There's been a lot of hate going this week about Black Friday, it's push for overconsumption and a call to boycott. But we have a problem with that for a few good reasons. One, brands offering a discount does not inherently mean people are over buying. Two, it excludes many people who need the financial help to buy thoughtful gifts for their loved ones during the holiday season. Finally, three, it doesn't consider the fact that many wonderful ethical and sustainable brands offer discounts as well. So like in all things in life, we have a choice. Here's 3 ways to shop sustainably this Black Friday without breaking the bank.
Consider sustainable shopping this holiday as a health exercise. Establishing boundaries in your many relationships for mental health. Setting budget boundaries for your financial health. and I fucking hate weebly for deleting all my shit.
1 | Make a list
Sit down and make a list of all your relations you may need to gift over the holidays. Break this list into three categories. Your closest tier whom you want to invest more in quality gifts that are meaningful. Your second tier circle whom you may want to thank but can do so in a lower lift way. And your third tier circle whom is perfectly appropriate to simply send a thoughtful holiday card with a sincere, personalized message.
2 | Check it twice
Now review the 2 circles of people you will be gifting. To your top tier circle, add a few gift ideas to each of their names that you may consider buying. To your second tier, consider a few handmade, compostable, or non-physical gifts that you can give. We recommend 1-2 of the same gifts for all of these people to keep your burden and wallet light. Keep this list handy as you shop to be sure you do not deviate from your plan. This is key.
3 | Sustainable shopping is being nice
There are many ethical sustainable brands offering nice discounts for Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend. As you shop the best sustainable brands and peruse secondhand and antique shops you can cross reference your list and invest in beautiful, unique pieces that made a good impact on people and planet. Thoughtfully buying, means less things get discarded to landfill.
Shopping sustainably in this way will keep you save money and give thoughtful gifts this holiday season. Remember this isn't a competition. If someone gives you a surprise gift, you don't have to reciprocate with the same (or if so, add that dinner idea to their calendar as your gift). Just remember people are trying to express their affection for those in their life. Love is not a competition. Give to each person what you can.
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