Black Friday & It’s History

Black Friday is called that because it is the day retailers go “in the black” in the profit column, right?  Well, actually the first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was applied to a financial crisis on September 24, 1869.  The crash of the U.S. gold market caused by two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, who worked together to buy up as much gold as they could hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits.  On that Friday, the conspiracy unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.

While there are many rumored stories of Black Friday, the one that took root in retail and evolved into a more positive event involves the city of Philadelphia and the big Army-Navy football game.  You can read all about this game, and how it came to be here.

Sustainable Shopping- “GoodGuide”

It is that time, we’re coming into the #1 shopping season of the year here in United States.  So, what happens if you want to purchase products that were truly healthy, sustainable and oriented for the common good, then how about heading to “GoodGuide” (goodguide.com). Dara O’Rourke started “GoodGuide” in 2009 after pondering the chemical make-up of children’s sunscreen (which turned out to be not so good).  His app and web-based platforms use over 1500 scientific sources to rate the health and environmental impacts of everything from shoes to shampoo, to crackers and cleaning supplies.  You can read more about O’Rourke and what changes he’s seen in the past decade since starting “GoodGuide”.  http://www.zipcar.com/ziptopia/future-metropolis/goodguide.

 

Searching GoodGuide.com is a snap.  They do a great job of explaining their rating system and even highlight some of the most commonly “chemically laden” items for you to search. If you are not looking for a rating but instead a similar item you can also find suitable alternatives for items on the site. I searched the hand sanitizer, deodorant and soap I use, and they all camel up with mixed results. Puts an entirely new face on “Black Friday” and big box shopping doesn’t it? And if you are interested in using the guide more, here is a link to their actual website: http://www.goodguide.com/

Let us know what you think, or if you are already using this guide tell us what you like!!