are six ideas:

Grill Daddy

Grill Daddy
Nothing beats the great American dad pastime of grilling on a summer day. Make the experience even better with a Grill Daddy, a brush that harnesses the power of steam to clean grills easily and efficiently — no harsh chemicals required. Say bye-bye to baked-on residue and grease, and hello to food that isn’t flavored by whatever got left on the grill last time.
$14.99, www.buygrilldaddy.com

Herban Cowboy Cologne

Herban Cowboy Cologne
Get a whiff of this made-in-the-USA, cruelty-free, sweatshop-free, vegan cologne. The smell of dusk (subtle yet manly), this is just the scent any eco-conscious guy would love to sport. The story is inspirational, too — Herban Cowboy was started in a log cabin on a dirt road, with no Internet service and a spotty phone line. People said personal care products that were both healthy and minimally impactful on the environment couldn’t be done … but founders Luke and Lisa have proved critics wrong.
$29.99, www.herbancowboy.com

Dallas Zoo Giraffe

African Safari Overnight at the Dallas Zoo or
Father’s Day Dinner Tour at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! If you live in the DFW area (like we do here at Dolphin Blue) and have a dad in your life who enjoys the great outdoors, these are two pretty special opportunities: Spend the night at the Dallas Zoo or spend the evening at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. At the zoo, he can kick back and not worry about setting up the tent, building a fire, or foraging for food, and instead focus on encountering animals, listening to special talks, and taking a morning monorail safari ride, all with his kids 7 and older. At the wildlife center, it’s dinner and dessert, followed by a Sunset Safari Tour that introduces you to nocturnal species not seen during the daytime.
Dallas Zoo: $45 to $50 per person, www.dallaszoo.com/event/fathers-day-family-african-safari-overnight/
Fossil Rim: Call 254.897.2960 for details, www.fossilrim.org

RibbedTee

RibbedTee Undershirts
Made in the USA, these comfy undershirts don’t bunch and stay tucked — key for this all-important everyday clothing item. Plus, the collars lay flat and keep their shape, and the tagless labels use non-phthalate ink. Order before June 10, and you can add a personalized monogram for just $5 to the CoolWear Supima, MicroModal/Supima, and CrossOver styles.
$18 and up, www.ribbedtee.com

Tree Planting

Dolphin Blue Tree Planting
For a gift that keeps on giving, turn to our tree planting option. The dedicated trees produce oxygen that we need to breathe; provide habitat for countless species; and stabilize soil, preventing erosion. It comes with a nice (recycled!) personalized gift card to memorialize the planting in a U.S. National Forest.
$27.19, www.dolphinblue.com/office-products-Gift-Tree-Planting.html

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Heroes of Sustainability: Andy Lipkis

Andy LipkisA carefree teenager in 1970, Andy Lipkis’ world was changed when at summer camp in the San Bernardino Mountains, a naturalist shared that the very forests they were surrounded by were dying due to pollution.

Lipkis was only 15, but he soon sprung into action to save the trees, organizing fellow campers to plant smog-tolerant seedlings. By the time he was 18, he’d overseen the planting of thousands of trees and attracted the attention of The Los Angeles Times, which published an article urging readers to help Lipkis in his efforts. Within days, he’d received more than $10,000, solidifying the future of the forest and launching Lipkis’ environmental nonprofit, TreePeople.

Emphasizing Interconnectedness
The organization’s mission is “to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world,” according to its website. It is now one of the largest environmental nonprofits in California.

“TreePeople’s approach is holistic, not just about trees, but about air, water, soil, community, and, yes, economics,” Lipkis told LA Yoga. “After all, where does the tree start and stop? It makes oxygen and soil, and holds water, but it’s also dependent on soil and water, and in the city, on people too. Our very name expresses this basic interconnectedness.”

TreePeople’s projects include environmental education for children, teens, and teachers; tree planting in a range of settings; and the Natural Urban Systems Group, which uses an integrated management approach to come up with sustainable solutions — particularly related to water issues — that benefit multiple parties. Using their knowledge of urban forestry and what motivates people, they’ve been able to inspire communities to take a real stake in their personal health, as well as the health of the environment.

A Nonstop Quest
“People mistakenly think of tree planting and the other work we do as something that can be fulfilled in a simple gesture, in part because that’s how it’s often been communicated: ‘On Earth Day, we’ll recycle or plant a tree.’ Of course that’s lovely, but it’s not going to get us to sustainability nor save us from this path of destruction we are on,” Lipkis told LA Yoga.

Lipkis’ accomplishments over the years are almost never-ending — he guided the creation of Los Angeles’ curbside recycling program, airlifted bare root fruit trees to Africa, organized a pivotal conference after the Southern California wildfires in 2003, and inspired the planting of 1 million trees in LA in time for the 1984 Summer Olympics, to name just a few of his résumé bullet points.

“Andy Lipkis is one of my heroes because there are very few people in the world who are ‘doing it,’” says fellow Hero of Sustainability Paul Hawken. “What is Andy doing? That’s the question. What is ‘it?’ Andy is tackling the ‘Big One.’ This Big One’s not simply a reframing or redesigning or re-imagination of industrial society. It is the process of creating a new and viable path to the future for humanity.”

Learn more about Lipkis and TreePeople here.

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