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This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we will not be seeing people fight over 50 inch TVs in jam-packed stores. With all of us locked down this winter, it seems like the way we can enjoy the biggest sales event of the year is through the world wide web. Online sales are set to rocket by 35%-45% during the Black Friday – Cyber Monday trading period, according to a report from online retail association IMRG.
Unfortunately, the increased consumerism does take an environmental toll on our planet. Creating more waste and releasing over 429,000 tonnes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, predicted by www.money.co.uk.
To limit your impact we have put together our top tips on how you can be more Eco-friendly this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Do not Impulse buy
We all know Black Friday and Cyber Monday can bring the best deals and bargains that are hard to resist. But ask yourself, do you need those items?
PwC for Green Alliance claims Britain generates more e-waste per person than any country in the world, except for Norway. To avoid the temptation of buying unnecessary items, create a shopping list beforehand. This practice will reduce waste and money spent.
Buy from brands that give back to the environment. A great example is Tentree, a Canadian apparel company that plants ten trees for every product sold. They have already planted 50 million trees, removing millions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. They have also helped to build up local communities on two continents through tree-planting.
Consolidate Your Online Order
Since all non-essential shops are closed till mid-December, bringing your sustainable tote bag to consolidate your high street shopping spree from multiple stores isn’t physically possible. Instead, consolidate all of your online orders to one store to reduce packaging. Also, some postal companies are more eco-friendly than others so consider your options before proceeding with your purchase.
Recycle Packaging Properly
Once all your items have arrived be sure to dispose of the packaging correctly. Flat Pack your cardboard boxes so you can fit more in your recycling bin. Unfortunately bubble wrap is not recyclable and can cause recycling contamination if thrown in the wrong bin, however you can save it and reuse it for Christmas to wrap your fragile presents for extra security.
The most effective way to be sustainable on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is not to participate at all. Instead, reuse what you already own. This will reduce the amount of waste that will need to be recycled, or be sent to landfills and incinerators, helping to sustain the environment for future generations.