Thanks to my friend Paul Banas at Great Dad (www.greatdad.com) for passing this along!
Here are some unconventional ideas for Father's Day from www.sustainstores.com. The company is a fantastic new resource and the family behind it is committed to providing customers with a wide selection of eco-friendly products, and showing them that living a more sustainable life is attainable.
To encourage your readers to try out the site, we offer a discount code "sustain" that when entered in the keycode part of the checkout form will provide a 20% discount off everything (the discount will be confirmed in an email after the order is processed.) This code expires June 21, Father's Day.
Here are a few items you will find on the site:
Solar Headlamp • $49.95
The world's first Solar Powered LED Headlamp with a powerful and lightweight lithium cell phone battery. The 5pcs bright white LEDs in this solar-rechargeable Headlamp run all night long with only 6 hours of full sun charging. The LED sequencing switch provides different operating modes – bright, photocell (for automatic dusk-to-dawn operation), dim and blinking. There is also a charge indicator for the battery and the LEDs switch off periodically as the battery runs low, so you're never left in total darkness without warning. Cutting edge solar-powered LED Headlamps are perfect for outdoor use (especially camping) off-grid living, or emergencies. Awarded Editors’ Choice 2008 by Backpacker Magazine.
Freeplay Kito Flashlight • $25.00
Simple, rugged, reliable light – anytime, anywhere. The Freeplay Kito flashlight combines the independence of trusted wind-up Freeplay technology with the reliability of LED illumination. The Freeplay Aid and Development Group exists to help Freeplay achieve its social mission: to bridge the energy gap in the developing world.
Freeplay ML-1 Mini Lantern • $55.00
The Freeplay Energy ML-1 Mini Lantern is a compact, dependable lantern ideal for most portable illumination requirements. It has no bulbs to burn out, nor disposable batteries to replace, and you can power it yourself when needed. Easy to tuck into your pack, easy to use. The Freeplay Aid and Development Group exists to help Freeplay achieve its social mission: to bridge the energy gap in the developing world.
Freeplay Solar Radio Eyemax Weather Band • $80.00
The Eyemax WB radio receives AM, FM, and the US/Canada Weather Band, and acts as a speaker system for your iPod/MP3 player. It has both a solar panel and the ability to power it yourself when needed. It also includes an integrated LED flashlight. The Eyemax WB 2009 is a radio that you and your family can depend on, anytime, anywhere, any weather.
Envirocycle Composter • $140
A truly easy, convenient way to compost. Just place your organic waste in the drum, spin every so often, and soon you have amazingly rich and garden-growing compost. A perfect choice for those not interested in an open compost pile--more discreet and no smell. The Envirocycle produces two excellent compost fertilizers, both solid and liquid. Comes with complete instructions. This item ships directly from the manufacturer via Standard Ground Shipping only. There is an additional shipping and handling charge of $30.00.
Guasanito 4-Tray Worm Composter • $68.95
Just let the worms do their work in their Worm Farm inside or outside and at the bottom you'll get worm tea, perfect for enriching the soil of your garden and create super-growing plants. Use Red Wiggler Worms, which are not included. First fill your Worm Farm with bedding: leaves, shredded paper and dirt, for example. After the worms have moved in, start feeding them you all your organic kitchen waste like coffee grounds, leafy green trimmings and eggshells. Soon you'll have worm castings (otherwise known as "black gold" for gardens) in the bottom of the bin. Collect, and watch your plants act like they're on steroids, completely naturally. Lid keeps worms covered, maintaining the dry bedding they thrive in, yet roof is ventilated for worm comfort. High Strength. 4 Trays. Made from recycled material. This item ships directly from the manufacturer via Standard Ground Shipping only.
USB + AA Solar Charger • $99.00
Ultra compact, ultra lightweight and yet very durable, the PowerFlim® USB + AA Solar Charger is ideal for everyday use. The USB + AA Solar Charger charges most small USB devices. Proprietary charging circuitry maximizes charge into the batteries. It provides full charge in four hours of full sun, and with a charging light on the side of the enclosure, indicates charging status. Six grommets are built into the charger to allow for secure fastening to a pack or to the ground. Direct integration of the PowerFilm flexible solar panels onto the fabric allows for easy storage into a pocket. 0.4 Amps, 3.6 Volts. Weight 4.9 ounces w/o batteries.
Sustain is dedicated to providing the resources necessary for families and individuals to live more sustainably in today’s world. Through sales, education and community outreach they aim to connect consumers with products that enhance quality of life while reducing adverse effects on the environment and its limited resources.
By offering organic and fair trade cotton, soy and bamboo clothing, sustainably produced household goods, natural personal care products, biodegradable cleaning products and a variety of locally sourced products, they’re providing the resources necessary to make sustainable living easy.