Something for Everyone on Your List (featuring 14 Local, Sustainable, and Ethical Small Businesses to Love)
We’ve got some big days coming up. Tomorrow, we don the stretchiest waistbands we own, spend some quality time with family and friends (and food), and reflect on our blessings.
But starting Friday, we enter the biggest shopping weekend of the year. In 2015, 74.2 million shoppers shopped on Friday (35 million shopped on Thanksgiving itself), spending over $100 million- and that’s just in store. Not to mention that there have been 7 DEATHS and 98 injuries from the craziness that ensues around the same holiday that is all about gratitude.
Let’s be honest- who doesn’t love the feeling of scoring a great deal this season?! Especially when you’ve got a huge gift list to fill. And while the stats I just mentioned are truly alarming and saddening, there is another way to participate in this weekend while doing some good- conscious consumerism.
We all know about the incredible deals big brands will have this weekend – but they don’t always have the best ethical record. What if we use the power or our dollars to support local, ethical, small businesses that are doing their part to make a positive impact on their community and the world? I’ve connected with some really great people in Minnesota to bring you this shopping guide, full of local, small businesses, and deals that you won’t want to miss- all in one place!
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Have you ever fallen in love with a dress at your favorite store or snagged an amazing tee online, only to realize it doesn’t fit quite right at home?? I’m really bad at talking myself into buying or keeping these pieces, thinking “I’ll make it work!” But more often than not, the piece ends up at the back of my closet, never worn, taunting me with my bad decision every time I do catch a glimpse of it. #rude
And when it can take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture ONE cotton t-shirt and a pair of jeans, not to mention the additional footprint of shipping, washing, and chemicals used to dye clothes, an unused piece of clothing doesn’t seem so harmless – and is definitely not sustainable.
Definitely the biggest change that comes from shopping conventional, fast fashion to sustainable style is the STICKER SHOCK. Makes sense, since fast fashion has driven the cost of our favorite trends way down. But, as you read on my intro post, the true cost is much greater.
Why cheap fashion has a deadlier cost
To be honest, though the price tags were really low, my fast fashion habit was making me go broke!
Shopping was my hobby. I always clicked on the offers in my inbox, and used my “loyal customer” discounts religiously. Of course, I had to keep adding to cart to make the shipping minimum… and go over it. I got such a rush from my multiple steals in the clearance sections at the mall, but those small purchases added up. Plus, I can now admit that I didn’t come home always loving everything I bought in my frenzy to not pass up on a good deal.
I had equated browsing, shopping, and buying constantly with fashion. Now, I’m doing things a little differently. Fashion is once again about versatility, story, and art for me- it’s once again about style.