One thing is for sure, everyone loves a great deal. And now more than ever, people are shopping online looking for just that – discounted products and services.
It’s no surprise Internet flash sale and group coupon sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Gilt Goupe are growing in popularity. The companies use group buying power to provide big discounts on everything from restaurants to hotels to clothing. The Web sites give registered users, or “members”, different deals every week in their surrounding areas. Some discounts can offer upwards of 90% off, but 50% is more common. The deals usually change daily and are offered for 24 to 72 hours, depending on the site.
Five years ago finding great deals on eco-friendly products like natural cosmetics, toxin-free baby gifts or ethically sourced clothing was difficult. But now, for those who are eco-minded or are part of the natural and organic trend can find great deals on “green” flash sale Web sites.
Here are some great options to find discounts on daily “green” deals near you.
Blissmo offers organic and eco-friendly daily deals to a national audience. With the slogan “buy good. feel great”, they provide discounts up to 70% off and work to cut through the “green washing” that is so prevalent in the eco-friendly product industry. The deals they provide are for products or services that are either certified as organic or eco-friendly, or that have a “people & planet positive approach in the DNA of the business.”
Pure Citizen is a flash sale site that features 3-day sales of products or services from fair trade, organic, and otherwise ethically minded companies. One cool aspect that stands out is that Pure Citizen allows customers to choose to save less and donate that money to a featured non-profit. All companies whose products are on sale “make a difference”, according to Pure Citizen, by “providing employment and job training for the underprivileged, building wells, reducing global pesticide use, saving children from slavery, rescuing women from prostitution, creating healthier products, or that they are overall committed to making the world a better place.”
JP Selects, launched in June 2011, is a member’s only e-commerce platform for selective socially conscious and eco-friendly products. It is different from the other flash sale sites in that after a brand’s 72 hour introductory promotional price, their products remain available in the JP Select Online Shop. A percentage of the sales go to JP Selects co-founder John Paul DeJoria’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation which supports humanitarian efforts worldwide, as well as to the Grow Appalachia hunger initiative.
LovingEco recently launched in June, 2011. It is a flash sale site that specializes in offering eco-friendly products at exclusive price points (up to 70% off retail). The limited-time and brand-specific sale events are offered only to members. Sales posted on the site are for eco-friendly, fair trade and natural products in fashion and accessories, beauty and products for moms, babies and kids. Each sale is on a first-come first-serve basis, and 3% of net proceeds from each purchase is donated to the current ‘tastemaker charity’ to help support a social or environmental cause.
ethicalDeal offers people daily deals from local green companies in North America. Discounts on products and services range from 50-90%. ethicalDeal labels themselves as “part green city guide, part green deal site, part green action network” which aims to help you discover the best green stuff to do, see and buy in your city, at exclusive discounts.
Green Box Top is a group coupon site that offers discounts from 40% to 90% on “green” products and services in San Francisco, Denver, Oregon and nationwide (online stores only). A percentage of each sale is donated to non-profits and charities aligned with the company’s mission. Member’s can nominate and vote for different organizations they want to have as the donation beneficiaries.
Launched in January 2011, Green Deals offers daily discounts and deals from local and national green online businesses that are Green America approved. Green America is a non-profit organization that works to promote a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. A new deal or discount is offered every 24-48 hours for a product or service from a company that they ensure has deep commitments to social and environmental responsibility in their policies, practices and products.