Black Friday is an old concept that can have a bad impact on our environment. There are alternatives to this day, you can choose to ignore it and join some of those alternatives, like Green November.
During Black Friday you will be overwhelmed by numerous discounts and sales, and if you decide to participate there is a way that you can do it sustainably!
This is a convenient guide on how to have a sustainable Black Friday, feel free to use our shopping list to help you organize your day.
1. Stay Sustainable
Black Friday should be like any other day, so there is no need to stop your sustainable routine, keep recycling, donating, and using Eco- friendly products, calculate your carbon footprint, and use public transport. Here you can find great tips on sustainable living: 10 Super Easy Sustainable Living Tips.
2. Set Up a Budget and Prepare Shopping List
Do you want to avoid stress? You can do this by staying organized. You can simply plan your budget ahead, decide on how much money you are willing to spend on this day, and make a shopping list. A good shopping list is designed to help you list your wanted items, their prices, and the brands or companies you are buying from.
3. Bring Your Reusable Shopping Bags
Plastic bags are rarely recycled, and they cause many environmental problems, mainly soil, and water pollution. Fortunately, we have a better option. Reusable bags are long-lasting, they are more efficient, and look better, and using them will reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
4. Buy Only What You Need
Black Friday sales can be tempting, and there is often a lot of pressure to buy something. Try your best to avoid purchasing items that you don’t really need. Sales are great but don't waste money on unwanted items.
5. Support Small and Local Businesses
Supporting small and local businesses will have a positive impact on the local economy. Apart from that, small businesses are often more transparent about the materials and sources of the product you buy and you will be able to choose a sustainable alternative.
6. Shop From Brands That are Donating
Try to give something back, you don’t have to do it directly, you can choose to buy products from companies that are offering donation programs. A good company donates 4% of the net price of each sale to causes that promote sustainability and tackle issues such as climate change. Read more about agood foundation.
7. Buy Essential Items
You can use Black Friday as a chance to stock up on essential items at a lower price and with purpose. Many companies will have great offers for essential items, here at a good company with each bamboo toilet paper subscription, we’ll provide a period kit to a woman who needs it through our collaboration with the organization Days for Girls (DfG).
8. Group up With Friends For Online Purchases
Consolidating multiple orders at the same will reduce package waste and shipping costs and pollution This way you can minimize the shipping industry's environmental impact.
9. Try Thriffting
Some thrift or second-hand shops will also offer great deals for Black Friday, and every other day and the circular economy encourages the reuse, repair, and remake of day-to-day items and goods. If you are not a fan of second-hand items you can contribute to the circular economy in other ways too. We believe strongly in this circular economy and that’s why we developed agood loop. It’s our way of enabling users to return unwanted products to us, for whatever reason and whenever they want. When you’re done with your product, simply return it to us and, if you’d like, swap it for something else.
10. After Black Friday, Join “Giving Tuesday”
Giving Tuesday motivates people to give something back. Their program is all about donations, generosity, positive impact, and showing gratitude. “GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.”
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