Black Friday... or Anti Black Friday

Anti-Black Friday, Green Friday, Sustainable Consumption

The Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States has turned into a commercial tradition with stories and malls opening in the wee hours to offer sales and other gimmicks. Many decry the commercialization of a holiday built around family time and giving thanks. While most of us here at 3p would rather sleep in and eat leftover Turkey, the phenomenon of “Black Friday” remains. Collected here are stories about consumerism and the idea of using the Black Friday tradition to buy something responsible.

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Black Friday Post Mortem: Business as Usual or End of Capitalism?

According to ShopperTalk, in-store sales decreased 10.4 percent over Black Friday weekend (Nov. 26-29) compared to last year. If you’re not a fan…
Backpacking, travel, sustainability, Suzi Wortman, Summit Chile, Claudio Retamal, The North Face, REI, Patagonia, Leon Kaye, black friday

Why Backpacking is a Sustainability 101 Course for Work and Home

Setting off on a long backpacking trip abroad will allow you to bring home lessons on living and working sustainably for when you…
Specialty Outdoor Retailer REI announces Black Friday closure at 143 stores nationwide with unveiling at Seattle flagship store as part of #OptOutside initiative.

Forget Black Friday — Head Outside Instead

After Thanksgiving, nearly 100 million Americans spend the following day in stores and malls, racing against time and one another for Black Friday…
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This Holiday Season, Find Out What Your Favorite Brands are Doing on Human Rights

Coming shortly before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this video serves as a useful reminder of how consumers can take a hard look…
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Consumer Behavior Drives Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales results point to consumers consuming better but is it enough to prevent irreversible climate change and mass…
Made to Last, United Kingdom, Black Friday, buy local, sustainability, artisan, Leon Kaye, Federation of Small Business

Made to Last Promotes Local Products Proudly Made in Britain

Made to Last connects consumers to artisans and manufacturers who craft their wares within the United Kingdom.
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A Student Challenge Suggests Millennials Could Save Us from Black Friday

As retailers debate whether to jumpstart holiday shopping by opening on Thanksgiving, 44 of my students have a new perspective on consumption –…
Black Friday, sustainable fashion 2014, Osmium, fair trade, Walmart, Amazon, Etsy, Fair Tuesday, Mata Traders, Leon Kaye

A Black Friday 2014 Call to Action: Durability Over Discounts?

Black Friday 2014 does not have to be about buying cheap stuff at big box stores. Consider focusing on durability over discounts instead.
Patagonia, Yerdle, sharing economy, collaborative consumption, b corp, Black Friday, social innovation, Leon Kaye

Patagonia’s Investment in Yerdle Shows Sharing Economy Maturing

Patagonia has announced an investment in Yerdle, a startup where users can use a smartphone app to give and receive things for free.
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Patagonia “Anti” Black Friday Campaign Urges Customers to Repair Worn Clothing

Clothing retailer Patagonia released a short film called Worn Wear to promote re-purposing worn clothing.
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Forget Sustainable Consumption. Focus on Sustainable Citizenship

While the sustainable business world keeps focusing on ways to increase sustainable consumption as a path to a more sustainable future, when we…
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Black Friday: News Articles about Early Openings Miss the Point

This year a number of retailers are opening their stores on Thanksgiving even earlier than they did last year. At the same time,…
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Video Interview: Adam Werbach, yerdle’s 6 Month Progress Report

yerdle.com is a sharing economy platform that allows people to give away what they don't want or need. I had a chance to…
Walmart, Sustainability, Leon Kaye, corporate social responsibility, CSR, Bangladesh, wind power, clean energy, e-waste, supply chain, fire in Bangladesh, green room, black friday, discrimination, solar, locally sourced food

The Year in Sustainability: Walmart 2012 in Review

2012 has been a roller coaster at Walmart, with questions about its sustainability plan, the fire in Bangladesh, Black Friday and the treatment…
black friday, retailers, Zeynep Ton, big box stores, walmart, retail employees, the face of poverty, Leon Kaye, Uniqlo, public assistance, welfare, medicaid

Disgruntled Employees and Extended Black Friday Hours = Deflated Sales

The debate over the extended Black Friday hours overlooks one important fact: that retail workers are now the face of poverty in the…
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