Green shopping on Black Friday: try these climate-friendly fragrances, high-end coffee makers and reusable gift wrap
A “green” Black Friday is not just about deals and profits. Eco-friendly shopping may only make a small dent in consumerism, but it’s an enduring trend that grows with each holiday season, especially as younger generations grow.
Smart retailers know a hook when they see one, and the “green” deals on offer this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and throughout the days and weeks ahead have expanded to more price ranges, and include sustainable alternatives to traditional gifts from perfume tools to sweaters. Additionally, gift lists may increasingly include requests for service or donations in addition to “stuff”.
Year-round shifts in climate-conscious shopping aren’t expected to go away during the holiday rush. A BCG study found that 38% of consumers switched from their favorite clothing brand this year to one that has better environmental and social practices. This data also revealed that lifestyle changes, such as opting for electric vehicles, requiring sustainable packaging or less, and prioritizing digitalization to save paper and plastic, will increase among consumers over the course of the year. coming year and beyond.
Remember, according to the Stanford University Recycling Center, Americans create 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and Christmas than at any other time of year, totaling 25 million tons of extra trash.
Here are some green gift ideas this year, including special offers and industry advice on environmental counterfeits:
Energy saving tools
Greenworks will take an extra 35% off its range of outdoor power tools, thanks to an agreement with 9to5toys.com. In addition to its signature electric mowers, the savings will extend to leaf blowers, snow blowers, pressure washers and more for households looking to ditch the RB00 gasoline,
and CL00 oil,
throughout their tool shed. The Greenworks 48V 20 inch Electric Lawn Mower is priced at $338down $520.
Solar for all those gadgets
Discounted at $179 for Black Friday deals, the Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station can power an iPhone, laptop, and lighting setup while camping or during a power outage. The lightweight Explorer 240 has a sturdy handle for easy carrying and offers a simple push-button start for easy operation, Electrek reviewers say. The Explorer 240 also features an integrated Maximum Power Point Tracking, or MPPT, controller for improved efficiency. You can add eco-friendly solar charging with the SolarSaga 60W solar panel (sold separately).
“You buy, we give”
A sensible donation can emphasize the social conscience of the companies you buy from. Keen Footwear, known largely for kitting out hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, has launched a “You buy, we give” initiative as part of their Green Friday shopping weekend. They will donate a portion of sales to ForestSeeders for every shoe sold.
Several retailers are making additional donations as part of the holiday shopping season. Check them.
Soft sweaters, lightly worn
Patagonia sells sweaters made from pre-consumer cashmere scraps collected from factories in Europe. Her recycled cashmere crewneck sweater is $199.
Not settled on a sweater? Try the retailer’s Worn Wear program, which allows shoppers to purchase gently used pieces, from clothing to gear.
Premium coffee, recycled pods
Nespresso, the alternative to homemade coffee pods, with a robust recycling program, is offering 25% off select machines on Black Friday. It also offers discounts on its limited-edition coffee.
Does this pod system, which can also brew regular and decaffeinated coffee, beat a traditional espresso machine? Reviewers like to say “Nespresso is worth it” because of its combination of ease and consistency.
Perfume and cologne: Beware of “natural”
“Natural” ingredients are often associated with respect for the environment, but beware the buyer. “Natural products are not necessarily sustainable and they are often more allergenic. A perfume should contain a combination of natural and synthetic ingredients,” a perfume expert told Elle Magazine in a preview of perfumes for the holidays. Keep in mind that synthetics are created in the lab and do not include materials of animal origin. This means they can provide cruelty-free alternatives and reduce overexploitation in our natural world.
A suggestion for a scented gift is Clean Reserve, found at Dossier, Sephora and elsewhere. The fragrance maker has partnerships that help support small farming communities that harvest their ingredients ethically. They use a 100% recycled box and wooden cap.
Meanwhile, upcycled fragrances are the latest trend disrupting the sustainable fragrance arena, according to Elle. Remember that the line between awful smells and wonderful smells in the world of perfume is a matter of chemistry. Tantrum, a fragrance from Boy Smells, is made by distilling essential oils from by-products of the furniture-making industry and turning them into this “fiery peppery green scent,” says Elle’s reviewer.
Or consider beauty retailer Lush and its packaging-free approach. Lush, for example, sells a long-lasting perfume in balm form.
The “greenest” of green gift cards?
Gift cards are increasingly popular and are a good way to ensure that the recipient actually uses the final product. Card giving is also said to be on the rise due to supply chain shortages. But are cards the greenest way to give a gift? Most physical gift cards are made from PVC, which can be recycled, but not usually through your home recycling service.
You can mail used gift cards to a specialist recycler or see if your local store has a gift card drop-off point (they sometimes collect them to send to recyclers in batches, as it’s a lot greener than sending a gift card in the mail), says the Kroger grocer, in a blog post.
Some brands are also starting to use more sustainable materials for gift cards, such as biodegradable paper or wood, which can go into curbside recycling or the backyard composter. You can also buy fully digital e-gift cards, which means there’s no waste.
Real reusable packaging
Take this tip from Japan. Try a pretty fabric or tea towel to wrap a gift, and the recipient can reuse it, either at home or for a future gift. Use any fabric you like or try Anthropologie’s Furoshiki Reusable Gift Wrapping Cloth.
Durable side-by-side browser extension
A new browser extension called Beagle aims to help shoppers directly compare “sustainable” recommendations and other alternatives alongside most searched products online.
Beagle uses “a mix of artificial intelligence and language recognition algorithms” to match users with a nearby product alternative.
To use it, install Beagle, press its extension button while browsing a retail site. The information may include an alternative product or compare the retailer’s green credentials.
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