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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  • Elvia Almachi, 32, holds a bundle of recently harvested Fair Trade-certified roses. Elvia has been working at Agrogana for 12 years, and has been part of the Fair Trade committee. She has two daughters, 9 and 12. Elvia and her husband Luis Alberto Villegas, also an Agrogana employee, both participate in the weekend adult school program paid by the Fair Trade Premium.
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Walmart Warehouse Workers Striking; Many More Planned for Black Friday

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