The time of year has come where we’re all rushing around trying to nail down the gifts we are going to give to our loved ones (or selves) this holiday season!
We believe that voting with our wallets is one of the most powerful things we can do as customers. Next to that, there is no better feeling than giving something you’ve put a lot of thought in and that’s been made with love, so here are 5 ways to help you go from black to green this year;
- Preloved and perfect
A great way to reduce your impact can be by buying preloved items such as vintage clothing or jewellery for presents rather than brand new items, this is often not only cheaper but also better for the planet as it results in less waste. At SCOON, we have collaborated with And Pause, who cherry picks the best of vintage. Each piece is special because of its unique character and Founder Renee is the queen of DIY and hand picks, washes and photographs the items to create more wearable or different looking unique pieces.
- Ethical shopping
If you have to buy new, think clean, green and ethical. Some people love to put together hampers of their favourite gifts each year for loved ones. We have a great selection of clean beauty and skincare products from brands like ILIA Beauty, Evolve, Kure Bazaar, Grown Alchemist, Superbon and many more which can be gifted together to create the perfect sustainable beauty hamper for someone special! Take a look at our Beauty Gift Guide for more inspiration.
- Support small
When you buy from a small brand you are helping an individual or small collective of individuals keep their business going by being able to afford to buy more materials or products, pay their employees a fair wage and bring their vision to life. Your purchase always means the most to small businesses and we can definitely say everyone on the SCOON team has only been able to be a part of the journey because of your support and for that we are super grateful!
- Gift cards
We always encourage shoppers to buy responsibly but we understand it might be difficult around the holiday season when you’re unsure what the perfect gift might be for someone. Rather than buying someone something which may well end up at the back of their wardrobe or bathroom cabinet collecting dust, why not give them the gift of choice with a SCOON gift card or digital gift card.
- Shop local
Shopping in your local area and buying from local producers is the easiest way to reduce the carbon footprint of our purchases while supporting small businesses. It’s a great way of reducing the demand for new products (and their carbon footprint) whilst supporting a good cause at the same time. Take a stroll around your neighbourhood during Green Friday and discover unique products at family-run shops with personalised customer service. Don’t forget to take your own bags so you can save on unnecessary packaging.
A Final Note..
There's no denying that Black Friday is a great opportunity to benefit from the wide range of discounts but instead of spending money because ‘it’s such a good deal’, we hope that you stand with us and support brands that truly care about people and the environment. Buy quality over quantity. Something that not only makes you happy, but is made fair and responsibly.