According to 2020 research by money.co.uk, home deliveries for Black Friday last year generated 429,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of 435 return flights from London to New York.
For the ethically and environmentally-conscious, avoiding Black Friday altogether might feel like the only option – but there is a compromise.
There are plenty of retailers out there selling products which avoid exploitation of workers and the environment, meaning you can splurge on Black Friday guilt-free.
To help you have a green, ethical Black Friday, we’ve outlined gift ideas spanning clothing, jewellery, sweet treats and more to help you to spend with a clean conscience.
At the Big Issue, we work to dismantle poverty by giving those in need a hand up, not a hand out. By buying an exclusively-designed Big Issue t-shirt, your purchase will support the creation of a range of work-based opportunities for disadvantaged people.
This “Plastics in our Oceans” t-shirt is designed by street artist Mau Mau and is printed on “Earth positive” material manufactured entirely by sustainable energy.
This stylish, minimalistic t-shirt can be worn in several different ways, tied up, tucked in or loose, with the intent that it will minimise the amount of clothes you need in your wardrobe.
It comes from Rapanui, a company dedicated to sustainable clothing. Their products are made from natural materials using renewable energy, with new products made from materials recovered from old garments.
This gorgeous gold necklace is made of brass hoops connected by a copper rivet and a gold-plated chain.
The item is made by a person experiencing homelessness as part of Pivot, a social enterprise working to eradicate homelessness. Your necklace will come in a hand-finished box with the name of the maker inside.
When most people think about the Big Issue, they think of vendors selling the Big Issue magazines on the streets – and we are immensely proud of this. In 2022 alone, we worked with 10% more vendors and these vendors earned £3.76 million in collective income. There is much more to the work we do at the Big Issue Group, our mission is to create innovative solutions through enterprise to unlock opportunity for the 14million people in the UK living in poverty.