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Black Friday's Price: 1.75 planets required

Before the holiday season, it's crucial to reflect on our habits, particularly those that contribute to the ever-growing environmental crisis. One such tradition that has come to our attention is Black Friday, notorious for its impact on both consumer wallets and the planet.

According to recent statistics, the volume of household waste in the United States surges by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year's, with a significant share traced back to the frenzy of Black Friday shopping.

The ecological toll of our consumption habits is alarming. Today, we require approximately 1.75 planets to sustain the resources demanded by our insatiable consumerism and to absorb the waste we generate. Shockingly, projections estimate that by 2030, we will need a staggering two entire planets to meet our voracious appetite for goods.

It's time to reconsider our priorities and take a step back to basics. Instead of falling into the allure of discounted products that often end up as clutter, let's embrace the simplicity and beauty of nature – a free and abundant source of joy.

Imagine, a deep breath of fresh air, a stroll through a park, or simply appreciating the wonders that the natural world has to offer.

We propose a mantra for change: "Less shopping, Less chopping, More breathing!"

We want to encourage ourselves to reassess the value we place on material possessions and reconnect with the Earth. Nature offers us immeasurable wealth in its serenity, beauty, and life-giving air – commodities far more valuable than the latest gadget or fashion trend.

So, as you contemplate your Black Friday purchases, ask yourself: Do you really need what you're buying? Is the temporary thrill of a discounted item worth the long-term consequences for our planet?

In the grand scheme of things, what's your priority – breathing or buying?

This holiday season, let's make choices that align with the well-being of our planet and prioritize the intangible, yet priceless, treasures that nature provides. After all, the most fulfilling experiences often come from the simplicity of enjoying the world around us.