Best Clothing Staples for Ethical Father’s Day Shopping

Just to clarify, Father’s Day this year is June 21, 2020. We’re doing our part to help with that Father’s Day shopping, with our focus on sustainability and design.

What to get dad… What to get dad… Always a tough question. That’s why I usually turn to something safe. There are staples of dad-fashion that I’m sure will be pleasing to anyone. But if you’re going to check that box with a clothing staples, it should still be nice and thoughtful. That’s why we put together this list of quality clothing staples from ethical companies. In some way, they all engage in fair trade practices or meet environmental guidelines.

At the time of posting this, we have verified that everything listed can still arrive in time for Father’s Day based on our LA address.

1. Pact Essential Sweatshirt

There’s nothing like 100% organic cotton for a classic feel to a timeless design. I love a comfortable sweatshirt, and Pact’s fits the bill. Because they use organic cotton, they say they save 87.3 gallons of water on this piece. Their products are also Fair Trade Certified.

Essential Sweatshirt

Based on your favorite college sweatshirt, now in organic cotton. Garment dyed organic cotton gives a casual, vintage feel. Cozy loop-back terry is perfect for those cool Spring nights. The dye process creates natural variations in the depth of color throughout the garment lending to a relaxed, lived-in look. Prewashed fabric, shrink resistant

2. Topo Designs Route Shirt

Topo Designs makes clothing rooted in outdoors culture. Their designs are clean and classic, mixed with often more vibrant colorways. While they don’t use many sustainable materials, they focus on durability, warranty, and repairability. This shirt is a classic staple your pop will love. If you’re looking to add a second little treat, I’m obsessed with their Accessory Bags.

Route Shirt

This short-sleeve Route shirt is a staple of Topo Designs’ durable, yet comfortable clothing. The weave-style of 100% cotton keeps it cool enough for hiking. It has oversized buttons, with little hints of paracord.

3. Everlane Air Chino Shorts

Everlane’s whole deal is ethical, affordable staples. They’re a little more formal and hip than Pact. To prove affordability, they actually list all their materials cost for every product. Even without lots of clear certifications, they have a strong commitment to sustainability. They specifically describe how here.

These shorts are a great choice for the hot months to come. This is your chance to get him a first pair of shorts that doesn’t go past the knee! If Dad is more willing to show more leg, you can find the shorter 7″ inseam here.

Air Chino 9" Short

This simple and stylish set of shorts is lightweight and adds some elastane for a little generous stretch. The result as formal as it is comfortable. Also available in a shorter 7″ inseam.

4. 100% Human Face Masks

Let’s get one more option from Everlane. These are actually made right here in Los Angeles. In case your Dad has been tying a shirt around his face as a mask, it’s time to use your Father’s Day shopping for an upgrade. This set from Everlane will donate 10% of sales to the ACLU. And since it’s a 3-pack, there’s room to steal one for yourself, even if you have two dads. 

100% Human Face Mask

This mask 3-pack from Everlane’s 100% Human collection will donate 10% of sales to the ACLU. They’re non-medical, but have two layers of knit fabric that should at least help.

5. Pact Essential Zip Hoodie

For something a little warmer, this is a classic zipping hoodie from the same company. I’ve had one from American Apparel that’s wearing thin, so I’m going to trust Pact with an upgrade for myself.

Essential Zip Hoodie

Our all-season hoodie is the definition of off-duty style. Garment dyed organic cotton gives a casual, vintage feel. Featuring brushed metal zipper, natural drawcords, kangaroo pockets.

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