The global frenzy of Black Friday will be returning this year on November 27th, why not think and act sustainably by opting for a Green Friday instead?
Green Friday aims to help raise awareness around the environmental impact of Black Friday, especially from online sales delivered through national distribution centres.
This year, Covid-19 has massively affected shopping habits so that more consumers are purchasing products online for delivery, so the environmental cost of online Black Friday shopping is elevated.
With the festive season fast-approaching and many of us beginning to rack our brains for gift ideas for our loved ones, let’s shop smart, shop green and shop local this Christmas.
Why Shop Local
When you shop local, your money also stays local and goes into the community – including the pockets of our small and independent businesses. VISA reports that for every £10 we spend with a local business, more than a third (£3.80) stays within the area, showing the true value of shopping locally.
Local businesses also tend to be smaller and produce less waste, less air pollution and less traffic than their enormous counterparts. Choosing to buy locally rather than online, leads to less deliveries and delivery vans on our roads, thus less CO2 emissions – plus less packaging!
Many of our small businesses have shown great resilience to the constantly changing times through this pandemic, including offering click and collect/takeaway/delivery services during lockdown. So before clicking on that internet basket, remember that within a 15 minute walk or cycle, there are several businesses in Wimbledon still offering great services/products, providing local jobs and supporting our community.
Lockdown has made us all appreciate the outdoors more and embrace the need for daily exercise. Shopping locally is a great way to incorporate exercise into our daily lives. Opt to walk or cycle into Wimbledon, taking advantage of the many cycle racks available in town and enjoying the brilliant cultural sites on offer.
Looking to tick off items on your Christmas gift shopping list? Shop green instead with the wealth of sustainable ranges offered by our stores in Wimbledon and give a gift that goes a long way.
Zero, Wimbledon’s first zero-waste shop will be opening in Centre Court Shopping Centre this Saturday, offering a simple alternative to excessive single-use packaging consumption with a wide range of ready-to-go bulk items. Their Zero Waste Kits make the perfect gift for the eco-conscious!
Shop local this Christmas for the future of our town.
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