Buy Nothing Day! The anti-Black Friday companies and campaigners

When the shop doors burst open on Black Friday and chaos ensues, it's a little bit tempting to just kick back and relax in protest.

And some of us may feel more encouraged after recent environmental developments – from teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg sailing across the pond to give a UN speech, to a series of Extinction Rebellion protests (some not so peaceful) to encourage the government to take action on climate change.

But after last year's £7bn cash injection into the British retail sector from purchases made on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, radical change is unlikely to happen so soon.

Image: Shoppers flood a department store on Black Friday

With the rise of consumerism, fast fashion and instant gratification being more apparent than ever, Black Friday, which started in the US, is being boycotted by several companies who are promoting anti-Black Friday campaigns to give shoppers a nudge.

Here are some companies and campaigns that are banning bargains to encourage conscience-driven consumerism.


1. Allbirds

AllBirds in London will empty its store in protest of Black Friday
Image: AllBirds in London will empty its store in protest of Black Friday

London shoe shop AllBirds, located in London's Covent Garden, is celebrating an alternative no-buy Black Friday by emptying their store and ceasing trading for the day, all in the name of encouraging mindful shopping. Instead, the shop will open its space for immersive workshops, live music and experiences that encourage shoppers to create more and consume less.

2. Christopher Raeburn

British fashion designer Christopher Raeburn has been a long-running Black Friday rebel. His brand Raeburn, which advocates the slow-fashion movement, is running an initiative which hopes to challenge shoppers into adopting the new mindset: "BUY NOTHING, RAEPAIR SOMETHING".

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3. Deciem

Popular and affordable skincare brand Deciem, the parent company of The Ordinary, is shunning Black Friday in favour of a 23% discount on every product for the whole month before going dark on 29 November and closing all stores. The company is using its Black(out) Friday campaign to highlight hyper-consumerism posing one of the biggest threats to the planet. The company said: "Flash sales can often lead to rushed purchasing decisions, driven by the fear of a sell-out. We no longer feel that Black Friday is an earth or consumer-friendly event".

4. Buy Nothing Day

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