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#14 Supporting Local Businesses

#14 Support Local Business

In an era of online consumption and big box stores, supporting small businesses in your community – can benefit the environment greatly.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) reports industrial pollution is responsible for almost 50% of the pollution present in the United States. Shopping locally reduces processing, packaging and transportation waste – leading to less pollution. 

Shopping local supports your community. 

People’s purchasing power directly correlates to the community environment. When we support our local businesses; it creates jobs, increases local goods and services, as well as brings the community together. Locally owned businesses aid in building strong communities in areas such as; sustaining town centers, linking neighbors through economic and social relationships – along with contributing to local causes.  

This is what shopping local looks like:

  • Shopping locally generates 3.5 times more wealth for the local economy – than big box and chain stores.
  • Local shops produce a net annual return to the community of 326 dollars per square foot – as big box store produce a net annual deficit of 468 dollar per square foot.
  • Local eateries return nearly 79% of revenues to the community – compared to just over 30%  for chain restaurants.
  • Local businesses generate 70% more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail.
  • 11 billion gallons of gasoline are used annually to transport goods.
  • International shipping results in 1 billion metric tons of CO2 being released annually.
  • Studies show that not for profits receive 250% more support from small businesses than large box stores.
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How can I make an impact:

Tier 1: Global Goodness

  • Support local artists and craftsmen. Jewelry, woodwork, and other products – all can be custom made for you by a local artisan. 
  • Eat Local. Support small family owned restaurants over large chains.
  • Buy produce and fresh foods from local farmers market or small mom-n-pop grocery stores.

Tier 2: Planet Protector

  • All of Tier 1
  • Reduce your online ordering. Ask yourself – “do I really need it?” Or, is the ease of online ordering causing mindless overconsumption?  
  • Grow your own garden – or lobby your local community to build a community garden. 
  • Research products that are made in your community before shopping at big box stores.

Tier 3: Earth Angel

  • All of Tier 1 & 2
  • Ask your grocery stores to source more local products.
  • Make it yourself. Be resourceful and creative – try repurposing items in your own home.
  • Be mindful of how you want your community to grow. Did you know that shopping locally increases your property value? Vibrant shopping neighborhoods are great selling points for homes.   

Facts References:

The Benefits of Buying Locally

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