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Q & A: Father's Day

By Diane MacEachern |
If dad's a big golfer and into gadgets, here are some great guilt-free gifts to consider.
Originally Published: 06/15/09

Question: My dad is a big golfer and into gadgets. Any gift suggestions for Father’s Day? What should I consider?

Given the 100 million golf balls that are lost in rivers, lakes, streams and forests every year, you'd be doing him — and Mother Nature — a favor by treating him to returnable golf balls. A few companies make products now that would be good choices.

Dixon has developed a ball made with a biodegradable polymer (rather than conventional compounds like titanium and urethane) that will decompose in water and leave no residue behind. Better yet, each Dixon package includes a return mail pouch so you or your Dad can easily recycle old balls for new ones. Eco Golf Balls is another choice that degrades quickly in water (plus, you can still return Eco Golf Balls to Dixon, though you'll have to supply your own mailing envelope). Wilson Eco-core golf balls are molded around recycled rubber tires, though they don't biodegrade. You can personalize any of these balls with your Dad’s name or a “Love, Me” message. Bonus: All brands come in recyclable packaging made from recycled materials. For a complete golf package, check out these links to biodegradable golf bags and clothing made from recycled and organic fibers.

For the gadget geek in your dad, how about a hand-cranked radio? One option is Freeplay’s Summit Handcranked Radio. It's compact enough to stash in his golf cart while he's making the rounds, and can be solar powered if he'd rather focus on his swing than on his tunes.

What are your go-to green gifts for Dad? Share 'em below!

Diane MacEachern is the author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, and a popular blog, Big Green Purse.

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  • Elaine F. 8 years ago
    Nice info.
  • 9 years ago
    I can remember a long time ago when I was a teenager going out with my cousins, who were very poor and lived in poverty, to the local golf courses and scaling the perimeter fence so we could hunt for golf balls in the water traps. It was illegal since we were technically trespassing, but it was one of the ways that my older cousins with children put food on the table and for the rest of us to have some spending money for clothes. We would come home with a huge potato sack full of golf balls that we would then sort out by grade and then sell. We didn't get rich, but it did help during the lean times.

    I am not convinced that the world needs recyclable golf balls. What harm do the golf balls do the general environment and more specifically to the water traps on a golf course? I must be missing something.
  • 9 years ago
    Let's see - - - golfing and "green" ,how could these two possibly go together. Seems there is not even a small chance of that. However considering the author's power of the pocketbook attitude and actions performed by consumers and how their purchasing power could influence industry. I would have to say that the foundation for a great fathers day gift might be, a good read, so as to educate him, so that he might someday say to the groundskeepers of the golf course - " what is it that you guys are doing to reduce your carbon footprint " or " What kind of chemicals are you using on these putting surfaces " and when will you start using ones that are completly free of .... BLA Bla blah .Education to all is seemingly the best start for any part of of our rescue plan for the earth. Golf and the golf industry is far,far, from it. An organic cotton golf shirt,with the book would probably help.
  • 9 years ago
    amazing..!!!! golf balls that will decompose....