While it’s great that in this day and age we have so many options available to us, and we can order products from around the world with a few clicks of a button, it’s important that we don’t forget what is available on our own doorstep.
Every dollar spent locally returns many times that amount to the local economy through things like employee wages, rates and the purchase of goods and materials.
Shopping locally is also good for the environment as it helps reduce the global carbon footprint, due to fewer goods needing to be transported across vast distances.
There are plenty of great products and services available in the local area if you look around. The local markets are a good place to start looking for local sellers or producers, and you can also look online or in local newspapers and Facebook groups to see what you can find locally too.
Remember, if you don’t use it then you’ll lose it, so support locally run businesses or we may not have them in the future.