Bring your favorite reusable shopping bags and use them for more than just your groceries.
Politely refuse single-use bags at shops.
Shop Local, Shop Small: Take advantage of Small Business Saturday and support your
local community. Why?
- You’ll be cutting back on your carbon emissions by keeping it local.
- You’re bound to find some truly one-of-a-kind treasures
- You’re supporting local artisans and skilled crafts workers, keeping the money close
to home, helping to ensure a healthy local economy.
- Many small stores offer great sales for Small Business Saturday. Call ahead!
- The best place to check for deals will be your local newspaper, chamber of commerce
website, or downtown association blog.
Go thrifty! They may not have fancy storefronts, but there are quality finds waiting
for you at thrift, second-hand, and consignment stores. Ever see one of those “trash
to treasure” TV shows? Who knows what you’ll find! Plus,
- Many consignment shops only take items that have been trending within the last two
- Some Goodwill shops have regular sales and special sales, even on Black Friday.
- Some shops have holiday-themed items, boxes of unused greeting cards, wreaths, and
- Consider using a consignment purchase such as a scarf instead of wrapping paper.
No matter where you shop, check where the product was made and what it contains. The
farther away the country, the more costly to the environment its trip here probably
was. And sustainably sourced products may be a little pricier today, but will provide
dividends for the planet and future generations in the long run.
You could also avoid store-bought goods altogether (and those long lines and crazy
crowds) and spend the weekend crafting homemade gifts instead.
Sustainable Shipping Tips
Shopping online can have a lighter carbon footprint than going to the store, but choose
a longer shipping window rather than getting your order in two days or less. Longer
shipping time allows Amazon, other shippers, or retailers to group items together
and fill their delivery trucks more efficiently, saving fuel. Before you click “Checkout,”
ask yourself, “Do I really need those items in two days?”
When possible, opt for shipping in a single shipment, rather than let Amazon send
After unpacking, break cardboard boxes down, keep them dry and clean, and place them
in a recycle bin for collection.