Black Friday

Black Friday, which originally started in the 60s in the US, has since been an increasingly popular time of year for retail industries and consumers. The amount of participants have grown so vast that it is now an international event where retailers will offer discounts on a range of products both in store and online.

Although this event brings about affordable items both essential and luxury alike, it does bring about more than a few environmental concerns. The mass consumerism results in up to 80% of items being discarded from homes and winding up incinerated or landfill and low quality recycling sites which contributes to the increase of harmful gases.

Unfortunately we are at the point where, according to the United Nations, the effects of climate change will become irreversible in roughly 9 years’ time. Changes such as increased drought, frequent storms and hotter temperatures are already taking place. As we have seen in 2020 and 2021, there have been food shortages as a result of mass consumerism. The demand for food and resources is increasing every day *and it seems the planet cannot sustain that need on account of the climate change.

A point to consider is that first world countries such as the UK and the US are amongst the large consumers in the world these days. To put into context, if every country consumed the same amount of resources as the US, we would need 4 Earths to sustain us. It is estimated that Europe spends $11 million on ice cream every year which could pay for the education of every child on the planet twice. And if that isn’t a wakeup call, there is a floating mass of waste in the pacific ocean known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’, mostly made up of plastic and is now roughly twice the size of Texas. This is only one of 5 masses of plastic floating in our seas.

You may be wondering why we are bringing awareness to being eco-friendly and highlighting the effects that events such as Black Friday has on the environment, while doing sales for Black Friday ourselves. Well at Green Sisters we ensure that our packaging is 100% biodegradable. This means that if our packaging is discarded anywhere, it will decompose and have no negative effect on the Earth. There is always a way to save the planet. Many businesses are starting to go green and we’re happy to be part of that.

To conclude, while Black Friday may be an exciting time and certainly convenient for the many, we must be wary of the effects that our habits have on the only world we have. There is always a way to make a change for the next generation.

“When the last tree is cut down, the last river is poisoned, the last fish is caught, then only will man discover that he cannot eat money” – Native American Proverb (Cree).

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