Black Friday is just behind the corner and major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Costco are rolling out insane deals on anything from kitchenware to appliances and electronics.
Yet all this shopping fever is causing mixed feelings for many sustainably-minded shoppers.
You may boycott the event altogether, expressing your discontent with overproduction and senseless spending.
OR, you may see deep discounts as an opportunity to buy into sustainable Black Friday Deals and get earth-friendly products that are otherwise out of your reach.
This way, you’re supporting ethical companies, helping them offer more sustainable products in the future.
Those shopping rampage scenes that go viral every Black Friday have little to do with a sustainable way of life.
The allure of “lowest ever” discounts sends many shoppers into a buying frenzy, so they often purchase many things they don’t need.
Now, let’s make this one clear. Under no circumstance do we support this kind of mindless shopping.
A GreenCitizen version of Black Friday is that we should take advantage of low prices and look for eco-friendly products that could help us live a sustainable life.
Now, making a product sustainable often means taking a few extra steps in the whole sourcing, manufacturing, or logistics process. This is why earth-safe or ethical products often cost more than run-of-the-mill products in the same category.
Unfortunately, this is also the reason why many people can’t afford sustainable products, even if they wanted to.
This is when Black Friday kicks in.
In two weeks’ time, you have the opportunity to really make the difference by targeting those Black Friday Deals that come from ethical companies and brands. We also endorse deals that include products that let us use less electricity, leave less waste, or are made from recyclable or earth-safe materials.
However, even if you’re shopping sustainably, it’s important to consider whether you need any of the items in your basket.
Buying nothing is always cheaper, less wasteful, and more ethical.
On the other hand, there are discounted items that help us live sustainably. One way or another, we should weigh every shopping decision carefully.
After all, the holiday season doesn’t end with Black Friday — there'll be plenty of discounts in the days before us.
This year (2021), Black Friday is on November 26, but we all know that many Black Friday online deals become available even sooner than the actual event.
For many high-demand items, you may see price drops at top retailers starting the Monday before Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday on November 29.
This year, many retailers have started sales extra early due to supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 epidemics.
Still, if you blow your chance to get sustainable Black Friday deals, don’t panic — there are more sale days in coming up:
Disclaimer: The prices and the discount percentages may change based on the Sellers' decision. GreenCitizen does NOT guarantee any assurance of discounts or price changes.
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The plants grow in water, so there’s no hassle and mess of growing indoors with soil.
With AeroGarden Harvest Elite, you can grow tasty non-GMO herbs and vegetables all year round.
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You can also control the home temperature on your Android or iPhone.
Now, that's a neat little feature!
The latest Nest feature can even turn on your HVAC when the system detects an increased share of renewables in the power grid.
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Now you can have luxury bedding that is both super-comfy and eco-friendly.
Instead of cotton, this 6pc set is made of a bamboo-derived fiber blend and it’s no secret that bamboo is one of the most sustainable plants available to us today.
Bamboo viscose is great at moisture-wicking so these are among the best sheets for “hot sleepers”.
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This induction plate can take pan sizes from 4” to 10” and lets you boil water 40% faster than on a regular smooth top stove.
Now listen to this — induction cooktops are 3 times more energy-effective than gas stoves!
You’re cutting both the cooking time and carbon emissions!
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There are no plastic and silicone handles that can crack or fall off — just simple, mirror-polished steel.
Buy once and don’t look back.
Just like Cuisinart’s ceramic set, these pans are free of potentially toxic non-stick substances that can flake with use.
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This tumbling composter allows you to turn your green waste and food remains into a prime fertilizer for your plants, while reducing your communal waste.
Who says composting is a messy business? This composter’s dual-chamber and tumbling design make things so much easier.
Just dump your waste inside and give it a spin every 2-3 days.
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All the electricity these fairy lights use is free and 100% renewable. They are also IP waterproof so you can use them to decorate your trees or deck.Charge them in sunlight during the day and you have 8 hours of environmentally-friendly holiday atmosphere.
As Christmas is just a month away, you should definitely take this killer deal!
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Thanks to the enamel exterior, you can use it both on the stovetop and in the oven.
Skip the cheap “miracle cookers” and invest in one earth-friendly roasting dish that will last a lifetime.
Plus, that sweet 40% deal is quite intriguing!
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This is not just a great American-made iron skillet. This is an heirloom that hasn’t changed its design for centuries?
Because even in the age of fancy cooking appliances, nothing beats the simplicity of an earth-friendly, pre-seasoned iron skillet.
