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  • Writer's pictureIrene Canovi

Conscious Weekend: ultimate alternative to Black Friday

Conscious Weekend is an eco-friendly alternative to Black Friday with will happen in less than a week which is the day of capitalism for excellence.

How can we fight fast fashion? the first step is to stop buying almost disposable clothes from brands such as Shein, Primark, H&M and so on. All the major brands will make discounts on Black Friday to incentive people on buying massively. I have been in the United States on Black Friday and people literally fight to grab the best deal.

I'll give you some tips on how to be sustainable even on technology and furniture.

The conscious weekend is just the beginning, Let's stop consumerism a step at a time. We need to start with the little things such as stopping mass buying on occasions such as Black Friday or winter or summer sales in case of nothing.

Here in Lisbon, you can get easily a lot of things with a low impact on the environment. For instance, you have just moved in into your empty new place. If you are looking for furniture the best place to go is Remar Lojas Solidarias, located at nº 104 A e B, R. Possidónio da Silva, Alcantara. I personally call it Narnia, cause you can really get yourself lost in the busy warehouse. It's possible to find from tables and chairs to storage, cabinet, glasses, plates, and so on. The delivery is free in all of Lisbon and the price is super affordable. Also, they are happy to get your used furniture. This place saved my life when I moved to my new place and I have to furnish the whole place.

Need a new pair of headphones? OLX is the Portuguese e-bay, and it works perfectly. I got the latest Marshall totally new. for half the price. The box was still closed. You can find everything on OLX from apartments to dogs, and clothes. Just take a dive.

Facebook groups like FREE YOUR STUFF LISBON are also a great way to get things for your flat. At Feira Da Ladra every Tuesday and Saturday near Mercado da Santa Clara you can find clothes, furniture, cameras, jewelry, movies, glasses, poster, placates, etc.

Shop your clothes in a vintage store, or second hands shops, or do clothes swaps, with your friends or in your neighborhood. My last piece of advice is Join Giving Tuesdays instead.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Join the movement and give – each Tuesday and every day – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community. It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to contribute toward building the better world we all want to live in.

We also have the Lisbon organisation so here's the link to check it out. So let me know, how do you contribute to a conscious Black Friday? Leave a comment below.

How do you participate in the conscious weekend? We'll organize clothes swaps, are you joining?

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