Give Back Friday instead of Black Friday

Give Back Friday

We are not having a Black Friday sale this year. This year, we are celebrating Give Back Friday. We are shifting the focus of Black Friday from just buying things to giving back to those in need.

Lindsey in the Bahamas

As you may know, the very idea for Plaine Products was born in the Bahamas. Our CEO Lindsey spent a decade living and working there. On the beaches, in the waterways and on the road she began to see single-use plastic. This inspired her to start reducing plastic in her own life. Eventually she launched Plaine Products with her sister to help others do the same.

The destruction from Hurricane Dorian on her former home island earlier this year was heartbreaking. So this year, instead of a Black Friday sale, we are donating 10% of proceeds from every purchase made from Black Friday through Giving Tuesday to a nonprofit in the Bahamas – Friends of the Environment.

More about Friends of the Environment

Friends of the Environment exists to preserve the environment of Abaco, The Bahamas through education, conservation, and research facilitation. Their education efforts include cleanups, plastic pollution education and support of the 2020 Ban on Single-Use Plastic in The Bahamas.

FRIENDS is now also focused on safe and sustainable recovery and rebuilding efforts on the island of Abaco.  For example, some people are burning debris from the damaged houses. The treated lumber used in home building is highly toxic. FRIENDS is trying to make sure the debris gets removed in a safe manner and to help educate people about the hazards of a quick fix.

A recent update from FRIENDS:

Dorian has finally left our shores, but its effects remain. While the tasks ahead of our island community are daunting, amidst the challenges of getting by in daily life we are positive that the resilience of our residents and the support of our networks will see us through. In the middle of it all, we can not forget our environment – the jewel that supports our economy and way of life. These next stages of cleaning, rebuilding, and restoration are key. We choose to see the silver lining in the opportunity we’ve been given to incorporate more sustainable development practices in the future of Abaco.

We hope you will join us in supporting FRIENDS and their recovery efforts with your Black Friday purchases!

Plaine Products Gives Back Year Round

Beyond the holiday shopping season, Plaine Products supports ongoing charitable giving by partnering with non-profit organizations with similar missions to ours. Additionally, we’re members of 1% For The Planet. That membership means we donate at least one percentage of our annual sales to support to non-profit groups with an environmental focus. In 2019 those groups were 5 Gyres, Plastic Ocean Project and the Straws Film Educational Project. All of these groups support our mission to eliminate single-use plastics.

 

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