Green Friday: The Best Sustainable Or Second Hand Brands To Buy From This Black Friday

Here’s why you should support Green Friday this November.

While Black Friday sales might be great for your wallet, what they’re not so good for is the environment and the small businesses that just can’t compete with the bigger brands’ slashed prices. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying Black Friday sales from our fave big brands, there are loads of sustainable and smaller brands you can shop from too that are much better for the environment.

Supporting Green Friday means shopping from a more sustainable brand or buying second-hand instead of rushing to buy fast fashion all the time. Every little helps, and even if you buy just one thing second-hand instead of new that’s a great start!

Why support Green Friday?

Surely ordering a few new outfits, some headphones, and all your Christmas gifts can’t do that much damage?

Well, according to a report by in 2020, home deliveries for Black Friday in the UK alone produces around 429,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the same as around 450 return flights between London and New York.

So yes, Black Friday is causing some pretty hefty damage to the planet.

It’s not just about the environment though. Big brands can give big, enticing discounts. Small brands can’t compete with these discounts and get run out of business.

So supporting a smaller or more sustainable brand is not only helping out small businesses but the planet too.

Sustainable brands to support on Green Friday

1. Vestiaire Collective

A leading brand in the second-hand luxury fashion industry, Vestiaire Collective is the place to pick up everything from iconic outfits to homeware –– and it’s all second hand.

You can search by designer, or simply browse beautiful items across a variety of fashion and lifestyle categories for hours. You’ll find an amazing selection of vintage accessories and fashion in great condition and at great prices, what’s not to love?

Get a student discount at Vestiaire Collective

2. Neal’s Yard Remedies

The first ever high street brand to become carbon neutral, Neal’s Yard provides Soil Association-certified organic beauty and lifestyle products.

They also use only renewable energy sources and have some incredibly luxurious bath and body gifts that make great stocking fillers for Christmas if you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet.

Get a student discount at Neal’s Yard

3. Naturisimo

Bringing you beauty products that are both good for you and the planet, Naturismo is the ultimate destination for planet-friendly beauty brands. If you want to give clean beauty a go, it’s a great place to start with products that are good for your skin and the planet.

They’re also a 1% for the planet member which means that 1% of all their annual sales (not profit) goes to environmental charities around the world.

Get a student discount at Naturisimo

4. Allbirds

A certified B corporation, Allbirds produce the most comfortable shoes from natural materials such as wool, recycled bottles, and tree fibre. They’re already carbon neutral but are working to reduce their footprint even further. Treating yourself to some new running trainers never felt so good.

Get a student discount at Allbirds

5. Lucy & Yak

Lucy & Yak is an independent sustainable British business that sells sustainable and comfortable clothes in fun patterns and colours. From their signature dungarees to cosy winter fleeces, there’s something for everyone and every body type to enjoy.

Using organic and recycled materials or dead stock fabric, Lucy & Yak puts sustainability first and is a great brand to buy from or treat yourself to this Black Friday.

Get a student discount at Lucy & Yak

Hopefully this has given you a good idea of all of the brands where you can get a student discount AND help the environment at the same time. Don’t forget to check out Deinfluencing Explained: How To Work Out If You Need To Buy Something This Black Friday.