November 21, 2022
Black Friday is upon us this week (25th November) and is a time filled with frantic shopping for the biggest discounts and often making impulsive and unnecessary purchases - just because they were reduced.
We've all been there!
To try and combat the overconsumption of Black Friday, a movement named Green Friday was recently introduced. This supports responsible and sustainable shopping as it focuses on recycling, buying from small and local shops as well as second hand products. The day brings awareness to our purchasing habits, what we use and what we throw away.
Instead of frivolous buying, compulsive taking and even careless spending, the Green Friday movement is all about giving, and investing in things that really matter and make life fulfilling, worthwhile and even beautiful.
How can Black Friday affect the environment? From the production of items, the packaging and the shipping, to the waste generated, carbon emissions will increase over this weekend. Cardboard boxes, bags, packaging, etc. Put simply, there’s more rubbish, because we’re also buying the packaging when we purchase an item, which in turn will increase ocean plastic and filling landfill sites.
Here at This Is Anyo we are not saying NO to spending, we want to encourage more mindful shopping - we are all shopping for gifts, replacing old items, and are treating ourselves at this time of year! One thing you can do this Black Friday weekend is to have the mindset of "buy less, buy better." Think about purchases rather than impulse buying... Will you wear the item +20 times? Is this something you need? Will you keep it in your wardrobe for a long time? This is not only better for the planet - but for your bank account too! You will spend less from conscious shopping than from impulse buying items you don't really want.