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Going Green: Green is the New Black (Friday)

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Every year, after feasting on turkey and dressing, millions of Americans line up outside retail stores as they wait for the doors to open for the most anticipated sale of the year.  Many people take this opportunity to get great deals for their holiday shopping lists, while others simply enjoy taking part in the ritual.  However you choose to participate, the day has evolved to be a part of the holiday experience for many.  If you’re planning on joining in on the shopping this year, remember to be green while you shop.  Not sure how to be green on Black Friday?  We have you covered.
  1. Purchase energy-efficient electronics.  Many of the items purchased on Black Friday are big-ticket items like TVs and computers that will be used for years to come.  Make sure you take the time to do your research before you shop so you know which items are the most energy-efficient.  Once you bring your goods home, use power-saving modes to conserve energy.  And don’t forget to recycle old products when you replace them!
  2. Recycle your coupons and use digital versions when possible.  Paper coupons are easy to lose or forget and only contribute to waste.  Retailers often have coupons available online or through their apps, so you can easily access them while you’re shopping on your phone.
  3. Don’t buy “deals.”  Make a list before you go shopping so you know exactly what you’re looking for, and don’t fall into the trap of buying things you don’t need.  It’s easy to see a great deal and be tempted to buy it, but often these unnecessary items end up unused and eventually in landfills.
  4. Bring your own bag.  We all have those reusable bags—now is the perfect time to use them!  Put them in your car the day before you go shopping so you don’t forget to grab them as you head out.  They’ll hold up better as you shop, and you’ll reduce your plastic footprint by avoiding using new shopping bags.
  5. Go thrifting instead.  Avoid the craze of the day altogether by shopping at thrift stores for secondhand items that you can use to create DIY gifts.  Thrifting offers a much more sustainable alternative to purchasing mass-produced goods, many of which are produced at lower quality with the intention of selling them on “sale” for Black Friday.
However you choose to spend your Black Friday, make sure it’s green.  The long-term effects of your purchase will last longer than the short-term impact of getting a great deal.  Don’t get caught up in the frenzy and make smart, sustainable choices when shopping. What are your green holiday traditions?  Let us know by commenting below.  DING!  You are now free to be Green!