Anyone else getting emails left, right and centre about the latest Black Friday offers? Yep, me too. I think it is a great way of saving a bit of money on Christmas gifts which I’m sure is something no one would turn their nose up at but there are a few ways we can be more sustainable when it comes to purchases this year. I love shopping in the sales and often get tempted on things I would have never bought initially but I’ve put together some ideas on how we can shop more sustainably and maybe saving some cash in the process.
Will it get used?
If you’re buying a gift for someone else or a little something to treat yourself after a difficult year think if the item will actually get the use it deserves. Not only will the cost per use go down it won’t go to the bin anytime soon and the user/you will really appreciate it. That goes for anything from homewares (will it be loved?), clothes (will they be worn?) and skincare (will they be used up?). If the answer is yes, then great! That is a conscious gift giving decision.
Companies really need to stop putting their gift sets together in plastic packaging. I am mainly thinking of those beauty gift sets that come in plastic moulded packaging. This could easily be swapped for a little reusable gift bag or using recyclable cardboard instead. It would be great to have unwrapped everything on Christmas Day and actually have no wrapping or packaging that couldn’t be recycled. Big companies really need to be looking at this but for now I guess it’s down to us to make the decisions.
Support Small Business
This year more than ever there has been a focus on shopping and supporting small businesses. When we initially went into lockdown we were shopping small to keep the businesses local to us and now we’re shopping small to make them do a little happy dance this Christmas. Shopping small also often means making eco friendly choices as they in turn only buy and use what they need, use more sustainable options in their packaging and don’t have large processes that use up many resources.
Great or Waste
How often are we tempted by an item just because it’s on sale? Making a conscious purchase also means thinking about whether we would have actually bought the item if it wasn’t on sale to figure out if we do actually want it. Do you normally buy from the brand? Did you need/want the item before Black Friday? If not then consider whether it is a great saving or a waste of money. If you need a little reminder save the post I made here.
Let me know if any of this helps with shopping more sustainably this Black Friday and if you want more inspiration check out my Creating Sustainable Shopping Habits post.