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.
To counter the "waste driven madness" of Black Friday, Irish vintage jewellery sellers Inné have marked the occasion with a huge drop of classic Claddagh rings at affordable prices, that will still last a lifetime. People were clearly into this idea as the Claddaghs have all sold out, however up next is a gorgeous drop of hoops so keep your eyes peeled if there's a vintage jewellery lover in your life. The first person to DM about a product after it goes live on the Insta gets it, and there's really no thrill like it.
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. Find out more and sign up for early access HERE.
Online charity shop Thriftify.ie, which works like an Amazon for second hand and vintage goods is celebrating "Green Friday" from the 26th to the 30th of November, with 50% off all products on their site. Many products are as good as new and unopened/still with tags, and its a great way to shop more sustainably this Christmas.
Instead of participating in a "Jeff Bezos styled Black Friday", Imbibe are upping their usual 1% donation of all web sales to Womens Aid to 10% until midnight on Friday the 26th. No better time to pick up a stocking filler for the coffee lover in your life.
Copperfish Lighting, a business who create lamps and light fixtures from forgotten timber are pledging to plant a tree for every purchase made on their website this Black Friday weekend. And this isn't like the Plant a Tree for Every Pet Pic saga - Each purchase will include a digital certificate from Crann Ireland's Easy Treesie programme.
Goat in the Boat
Instead of doing Black Friday, this cafe and interiors store are giving 10% of all sales today to the RLNI. The perfect time to pick up some gifts and contribute to a great charity!
If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of Black Friday, why not plant a native Irish tree with the social enterprise, Wolfgang Reforest? Give the gift of a tree and help Wolfgang’s mission to reforest Ireland and restore some of its biodiversity. Each purchase earns you (or your giftee) a certificate.
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