Black Friday was originally started in US and has slowly been introduced all over the Western World the last few years. We have all seen the horrific videos from massive department stores, where people literally fight over 2000” TV. It’s both very fun and very tragic at the same time.
Lately some brands have dissociated themselves from having massive sales, claiming they are all against big sales, that people shouldn’t overconsume, all while they try to mislead us all with their greenwashing ideas. For years Danish fashion brand Mads Nørgaard gets attention with claiming Black Friday is straight up disrespectful to their customers and nature. We all know that the fashion industry is one of the worst when it comes to CO2 emission. The funny thing is that just a few days later they advertise their sales.
Other brands are riding the “we plant trees to save the world” wave. A Danish interior brand Sofacompany is telling in their latest press release that they want to be leading in sustainability and claim to plant 250.000 trees in Kenya before the end of 2020. Obviously, I have no idea how many trees is used to produce a couch, but I am sure it is more than the 5 the plant for each sold couch. 5 trees probably aren’t enough to make the carboard boxes the couches are delivered in.
By all means am I against overconsumption and I love initiatives to make the world a better place, but don’t make Black Friday the big sinner and please stop with making yourself look good while trying to shame people who are looking to save a few bucks.
I always keep a wish list of things that would be nice to have, but also things I don’t need right now. If I see it on sale, I get it. I don’t see that as overconsumption at all. Black Friday is for me the perfect opportunity to get the things I’ve wanted for a while. Be prepared, do your research and don’t let the “deals” sway you, just because something is marked half price, it isn’t always the truth. Lots of retailers will actually put the price up weeks before BF to make it seem like you are doing a good deal, but in reality, you are just paying the same price as you could have weeks before.
Black Friday is perfectly ok, as long as you make a list of things that you actually need – and stick with it. Here is my list of the best interior and home décor sales this week.
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- Score 20% off your order at Rough Linen. Offer is valid now through Sunday, December 1.
- All week, Amazon* if offering discounts across their site, great place to find your new gadgets.
- November 27 through December 2, Jotex* is offering up to 80% off with new deals every day.
- Get 20% off site wide on orders at Parachute*. Offer starts November 28 and runs through December 1.
- 20% selected items during Arket* color week, adding new items to the sale every day.
- Interior online store TrendyLiving* offers 20-60% on 3000 interior products.
- From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, HAY* customers will receive 20% off their order, plus free shipping on all accessories, furniture, and lighting.
- Leading sustainable Danish design brand Mater is giving customers 25% off everything.
- Contemporary art gallery Beauton Art Gallery offers a lot of great discounts on a selection of their originals and 20% off their art prints, starting today through December 6.
- Use the code Black20 at checkout and receive 20% off on all prints and free shipping all weekend when you shop at bycdesign.