#greenoutblackfriday - turn Black Friday green - by simply not taking part
Consumers are expected to spend a total of 9.42 billion British pounds over the course of the Black Friday weekend in 2021. That is a staggering amount of money and bad news for the environment.
The world is already full of wardrobes stuffed to the brim, unused items and huge piles of trash. We have produced enough and the Earth can't cope with our level of consumption. Every year black Friday adds to the huge pile of unneeded stuff. Up to 80% of black Friday purchases are simply thrown away, often without ever being used. Buying stuff that we do not need, which is on 'sale' is not saving money but rather the opposite and of course there is a human cost too. Someone, somewhere in the supply chain is paying for the 'discount' we are getting.
According to the 'Dirty Delivery Report' calculations estimated that in 2020, online shopping on Black Friday in the UK only was predicted to release around 429,000 tonnes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. This was the estimate of emissions for home delivery of these purchases only and was not taking into consideration the production, shipping, use and disposal of these items!
It's time for us to take responsibility.
We can all help by being a more conscious consumer and giving our choices a bit more thought. We can buy less, rent, buy second hand, reuse and repair and if we buy we can take a look at what conscious, sustainable and responsible brands have to offer, not only when it comes to fashion and accessories. This will all help to make a difference in how raw materials are used and the amount of trash that goes to landfill.
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