These skillets are non-toxic, virtually indestructible, and you need only one. Also, if you take proper care, a cast iron skillet will serve you for a lifetime.
Sustainability at its best!
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Americans use millions of rolls of toilet paper every day. This clever bidet attachment gives you a chance to ditch toilet paper and score one for the planet.
The best part is that Tushy is carbon-neutral company. So, helping the environment in more than one way.
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Oh, did I tell you about the water temperature and pressure control feature? It's amazing!
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Now you can become an expert on holiday roast while leaving your main oven free for cakes and other meals.
The self-basting lid allows you to kick back and let the Oster Roaster do all its tricks. No more tedious checking on your turkey and time-consuming hand-basting.
Apart from saving time, this feature also saves energy, as you don’t need to open the lid every now and then.
Having an energy-saving roaster oven is a great addition to the kitchen.
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I must say, this all-in-one pressure cooker and air fryer is the jack of all trades.
You can everything — steam, pressure cook, slow cook, air crisp, dehydrate, bake/roast, broil, and what not!?
This cooker's easy-to-use control display lets you choose the program and time, so no heat and energy are wasted as with a regular cooktop.
Unless you change the ingredients, you’ll have a gourmet-quality dish every time.
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Tampons and cotton pads are convenient but like all disposable items pile up in the landfill.
There’s no way to recycle them, especially once they’ve been used.
The Lena Menstrual Cup is a planet-safe alternative that you can use many times.
This cup offers 12 h protection with no leaks, odors, nor sensations, allowing you to stay active and comfortable.
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Regular cutlery is always better than disposable, but where to get 25 extra forks on short notice.
Plastic cutlery is not only highly unsustainable but also poses a direct threat to ocean life.
So check out these utensils made from 100% bamboo.
They’re much more durable than plastic, so you can use them many times. And if one breaks, you can always compost it!
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Sustainable products can mean a lot of different things. Now, we’ll explain different aspects of sustainability so you can make smarter Black Friday choices.
For many of us who are trying to adopt a minimalist lifestyle by owning less and producing less waste, the single biggest waste category is single-use plastic.
The truth is that only some types of plastics can be recycled. Unfortunately, most plastic waste ends up in landfills or even worse, our oceans where it poses a direct threat to marine life.
There are two ways to beat plastic waste — (1) to only buy reusable items and (2) to replace single-use items with those made of biodegradable materials like paper, bamboo, rice, and cork.
In the last 100 years, science has come up with a whole list of “wonder materials” that are supposed to make our lives easier.
However, it took some time for us to realize that not all those materials are safe for us and the environment.
When buying cookware, make sure it doesn't contain Teflon (PTFE) or its cousin PFOA. Used for decades for non-stick pans, both compounds were discovered to be highly toxic and carcinogenic.
Instead, look for Black Friday kitchen deals that are built to last. Ceramic, steel, or pre-seasoned cast iron cookware doesn’t stick and will last a lifetime.
Choose wooden or bamboo cutting boards and look for Tupperware that is BPA-free. The same goes for utensils. If you’re not sure that your egg-scrambling spatula is free of toxic flame retardants, use a wooden one instead.
An eco-conscious mission statement is the core of a company’s sustainability efforts. It stands to remind the organization and its stakeholders why protecting the natural world is important for business.
These ethical companies may:
Sustainability comes in many forms, and you can support these companies by putting trust in their products.
The biggest obstacle that stands between a sustainably-minded individual and a sustainable lifestyle is the pile of waste that we create.
The solution lies in buying and owning durable, bought-for-lifetime, items and shopping for supplies that come with sustainable packaging.
Instead of buying bottled body and hair products look for those made in the shape of bars.
Use paper or Beeswax wraps for packaging holiday food instead of cling film.
Remember: If I can use it for many years, or compost it at home, it’s sustainable.
The good news is that more and more companies are looking to include recycled materials in their products.
You can find apparel lines made from plastic bottles, or recycled fibers. Retailers like H&M even offer you a discount for every bag of old clothes you bring — rest assured they’re going to recycle it into next season’s fashion statements.
Some companies have raised their recycling game on the next level — recycling hazardous fishing nets into skateboards, sunglasses, and clothes.
Some of us will queue in front of the stores on Black Friday, waiting for doors to burst open while others will compare the best online deals awaiting Cyber Monday.
Take my advice and use the sales to stock on earth-friendly supplies or pull the trigger on that discounted product that will make your life more sustainable.
Keep in mind that earth-friendly living doesn’t end in our shopping basket. Let’s all use the holiday season to make more sustainable decisions, from Christmas decorations to the food we put on our table.
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