Black Friday has become more extreme each year, since its establishment. The day has turned into a day that promotes extreme shopping with encouragement to over spend and it naturally takes a toll on the environment.
This year, we want to bring attention to this and promote a greener and more sustainable Black Friday, where the focus is to shop products which are environmental friendly and does good by supporting charity. But why do we still participate in Black Friday then? Because even customers who believe in a more sustainable approach, should have the option to purchase a few gifts and selected items you really need at a good price.
Moonchild's products are made environmentally conscious and produced in a manner that reduce water waste and energy. We use organic cotton and OEKO-TEX certified fabrics. As well, all our packaging is recycled. From the recycled paper our products are wrapped in to the recycled box that we ship the products in. And at Moonchild we believe in doing good by supporting the ones who need it the most, which is why we support Women for Women International.
Below we have gathered our top tips on how you can participate in a more green and sustainable Black Friday.
1. Shop online
The postal service is out everyday delivering packages to your community, which means that no matter what they will be out. By shopping online you save money on fuel and you are playing your part by not driving out to shop. Plus you don't need to spend the day waiting in lines.
When shopping online, shop with companies who ship their products with sustainable packaging and bundles your packages. Meaning that you receive your products in one package and not in numerous different packages. Additionally, check to see if the packaging that the products are sent in are made from recycled material.
Instead of jumping in the car early Friday morning, make a plan to carpool with some friends. You save money and do your part for the environment by carpooling and you also help spread the message by getting your friends in on the idea of a more sustainable Black Friday. Plus, it's always more fun to shop with friends!
3. Shopping alone or don't have a car?
No problem! Even better actually. Just use public transportation or bike! Public transportation is always running, so you can minimise your footprint by utilising that possibility. If you want to minimise your footprint even more then bike to the shops! This also helps encourage shopping small, because you simply won't be able to carry the whole mall on your bike home.
4. Live in a city?
You can just walk - it's a win win, you don't spend money on fuel or public transportation, you get exercise and you do your part for the environment.
5. Bring your own bags
A tremendous amount of plastic is used when it comes to holiday shopping, especially when shopping at different stores, so bring your own reusable bags!
6. Shop small
Don't overdue it. Think minimalistic. Don't just buy "everything" to return half of it. Make a list, buy what you need and stop there. There is no need to be wasteful and it makes your shopping more effective to give you a chance to enjoy the extra time you will have by being quick and sticking to the plan you set.
7. Shop sustainably
Buy gifts that are sustainably made both with regards to production and packaging. More companies are producing and packaging more sustainably than ever before, encourage and support that by purchasing those products this year. By giving a sustainable gift you are also spreading the word about the importance and awesomeness of sustainable living!
8. Recycle or donate
If you are shopping for yourself this Black Friday then consider recycling/donating. For each product you buy, donate at least one thing from your closet that you don't use anymore. Maybe even go crazy and donate 3 or 4 things for each piece you buy. Again think minimalistic.
By shopping Moonchild this Black Friday, you are not only purchasing sustainably made and packaged products - that you or a loved one will love - you are also supporting Women for Women International. Part of the sale goes to support this wonderful nonprofit organization and the important work that is done to provide help and education to marginalised women in countries affected by war and conflict. Make a difference for the environment and for the women who need it the most this Black Friday.
Check out a sneak peak of the Black Friday Sale starting 23 November by CLICKING HERE!