Updated November 21, 2018
Most of the year, we responsible consumers find ourselves having to choose between two virtues: buying sustainable and ethically made items, and watching our budget. But on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we finally get to combine the two!
No, I’m not advocating you join the Friday morning stampede into the local mall or Walmart. But I am thrilled to share with you a whole bevy of sustainable and ethical brands that are having sales to kick off the holiday season!
I just want to note, however, that many of these brands and stores have much lower profit margins than conventional brands. Some aren’t offering discounts, but are donating money to good causes, which is an excellent way to celebrate the season. Some are doing both. Those are at the top.
Keep coming back throughout the weekend, as I’ll be updating this as new ones land in my inbox!
Exclusive Discounts Just for EcoCult Readers
Olderbrother: 20% off site wide, no code needed. EcoCult readers get an extra 5% off with code ecocultbfspecial. 11/23 – 11/27.
Lucy & Jo: Free shipping on any order with code ECOCULT at checkout. 11/23 – 11/26. Continental US only.
LOKAH/CO: 25% for EcoCult readers with code ECOTHANKS. 11/23 – 11/28.
elborne: 25% off site wide. Use the code thanks25 at checkout from 11/19 – 12/1. EcoCult readers have early access to the sale and can take 25% off orders starting 11/15 with code ecocult25.
Ably: Everything marked down by 35%. 11/22 – 11/25, no code needed. EcoCult readers can save an additional 10% using promo code EcoCult. 11/22 – 11/25. Starting on 11/26, select items will be discounted by 15%. When the customer buys 2 items, discounted or not, they can get 40% off of their entire order with promo code CW40. That includes already marked down items.
Faire.Shop: 15% off of your entire order with code ECO15. 11/20 – 11/25. $5 shipping until 11/30 (no code necessary).
Fauna: 15% off with code ECOCULT at checkout. 11/22 – 11/25.
Fortress of Inca: All styles marked down between 10-50% (no promo code needed). 11/23 – 11/26. Additional 10% off for EcoCult readers using the code ecocult10 (limit one per customer).
Rebecca Casciano: EcoCult readers get $100 off Rebecca’s signature Embrace Your Face Makeup Lesson with code ECOCULT from Black Friday (11/23) – Cyber Monday (11/26). Get to know and love your unique beauty even more in this 2-hour, hands-on, clean beauty makeup lesson where Rebecca will demonstrate a complete makeup application, recommending plant-based products, tools and techniques chosen especially for you. Customers will be sent a gift card that can be used for themselves OR gifted to a loved one for the holidays! Gift cards must be redeemed by March 1, 2019. Sessions take place in New York City.
Enji Studio: Free gift with purchase of an American mined and Fair Trade gemstone (no code needed). 11/23-12/20. Free shipping on all orders for EcoCult readers with code ECOCULT.
Rebecca Mir Grady: 20% off any order with the code ECOCULT20 at checkout. 11/23 – 11/26.
Kit Culture: 25% off all items. 11/19 – 11/25. EcoCult readers get an additional 15% off with the code Eco15 (good through the new year).
Klow: 20% off all basic and capsule wardrobe collection. 11/22 – 11/27. Additional 15% off for EcoCult readers with promo code ECOCULTXKLOW. 11/22 – 11/30. Select items only.
Belvele: 30% off everything in the store (even sale items) with code ECOCULTBF30. 11/23 – 11/26.
Seed: 15% off your order with code ECOCULT15.
Shea Brand: 15% off your order with code ECOCULT15.
Arkins: 25% off site wide. 11/23 – 11/26. Ecocult readers get an additional 10% off using the code ECOCULT at checkout.
Natasha Tonic: 20% off their entire order with the code FIRE. 11/19 – 11/28. 5% of sales will go to Tree People in California to plant new trees where needed most after fires and 5% of sales will go to 5gyres to fight the plastic pollution in oceans. EcoCult readers get a surprise gift with their order, or 10% off their next order with the code ECO. Free shipping on orders over $100.
Donations & Causes
AITCH AITCH: They will be donating 25% of all sales to the California Wildfire Relief. 11/23 – 12/20.
O My Bag: Proceeds will be going to ‘The Cup’ in Kolkata, India, which is a café that supports women who are trafficked into prostitution.
Sandy Leong Jewelry: They will be giving 15% of proceeds from site wide sales starting on 11/27 (Giving Tuesday) through the end of the year to the Voss Foundation to help their ongoing efforts towards providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development.
