Forget Black Friday: First ever ‘Green Saturday’ sparks fight against electrical waste

Forget Black Friday: First ever ‘Green Saturday’ sparks fight against electrical waste

Bristol Waste are launching a new event called Green Saturday to encourage more people in Bristol to opt for pre-loved electrical gifts when shopping this Christmas.

The event will be combating Black Friday, putting into question the need to buy brand new in the city when 40-50% of the electrical items that Bristol Waste receive work like new, and can be reused rather than recycled.

Pete Bowman, Site Operative at Bristol Waste
Pete Bowman, Site Operative at Bristol Waste

Joanna Dainton, Reuse Coordinator at Bristol Waste, told us more about the initiatives behind the event: “We want to challenge the perception that second hand or pre-loved is not as good an option. If it works… use it!”

Joanna Dainton, Reuse Coordinator at Bristol Waste
Joanna Dainton, Reuse Coordinator at Bristol Waste

Amongst the surge of Black Friday deals, what sort of impact could a project like this have on the people of Bristol?

Joanna shares her hopes that they can “open up the doorway of reusable living to the people who wouldn’t think it was for them. This is for everyone… this is for anyone!”

Bristol Waste Company
Bristol Waste Company

The endless high-street bargains are often difficult to resist. Even Joanna admits “Black Friday is great”.

“But sometimes it can get us in the mood for buying things that we don’t really need or don’t really want.

“This idea is one of the main reasons for these perfectly usable items ending up on the scrap heap in the first place.”

Electrical items being chosen for PAT testing
Electrical items being chosen for PAT testing

With Bristol having recently declared a climate emergency, the event comes at a time where more people are becoming aware of the benefits of sustainable living.

Joanna is confident the event will be a success and said: “you don’t need to buy something super cheap off Amazon that’s brand new, when you can buy something super cheap in Bristol off us that is pre-loved but works just as good.”

There will be a showcase of various PAT tested electrical items including TVs, radios and game consoles on December 1 at Albert Road, with all proceeds donated to St. Peters Hospice.

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