Monday, April 22, 2013

Save Our Environment ~ Shop Local!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
 ~ Margaret Mead

April is Earth Month. It is a time we all take stock of what we are doing and what we can do to help Save our Planet. A new or renewed focus will be placed on recycling, saving energy, and a myriad of other things to help lead us all in the right direction.

These are all worthwhile and important steps. But I believe we can accomplish these goals in another surprising Shopping Local!

Shopping Local Helps Small Business & the Environment!  "Tweet This"
When we Shop Local, we have the opportunity to make a huge impact on our environment and in our community. It is also a great way to promote Small Business.

Shopping Local uses less fuel. 
The markets and shops we visit are right in our own neighborhood. The fuel used by trucks that carry the goods from the local farmer or manufacturer is also lessened. When we buy local, we conserve that energy.

Local goods use less packaging. 
Whether it is the produce from a local farmer’s market or some other good from a neighborhood store, the packaging is often minimal when compared to nationally sold goods.

Shopping Local helps our Community.  
By frequenting local merchants, we become active and important members of our neighborhoods. We become acquainted with the owners of those businesses and they get to know us. This creates a real sense of “community” and connection.

Shopping local keeps our money “in town”. 
Money we spend at a local storefront or farmer’s market is a true reinvestment in our community. In this way we can have a real economic impact in helping support and grow local business.

In this past few years, we at API have answered the “Shop Local” call.

Once a week we like to go out for breakfast. Instead of going to the chain we used to frequent, we have now made a habit of eating in a variety of our local diners. These cafes are owned and staffed by people right in our own neighborhood. Many use local produce, bread, and other goods and services whenever possible.

We have come to know the people who work in these restaurants and often see many of our neighbors doing the same. Eating "small" and local has really created a sense of community in ourselves and given us the feeling we are helping “friends”.

We have also been more frequent customers of local barber shops, hair salons, and groceries.  

It's time we all make it a real commitment to Shop LocalThe benefits to our environment, communities, and Small Business can really make a difference!
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