Brightly: Daily deals 11/23 – 11/26. On 11/27, 10% of all purchases to California Community Foundation’s Wildfire Relief Fund.
Everlane: They’re partnering with Surfrider Foundation to clean beaches and prevent plastic reaching oceans. For every order made starting on Black Friday, $13 will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation until they reach their goal of $260,000. $13 equates to one pound of plastic cleaned up from our beaches, so that is 20,000 pounds of plastic off our beaches.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving—November 25th —is Shop for Good Sunday. This is the day to spend our holiday shopping dollars on companies that make the world better. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Americans spend over $1 trillion each year on holiday gifts. By pledging to use our purchasing power to support brands that do good for people, animals, and the planet, we can get our loved ones not only an incredible gift, but the gift of a better future.
Visit ShopForGoodSunday.com and check out the Shop For Good Gift Guide and use the code Shop4Good for exclusive discounts. 100% of the revenue earned through the official Shop for Good Sunday Gift Shop on Sunday, November 25th will be donated to support RAINN.org’s mission to end sexual violence in the U.S.
The Green Friday Friends community is a voice which collectively reminds consumers to buy mindfully. Taking advantage of low prices is completely fine, but BuyMeOnce wants consumers to shop consciously rather than impulsively.
So they will be donating 100% of Black Friday profits toHOP, a charity campaigning for products to be made more sustainably and for the end of planned obsolescence. BuyMeOnce is giving 100% of profits, but they know that isn’t feasible for everyone. Participating brands will give a percentage they are comfortable with.
United by Blue’s third annual Blue Friday, a nationwide DIY cleanup initiative, is going down on November 23rd, 2018. Before digging into that leftover turkey sandwich, Blue Friday participants are going to spend one hour on 11/23 picking up trash in a local park. And no matter where you are, you can join in.
GRAMMAR: Limited run of BLACK shirts in a very limited quantity of 4 styles (The Verb, The Conjunction, The Dangling Modifier, The Quotation) in signature organic cotton fabric in black. Good until they’re gone!
Rothy’s: Limited edition silver collection just for Black Friday.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Everything In Between Sales
Azura Bay: 20-70% off all swim, lucky last chance pieces, and some surprise lingerie and loungewear. 11/21 – 11/26.
Accompany: Use codes, SALEWITHSOUL20 for 20% off site wide; SALEWITHSOUL30 for 30% of orders over $250; SALEWITHSOUL40 for 40% off orders over $500. 11/21 – 11/26.
AUrate: 25% off online and in all AURAte retail stores with code BLACK25. 11/22 – 11/25. 25% off online 1-day only (11/26) with code CYBER25.
Knickey: (Knickey is a brand new 100% certified organic cotton underwear company–by women, for women–with a subscription service and take-back program.) Get 3 pairs for $30, 5 for $50, 10 for $80, and 20 for $120.
behno.com: For every handbag purchased (over $225) get a free Tara Card Holder. 11/20 – 11/27.
Behno Warehouse: Additional 10% off site wide 11/20 – 11/27.
Asquith: 25% off selected items. No code required. 11/23 – 11/26.
Anchal Project: 30% off site wide with the code GIVEBETTER30. 11/23-11/26.
Grund: Buy a sheet set, get a throw for FREE with code: BF18 + free shipping over $99. 11/22 – 11/25. Buy a robe, get a 3-piece towel set for FREE with code CYBER18 + free shipping over $99. 11/26 – 11/27 (5:00 PM).
Evolve: 25% off your order. 11/22 – 11/26. Use promo code Turkey25.
Nisolo: 1) 20% off his and hers Chelsea Boots. 11/18 – 11/21. 2) Hard markdowns on select items up to 60% off, + an additional 15% off site wide with code EXTRA15. 11/22 – 11/24. 3) 15% off orders of $150 or more, 30% off orders of $300 or more. 11/25 – 11/27.
Credo Beauty: Get a free clean beauty gift worth $100 when you spend $125 or more online or in store. No code necessary. 11/19 – 11/25.
MIRTH: 20% off one item, 25% off two items, and 30% off three items. 11/23 – 11/27.
Hackwith Design House: 30% off site wide (excluding The Sustain Shop) with code PumpkinPie. 11/22 – 11/26.
Bluer Denim: 50% off the entire shop with the code BLACK50. 11/21 – 11/27.
