Greenify Your Black Friday – Reduce Waste!
Hopefully everyone had a great holiday and is feeling well-fed and rejuvenated! For those of you who’ll be braving the shopping scene today, the biggest shopping day of the year, we’ve a put together a few suggestions on how to reduce your Black Friday footprint.
1. Transportation – Traffic will be heavy on all the major routes today. You can help reduce air pollution and green house gas emissions (and save money!) by choosing an alternative to getting in your car. Where do you want to shop? Is it within biking distance? Is it on a bus line? If you have to get in your car, can you find an alternate route to take? Can you carpool? If you have friends going to the same place, you could give them a lift and collectively save on gas.
2. Shopping bags – Help reduce packaging waste by remembering to bring your re-usable shopping bags! They’re more durable than paper or plastic ones anyway, so there’s less chance of your things being damaged from falling out of a developing hole in the bottom.
3. Lunch – If it’s going to be a long trip, pack up some leftovers from the fridge in some re-usable containers. If you don’t have to eat out, you won’t generate any food packaging waste (and save money again!). And chances are that you have something healthier and tastier at home than what you would find in a food court.
4. Water bottle – On the same token, bringing a re-usable water bottle with you will keep you from having to buy disposable ones while you’re out (reducing waste = saving dollars!).
5. Shop local – Depending on your quest, you may be able to find some of your treasures at local shops or markets. Products made locally have less distance to travel and therefore save on transportation fuel and packaging.
6. Shop online – Avoid using any gas, the crowds, the lines, and the whole hassle and shop from the comfort of your couch. In your pajamas! And slippers! Seriously though, GiGaomPRO did a study in 2009 that found online shopping to be about 15 times more eco-friendly than in-store shopping.