In relation to our article last week about upcycling, here are some fantastic gift ideas for your special dad on Fathers Day! Upcyling is becoming increasingly popular, and has immense benefits for our beautiful planet. These products solve wasteful problems by providing something both functional and beautiful to the user.
1. Life Vest Yoga Bag
Inflatable life vests tend to lose their buoyancy after 1-3 years and therefore must be replaced. Think about all the airplanes in the air. That’s a lot of replaced life vests. So, here’s an awesome product for that yoga-loving dad that is stylish, functional, and durable. This Yoga bag is adorned with some neat design features such as the red safety pulls for the zipper. This awesome bag can be found on www.hipcycle.com and goes for $54.00.
2. Maple XO Bottle Opener
See ya later skater. Skateboards suffer immense wear and tear, and constantly need different parts replaced on a yearly and monthly basis. The problem is that many parts of the skateboard are made from raw materials that are just thrown out. Pre-Sustainability did a metrics test on the wastefulness of skateboards and found that the trucks contribute to the most waste. MapleXO has found a way to creatively use the aluminum from the trucks to create this beautiful bottle opener. This is the perfect gift for that dad who loves to come home after a long day, crack open a beer, and watch the game. Going for $30.00 on www.maplexo.com.
3. Pallet Wood Wall Wine Rack
Many people don’t think much about shipping pallets, but the common belief is that they are simply reused and that’s the end of. However, it is estimated that around 2 billion pallets are circulating through US alone, with a majority being replaced each year. This means close to 2 billion pallets of wood are thrown out as waste. So here’s an awesome product for that dad who loves wine and wants the world to know it. This wooden wall wine rack allows you to display your wine collection, while reducing the immense waste of pallets. This wine rack goes for $85.00 and can be found on www.hipcycle.com
4. V8 Engine Coffee Table
Vroom vroom! This table is the epitome of the word Dad. Car engines are present in all cars, except the Tesla of course. But, the real problem is that few people rebuild old engines and typically take their old cars to the junkyard where the engine blocks remain as waste. Approximately 12-15 million cars reach the end of their life each year and therefore must be recycled or turned into waste. Whether your father is a rugged, rough and tough type of guy or just needs a table for the man cave, this table is what he is looking for. Made from a salvaged Rover V8 engine block and coated with chrome finish, this table is both durable and beautiful. It’s Going for $70 and can be found on www.reestore.com.
5. Killwood Bika
Currently, there are 18 million hectares of standing pine beetle affected trees that release 30 billion pounds of CO2 each year. So, there are three options: let the trees stand and release greenhouse gases, cut them down, OR use them to create beautiful and functional products. The Bika is crafted from pine beetle kill wood. It’s the perfect companion for your father’s bicycle. Whether he is an avid cyclist or a weekend biker, this bike rack saves space, organizes gear and displays your bicycle. If you’re one of those late shoppers, or IOU writers, then the Bika is the perfect upcycled product for your dad on fathers day because it will be launching on Kickstarter June 29th. The first 25 Bikas will have special edition numbers engraved, to show that your dad was one of the very first supporters of the pine beetle movement. The special edition Bika will start at $399.99 for early bird supporters, so stay tuned! Follow our story and check out www.killwood.ca for more information!