By: Emmi Buck
Holiday season is getting into full swing and you’re probably being bombarded with ads urging you to shop the post-Thanksgiving deals, but let’s all take a second and think twice about what we’re buying. Checkout our list below for deals that are a more eco-conscious way to shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
P.S. If you *must* get that killer deal on Amazon, please consider using AmazonSmile. You get all the same Amazon products deals, but a portion of the sale is donated to a charity of your choice. If you’re a charitable organization, make sure to sign up to be on AmazonSmile before Thanksgiving to get some potentially huge donations from the AmazonSmile foundation.
Black Friday Deals
Skylar Non-Toxic Perfumes
20% Off ~ Nov. 22nd-Dec.1
Did you know that since perfumes are a “trade secret” they don’t need to disclose their ingredients fully? YIKES! Thankfully, there is Skylar. Their founder previously worked for The Honest Company and became a lot more aware of everything she put in and on her body. While looking for a fragrance that didn’t contain allergens and harmful chemicals and smelled fresh and sophisticated, she couldn’t find one. That’s what motivated her to create Skylar. “After many months of working with world-class perfumers and testing our products in real life, we created a collection of perfumes that gave us the answer we were all looking for. Skylar is a brand of natural perfumes that you can feel great about spritzing. The name Skylar was inspired by the qualities of a clear day – airy, natural, and beautiful.”
Quip Black Metal Electric Toothbrush
$10 Target Gift Card: Regular $50, Get $10 “Off” Via Gift Card
Target (in store)
It’s the new high-tech toothbrush that everyone is raving about. It has a built-in 2-minute timer, and pauses every 30 seconds to indicate that it’s time to move to another quadrant of your mouth. Quip eliminates non-reusable toothbrushes with their sleek and long-lasting metal handle that re-charges, and refill tips to swap out when you’re ready for a new toothbrush head. You can even sign up for auto-delivery every 3 months so you don’t have to think about when to swap out the top! Bonus: every all-black Quip brush sold helps provide life-changing dental care to children in need, in partnership with Global Dental Relief.
#OptOutside – Opt To Act DIY Cleanup Kit
REI / United By Blue (online)
As many of you know, REI closes its doors on Black Friday each year, and instead encourages people to get outside! Join this movement by (pre-Black Friday) purchasing the DIY Cleanup Kit formed by an REI & United By Blue partnership to encourage you to not only #OptOutside, but #OptToAct and help cleanup our planet! The kit comes with one pair of reusable work gloves (machine washable), one large reusable mesh bag (machine washable) for MOOP you find (matter out of place / garbage), and one exclusive Opt To Act bandana.
Segway Ninebot ES3 KickScooter with Dual Battery
$599.99 now $519.99
Costco (in store)
Have you been wanting to make the switch from driving your fossil-fueled car to a more eco-friendly electric scooter? The Segway Ninebot ES3 will get you there with it’s 15.5 mph speed and 28 mile range. You can also choose to kick-pedal your way and get some exercise, plus it’s compact and light, so it’s easy to take into the office with you. Make the switch to electric without breaking the bank!
Pristine Protocol 3-Step Oral Care System: Organic Brushing Rinse, Organic Toothpaste, & Tooth Polish
$26.75 now $22.74 PLUS a FREE travel sized Organic Brushing Rinse 3 oz. mouthwash!
Essential Oxygen (online)
This revolutionary three-step system for optimal oral health and a radiant smile is designed to customize oral care needs since every mouth is different, using only natural ingredients. Since ingredient quality and eco-friendliness were of utmost importance, the Pristine Protocol features organic, vegan, gluten free ingredients and no synthetic flavors. The Organic Brushing Rinse is also biodegradable, so not only does it clean your mouth – it’s the cleanest product you can use while out camping or exploring mother nature. Get these amazing organic oral care products 15% off plus a FREE Organic BR mouthwash travel size to take with you for fresh breath on the go!
Small Business Saturday Deals
Shop Local / Small Online Shops
Support your local businesses and small batch folks as well! If there are some small shops in your town, go show them some love this Saturday. Even small purchases help keep their doors open. You can also find good deals from individuals with small online shops, especially on Etsy. Looking for one of a kind, hip and unique glass items? Check out Bonny Collections on Etsy who will be doing 10% off for Small Biz Saturday.
Mama Strong Heart Handmade Salves, Balms, and Jewelry
Mama Strong Heart (online)
Using only the highest quality plants and other ingredients, many of them grown in her garden or foraged, Jessica (Mama Strong Heart) creates high-vibration, highly effective, organic salves and balms. She has been practicing plant-based medicine for years and has a deep knowledge of the healing properties of the plants/herbs/oils she uses. Listen to her latest review: “With synthetic additives and artificial compounds becoming more and more linked to inflammation and other diseases, it’s great to find a product that is not only 100% natural and plant based, but organic as well. This stuff leaves my skin looking vibrant and puts my mind at ease knowing that the ingredients are about as safe as it gets. I use this product every day on my face, and any time I have dry skin anywhere. This stuff is pure gold!”
Sun Valley Remedies Organic, Handmade Small-Batch Lotions
15% Off With Code NOURISH15
Sun Valley Remedies (online)
Alison, founder of SV Remedies created these organic lotion blends with all natural ingredients to solve the issue she had been facing since her teens: a skincare solution that would agree with her sensitive skin. She handcrafts each batch with love from the company’s nature-inspired headquarters of beautiful Sun Valley, ID. These are hands-down the best lotions I’ve ever tried, and are very hydrating and nourishing, without any greasy feeling. My favorite scents are: Smarty Pants or Beach Baby to wake up, Knots Anymore for after a workout muscle massage, and Winter Blues for calming evenings or weather-cracked hands.
PSA: Don’t just support small businesses this one Saturday ~ challenge yourself to shop small as often as possible. Supporting small businesses is supporting individuals and their families. Small businesses tend to put people and planet before profit – so by supporting them, you’re supporting everyone’s overall health!