Black Friday is marketed every year as one of the biggest shopping days of the calendar.
However, it can encourage excessive buying that results in waste and, with prices slashed so low, can be impossible for small businesses to compete with.
If you're looking to be more mindful in terms of how you shop this Christmas, there are a number of Irish businesses offering more sustainable or small business friendly alternatives to Black Friday. Whether you want to buy something that will stand the test of time, pick up a preloved gift or support a charity while shopping, there should be something on this list for you.
After years of working in the fast fashion industry, designer Chupi realised her love for pieces that last forever, and can be handed down through generations. As part of Chupi's Black Friday weekend you'll be able to purchase the special piece you've had your eye on for yourself or a loved one, and also receive a special gift. More info on Chupi's Black Friday event is HERE.
Black Friday, or Scaldy Friday as its known at Whiplash HQ means free shipping on any order with the code SCALDYCANS, free Rollover beer artwork fridge magnet with orders over €75 (while stocks last, not valid on gift card sales) and specially priced 12 and 24 packs of mixed beers including IPAs and Pale Ales.
"Just like last year... And the year before and the year before that" Imbibe will not be participating in Black Friday. Instead, they're upping their usual 1% donation of all web sales to Womens Aid to 10% from midnight Thursday until midnight Sunday 27th. No better time to pick up a stocking filler for the coffee lover in your life.
Similarly to Imbibe, sustainable and ethical childrenswear brand Síológ will up their usual donation of 1% per purchase to Laura Lynn Hospice to 10% for the Black Friday period (from midnight Thursday until midnight Sunday 27th).
Homeware and textiles store Foxford Home have deemed Black Friday as "just another Friday" in a bid to promote thoughtful consumption. Friday will be like any other day on their website and in-store - would you consider bowing out of the buying frenzy and instead investing in some beautifully crafted, made-to-last homewares from an Irish owned business?
BiaSol don't align with Black Friday but they do align with all things green, and are offering 20% off their online shop for those looking to shop sustainably in the lead up to Christmas.
For 'Print Friday' Howrad Studios have reduced the price of all their unique, colourful prints, any of which would make perfect presents. And, you can relax safe in the knowledge that you're supporting a small Irish business while also saving a few beans. Shop their prints HERE.
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