ANTIDOTE: 20% off on orders of $150+ with code GIVETHX20; 30% off on orders of $500+ with code GIVETHX30; 40% off on orders of $800+ with code GIVETHX40. 11/21 – 11/26.
Wyilda: 50% discount with the promo code wyilda50. 11/23 – 11/26.
Where Mountains Meet: 25% off site wide with code wMM25 at check out for discount + free ground shipping on all domestic orders. Now – 11/30.
Pondicherie: 25% off site wide with code Pondi25. 11/21 at noon to 11/29 midnight PST.
ABLE: Save 30% plus free shipping on orders $99+* with code ABLE30. (*Some exclusions may apply, free shipping on domestic orders only). 11/19 – 11/26.
Under the Canopy: 40% off site wide, no code needed.
Arvin Goods: 25% off on all purchases over $100. Free US Shipping on orders over $50.
Give Back Goods: 15% discount with a minimum purchase of $75.00.
allSisters: Up to 50% entire collection; no code needed. 11/19 – 11/25.
Wine Punts: (glassware made from recycled wine bottles) 30% off site wide with code 30EVERYTHING.
Of A Kind: Get a free Professional Enthusiast pouch for orders of $100 or more. 11/21 – 11/26.
BioLite: Up to 35% off site wide.
Urbana Sacs: 35% off and gift with purchase over $50 with code THANKFUL35.
Krochet Kids Intl: 30% off site wide with code GIVEGOOD. 11/21-11/25. 30% off site wide with code GIFTED. 11/26-11/27.
Beru Kids: Everything is $40 or under. 11/23 – 11/26.
Art of Pure: 20% off $100+ with code Thanks20. 20% off $350+ and a free UMA Deeply Clarifying Face Oil (15 ml value $70) with code Thankful. 11/22 – 11/26
Vitamin A Swim: Up to 70% off (exclusions apply) with an additional 10% off your entire order if purchase a coverup. 11/20 – 11/26.
Base Coat Nail Salon: 50% off Good Vibes Kit and Holiday Vibes Kit. Online and in stores. 11/23 – 11/26.
Bastide: 20% off with free shipping.11/23 – 11/25. 25% off on orders over $100 and free shipping over $75 on 11/26.
Follain: 20% off online orders. 11/22 – 11/26. Free shipping on online orders on 11/26. 20% off in-store orders 11/23 – 11/26.
Branch Basics: 20% off all Starter Kits 11/23 – 11/26.
Parachute: 20% off everything with code SALE18. Free shipping and returns online and in-stores. Exclusions on collabs and gift cards. 11/23 – 11/26.
Or, If you’re not into Black Friday shopping…
Join Made Trade’s “anything but shop” Black Friday campaign.
Made Trade believes you should only buy something if you truly need it and really love it.
“We’re in the sustainability business — we sell products that can last a lifetime and are crafted with care. You won’t find any lightning deals of cheap products on madetrade.com this Black Friday. We’d rather be spending time with our friends and families and staying far from malls, stores, computers, and smartphones on Black Friday. Maybe we’ll go for a hike, wash the dog, or hang that picture that’s still on the floor of our office. Whatever it is we do, it won’t be shopping.”
So this Black Friday, Made Trade is challenging you to do exactly that — do anything but shop. Do something you love — something that isn’t shopping — and share it! To celebrate not shopping, Made Trade is giving away 50 gift cards to madetrade.com. They’ve got gift cards of all shapes and sizes to mail to conscious consumers this holiday season. $10, $20, $50, even a couple of $100 gift cards, and one lucky, random person who does anything but shop, will get a $150 gift card to Made Trade! They’re physically mailing out all the gift cards on Tuesday, November 27th, with a messages of holiday cheer.
There are SO many things you can do that aren’t shopping:
Knit your cat a sweater
Bake cookies for a friend whose oven is broken
Going on a hike or go to the park
Plant a tree
Volunteer for a local organization
Cozy up next to a roaring fire or warm-ish radiator in your apartment
Whatever it is you love to do, go do it!
To enter for a chance to win simply:
1.) Follow @made.trade on Instagram.
2.) Post on Instagram a photo and caption of whatever you’re doing on Black Friday or Cyber Monday that’s not shopping.
3.) Tag @made.trade in your post.
4.) Use the hashtag #anythingbutshop.
Made Trade will DM winners for their physical addresses on Monday evening, November 26th.