The Ethical Choice- Show Love: Buy Local, Shop Small
When you buy out-of-season produce, e.g. raspberries or strawberries in December, your eco-credentials become lower. The same applies to purchasing any food product that has been flown from outside your country or is wrapped in layers of (unnecessary) plastic. By shopping locally, and independently, (bakers, farm shops, green grocers…) it is less likely that the produce has travelled an unthinkable distance in order to get onto your plate. Not only does this support local farmers, but the produce will be wrapped in less (or even no) packaging and is fresher. The same applies to non-food goods and services.
This is just one positive, others include:
It is often possible to try before you buy!
It may be cheaper
Advice can be sought if required
It helps build your community, get social!
It support local businesses and entrepreneurs
Independent shops often sell unique and unusual products
If, like me, often purchase beautiful yarns for knitting, crochet or even weaving, one small change you can make to reduce your carbon footprint is to #BuyLocal. We are not short of amazing yarn mills, spinners and/or even hand dyers in the UK – look out for them in your local shops or support them via their websites!
As you are looking through the below, PLEASE let me know if I have missed any and I will add them!