Independent, contemporary art shop National Park Print Shop is shunning Black Friday this year to help clean up the Lake District National Park by picking litter. Instead of offering discounts, the Windermere-based shop will pick 1lb of litter for every order placed in their online store nationalparkprintshop.com over the Black Friday weekend. By helping keep the Lake District beautiful and litter-free the Black Bin Bag Friday campaign aims to stand up for small, local businesses and highlight the unsustainability of mass consumerism.
“As a local, independent business we can’t compete with the massive discounts that big brands throw at us for Black Friday, but we can compete by giving back to our local community,” says National Park Print Shop owner Ian Battersby. “By picking litter for every order made at our online store we can make a real difference to our local environment, making the Lake District a more beautiful place for everyone. Black Bin Bag Friday is our version of Black Friday, but better.”
Shoppers at National Park Print Shop’s Windermere store and studio can also get involved with the campaign. Says National Park Print Shop owner Ian Battersby: “For anyone who would like to help us clean up the Lake District, come into our Windermere store over the Black Friday weekend and borrow a litter picker and bin bag. We will be handing out ‘Leave It Better That You Found It’ stickers as a thank you and as a way to encourage everyone to keep our national park tidy.”
National Park Print Shop is an independent art shop and studio based in Windermere specialising in affordable, contemporary prints with an outdoors twist. Says Ian Battersby: “We love getting out on the fells and swimming in lakes and tarns. Time spent in the outdoors is vital for our physical and mental well-being so it is important that we look after our natural environment. We are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and litter doesn’t just make our national park look untidy it can damage vulnerable habitats and endanger wildlife. We live by the ethos ‘Leave It Better Than You Found It’ and through the Black Bin Bag Friday campaign we hope to make a real difference to the Lake District. Even one bag of litter removed from the national park is a positive step!”
The Black Bin Bag Friday campaign will run from Friday 24/11/23 to Monday 27/11/23. National Park Print Shop will pick 1lb of litter for every order placed at nationalparkprintshop.com. Litter pickers and collection bags will be available from the National Park Print Shop in Windermere over the Black Friday weekend.