It’s probably fair to say that the majority of Americans have a love-hate relationship with Black Friday. You either love the sales, or you hate the crowds; love finishing your holiday shopping or hate that a shopping spree to find all the things you want follows a holiday about all the things you’re grateful for. We get it.
Fortunately, you’re not the only one who’s felt a mix of love-hate emotions about the day. For all those looking to get some shopping done this weekend, but hoping to do some social good at the same time, here are 5 Black Friday deals that will save you dollars and do a bit of good in the world at the same time.
If you’re looking to buy hiking gear this Black Friday, you’re probably already concerned about the future of our planet. Fortunately, Patagonia’s promise to donate 100% of its sales to “grassroots organizations working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations” lets you buy your new jacket and save the planet too.
(Plus, Patagonia’s making it clear that in this post-election season they stand by the environment now, more than ever: “During a difficult and divisive time, we felt it was important to go further and connect more of our customers, who love wild places, with those who are fighting tirelessly to protect them.”)
The sister-founded online shop Sword & Plough started as a way to “repurpose wasted military surplus into fashionable bags,” “empower veteran employment,” “bridge the civil-military divide,” and “become a platform to bring public awareness to veteran issues.”
A purchase at Sword & Plough will send 10% of your purchase to veteran aid programs, and support female entrepreneurship!
We love women who support other women. Shopping at Activyst this Black Friday can help you do exactly that: for every purchase of active wear you make for yourself, Activyst will give 10% of their profits to supporting girls’ sports and physical activity programs. As Activyst’s mission reminds us,
A girl who is active is healthier. She’s not as likely to get pregnant as a teenager. She’s also less likely to be with a man who abuses her. She’s not into drugs or smoking, and is less likely to get cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases. That’s pretty huge. She’s a smarty pants. An active girl typically goes to school more often and achieves higher grades. She’s more likely to GRADUATE. And an educated girl is a girl with a future. She’s happy. A girl who is active has self-confidence and a healthier body image. She is not as likely to suffer from depression. She makes friends. She laughs. SHE BELIEVES SHE CAN ACHIEVE.
If you’re looking for leather goods this Black Friday, consider supporting ethical artisans like the shoemakers at Nisolo. Nisolo not only offers their shoemakers “paid vacation and healthcare for themselves and their families,” but also “skills training, health, nutrition, English, physical education,” and even financial literacy classes.
We were especially excited by Nisolo’s intergenerational work, “Whereas only 16% of [their] shoemakers were able to finish high school because they had to work to help provide for their families, 100% of [their] shoemakers’ children are in school, and 6 of them will soon be the first university graduates in their families.”
Echo has a long history of selling fashionable scarves and home decor (while responding to social movements of the times), and this Black Friday is no exception. Mic reports that Echo has partnered with Together We Rise to donate a clothing item similar to every purchase “to a young woman who is leaving foster care to live on her own.”
If you’re not willing to boycott the capitalist holiday of Black Friday entirely (we understand, we really do), know that there are still ways to do social good with your shopping. Make your voice heard this holiday season by who you support and what you buy.