The entire concept of Black Friday might be controversial to a lot of us, especially in the UK, as many argue that it is just another step in the Americanization of our country. We've all seen the footage of people being shoved and trampled in order for someone to get a telly at 70% off, which in and of itself is despicable and inhuman, but that's not even what I want to talk about..
As you'll know if you've been with my blog for any length of time, I like to support and promote sustainable shopping, which means buying from brands and companies who are independent, or ethically conscious.
It's really not that hard, much easier than you'd think actually, and there's still plenty of options. What's even better, you know you're getting something that has been made with love.
Laura Sherriffs, owner of the independent Scottish brand, Fernweh, posted something to her company Instagram today that I found very interesting (and true).
"While these huge retailers can afford to drop prices by 50% and STILL make huge profits - its says a lot of how much those items cost to produce and how little those who actually make the items get paid, someone always loses out on Black Friday and its not the huge retailers."
It's something that people don't often think about, and that's where our goods come from, who makes them, and how much do they get paid. Obviously big companies and retailers who can afford to slash prices must be adding a huge markup to the value of the goods in the first place.
I know myself that if I looked at all the money I've spent on frivolous purchases over the years, on stuff that's ended up in the bin, I know I could have saved up and bought something that actually lasts.
I'm not saying not to pick up the bargains while they're there, if there's something you need, or you want to get presents at a cheaper price. But unnecessary spending isn't good for anyone. So I implore everyone (myself included) to think twice about where you spend your money this holiday season.
That doesn't mean everyone has to only shop independently, but making the change as often as you can really does make a difference. Every pound you spend is a vote towards the kind of world you want to be living in. Help us all by choosing to live sustainable as much as possible.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.