Unfortunately, it’s Black Friday again. But we from TET. would like to make a statement on Green Friday against Black Friday: the day when screaming discounts and cheap deals fly around us. In this way, Black Friday greatly encourages impulse buying and overconsumption. And with that, we are depleting our earth at a rapid pace.
For us, happiness does not lie in discounts, but in doing something good for nature. Besides that, TET. makes swimwear from recycled plastic and clothing from sustainable materials, we will also have our first TET. Second life clothing event on the 25th of November in Bali! Because why should you buy new clothes when you can buy some really nice preloved/secondhand items from our favorite influencers in Canggu, Bali?
And not only that, because 50% of the proceeds go to the charity: Sungai Watch. Sungai Watch is working with their team every day to create solutions to stop the flow of plastic pollution from going into the ocean. By designing simple trash barriers and operating a collection, sorting and up-cycling system, they have created a scalable approach to tackling plastic pollution.
If you are in Bali, we would love to see you this Friday 😉
How can you get involved?
1. Skip Black Friday
The simplest way to get involved in Green Friday is to skip all the sale rail, as it will prevent you from buying things you most of the time don’t necessarily want or need. And in the end barely wears them so they end up in the rubbish dump.
2. Spend time in nature
Green Friday is also an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Take a nice walk through the woods, go for a run, to the park with friends or relax in the garden (if the Dutch rainy weather permits it).
3. Shop mindfully
If you do plan to go shopping, choose to shop consciously. Therefore, avoid large companies that are known for their bad environmental practices. Instead, you can invest in one of the following:
- Sustainable brands – look for the labels that are known for leading by example when it comes to adopting practices that work with the planet. You can look out for certifications such as B Corp, Soil Association and Leaping Bunny.
- Local businesses – this supports your local community and at the same time reduces the transport (and therefore CO2 emissions) required to ship goods.
- Secondhand or vintage wares – to avoid overconsumption, it is important to buy items that have had a past life and prevent them from ending up in the trash.
4. Learn something new about our planet
Try to learn something new about our planet today! There are a lot of resources out there to help you get started with our planet in various ecologies. From books and podcasts to documentaries (David Attenborough is your friend here).
5. Raise awareness
Spread the word about Green Friday and tell your friends, family, and colleagues. This will help broadcast its message and values at a much faster rate, helping the movement to grow and gain traction. Change starts with us, after all!