Circular economy can help mitigate environmental impact of frenzied Black Friday shopping

Javad Nasiry
Published: 2 December 2022

Black Friday offers cut-rate deals, but low prices can come with a high environmental cost. If shoppers don’t make choices wisely, their purchases could end up in the landfill.

The clothing industry accounts for about 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions, but some retailers are taking more responsibility for their environmental impact, said Desautels Associate Prof. Javad Nasiry, Director of the Sustainable Growth Initiative, in an interview with Global News.

Zara is one company that has taken steps toward greater sustainability. In October 2022, the Spanish fast-fashion giant launched Zara Pre-owned, a repair and exchange platform that allows its customers to re-sell their Zara purchases and request repairs like replacement zippers.


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