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Year after year, we’re seeing more and more businesses get in on the Black Friday action – which is a big win for shoppers, but can be a big loss for the planet.

See, Black Friday is all about overconsumption. It encourages shoppers to buy more than they need by offering far too tempting discounts, leading to unnecessary purchases and, ultimately, excessive waste. Never mind the environmental costs of the shipping, packaging and energy used to get your extra orders to you.

But this doesn’t mean you need to forego Black Friday and Cyber Monday all together – it’s still an amazing way to save money on your Christmas shopping and end-of-year must-haves, and should be treated as such. In fact, online shopping (when done in moderation) can promise a significantly smaller carbon footprint than shopping in bricks and mortar stores, but only when you are doing all of your research online rather than driving from store to store and aren’t making frequent returns.

All in all, Black Friday doesn’t have to spell disaster for the environment – but the responsibility lies in our hands. Do your research (we’ve listed a few of the most noteworthy offers below) and be sure to keep your wits about you as you shop the sales.

For the ladies

30% off everything at Cotton On // Shop here

50% off everything at boohoo // Shop here 

60% off everything at Nasty Gal // Shop here

20% off full-price at Forever New // Shop here

50% off selected bundles at Bondi Sands // Shop here

From 30% off full-price at Cools Club // Shop here

30% off selected stock at The Iconic // Shop here

Up to 50% off at ASOS // Shop here

Up to 50% off at Bonds // Shop here

For the blokes

30% off everything at Cotton On // Shop here

50% off everything at boohooMAN // Shop here

30% off full-price at Barney Cools // Shop here

30% off selected stock at The Iconic // Shop here

Up to 50% off at ASOS // Shop here

Up to 50% off at Bonds // Shop here

For the kids

30% off everything at Cotton On Kids // Shop here

25% off selected full-price apparel, toys, footwear and more at David Jones // Shop here

20% off sitewide at Industrie Kids // Shop here

Up to 50% off at Bonds // Shop here

Up to 40% off at Osh Kosh B’Gosh // Shop here

For the home

First ever Black Friday sale at The Reject Shop // Shop here

Up to 50% off homewares at David Jones // Shop here

Up to 80% off at Kogan // Shop here

Up to 50% off at Catch.com.au // Shop here

20% off selected stock at Adairs // Shop here

Massive savings at Temple and Webster // Shop here

Up to 50% off selected stock at Freedom // Shop here

For travelling

25% off full priced items storewide, 40% off sale items at Fjällräven Australia // Shop here

Holiday package deals at Jetstar // Shop here

Big Red Sale at Flight Centre // Shop here

Special offers soon to be announced at Skyscanner // Shop here

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