How to make Black Friday a little Greener

Where did Black Friday come from?

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Thanksgiving is held on the last Thursday of November and in the 1950s people would call in sick the next day to relax and get an early start on holiday shopping. Shops promoted sales to accommodate this trend, which is why the last Friday of November became known as the busiest shopping day of the year!

Eco Impacts

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Sales have led to impulse buying, resulting in unnecessary CO2 emissions. According to Black Friday 2020, home deliveries resulted in 429,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent of 435 return flights from London to New York!

80% of Black Friday purchases are thrown away after 0-1 uses!

What is Green Friday?

Green Friday is held on the same day as Black Friday with the intention of acting as a counter movement to encourage mindful shopping. The first Green Friday was held in 2015! However, the idea was created as early as 1992 under ‘Buy Nothing Day’.

Eco gift ideas for Green Friday?

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  1. Attend a Swopz Shop Event or visit our online community to find new-to-you gems!
  2. Buy local and attend a Christmas marketplace
  3. Plant a tree
  4. Buy Experiences
  5. Zero Waste Starter Kit (check our instagram feed for our Bristol Brand shout-outs)
  6. Indoor plants
  7. Make something yourself
  8. Make a donation in their name

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