Let’s turn BLACK FRIDAY into GREEN FRIDAY!
Stressing out about the upcoming Black Friday craze?
Black Friday is a commercial day that is known to trigger people into an over-consumption of things they don’t really need. We don’t want to be a part of that. Instead, we’d like to share our 25 environmentally friendly tips on how you can turn your BLACK FRIDAY a little bit greener. #greenfriday
25 environmentally friendly tips for a greener Black Friday
- Replace your regular menstrual protection with reusable options. For example, fabric cloth pads, reusable cloth tampons or menstrual cups.
- Reduce the use of plastic bottles by replacing bottled shampoo with solid shampoo bars.
- Swap your conditioner with apple cider vinegar. Instead of using regular conditioner simply rinse hair with apple cider vinegar. It will leave your hair super soft and silky smooth.
- Replace your regular toothbrush with a bio-degradable one from Humble Brush.
- Replace the cling wrap with beeswax wraps. Or why not take it a step further and make your own wraps?
- Replace household rolls and disposable wipes with washable cloth wipes made of organic cotton. Or if you’re feeling nifty, why not try making your own?
- Zero waste your makeup routine by swapping your one- time cleansing pads with reusable organic cotton ones. You can also make your own cleansing pads from an old t-shirt.
- Eat more plant-based! By eating less meat and dairy, you’ll be doing your body, your planet, and future generation a favour. Brian Kateman coined the term “Reducetarian” – a person who is deliberately reducing his or her consumption of meat. Join the movement.
- Choose organic produce and food whenever it’s possible. For your health, the animals well being and for the planet.
- Eat seasonally and support your local farmer’s market. It has a very low climate impact.
- Put up a No Junk Mail sign on your letterbox to reduce the amount of advertising you get.
- Plan your car trips to avoid any “unnecessary” driving. Municipal, bicycle and public transportation are trending in 2019!
- Bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store. A large shopping bag and small reusable produce bags for your fruits and veggies will help reduce the use of plastic bags and make the oceans happier.
- Got a hole in your pants or do your shoes need repairing? Mend your clothes and leave the items you can’t fix yourself to someone who can. Or drop them off to a local shelter. Your local cobbler is your new best friend!
- Recycle, reuse and compost everything! Waste is not waste until it’s wasted.
- Buy a washable swim diaper instead of disposable ones. Also, reusables are so much prettier than disposable swim diapers!
- Bring your friends together for a clothes swap event. Someone else’s old party top might make you look like a rock star on the dancefloor
- Replace the disposable diapers with cloth diapers or bio-degradable diapers from Swedish brand Naty.
- Don’t send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
- Choose your purchases wisely with a long-term plan and a conscious mind. Before buying a brand-new garment, ask yourself: do I really need it? Perhaps you can find a similar product on eBay or in a thrift shop? Second hand is a gold mine! Or why not sell your old clothes and shoes on eBay or on Facebook. Your trash could be someone else’s treasure!
- Washing your clothes in a lower temperature will still make your laundry clean while saving energy and being better for the environment. Use eco-labelled detergents and follow the dosage on the detergent package. Air drying the laundry is the absolute best from an environmental point of view, the dryer is a good second option.
- Fabric softener is not the best option for the environment, your health or your clothes. Use a little vinegar instead. Works just as well and your clothes will last longer.
- Wash your clothes less frequently. Many of us will use a garment once and then throw it in the wash. Let your clothes air dry between uses and you can easily use the same garment more than once before washing. Small stains can often be removed with a laundry bar. Washing too often is not only bad for the environment but will also shorten the lifespan of your clothes dramatically.
- Replace your regular nursing pads with washable and reusable nursing inserts. Environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
- Stay on the ground! Find other ways to travel than by plane. For example, train, long-distance bus, collectively or with sustainable driving.