Did you know it’s small business Saturday today? Because of that today I’ve decided to share with you my 6 surprising benefits of shopping locally… some you may already know about but some you might never have even realised!
Buying locally uses less plastic
Not only do small local businesses tend to use less packaging to keep their prices as low as they possible but plastic is used to protect and preserve products, which can make them cheaper to transport and last longer – and so cheaper for consumers. Local businesses don’t need to do that; most eateries bake/make fresh goods daily, greengrocers don’t package up their fresh vegetables and cafe’s reuse mugs/cups etc (just to name a few!).
Your money will go back into the local economy
Shopping locally will support your community. Indirectly your money will be going back into the local economy when you shop and will keep local producers in business.
Create local jobs
If a business is busy & making money then chances are they will soon need to invest some of that money into staff. These jobs will be taken by people locally.
You get better food
I don’t tend to buy much fruit from supermarkets anymore and spend £6/week on fruit and veg locally instead. Last month I noticed my local greengrocers didn’t have any swede out on display. I asked the lady behind the counter and she said they weren’t in season. My first thought was ‘but Asda have them in year round’ and then it got me thinking.
Why DO Asda have them in year round and HOW do they have them in year round if they’re not actually in season? Buying foods locally, for example from a greengrocers, will mean they stock what are actually in season; what are ripe & ready to eat. They won’t sell produce that has been preserved for months before from mass farming tactics or vegetables that aren’t as fresh or rather have the correct amount of vitamins in them that they should because they’ve been harvested a season too early.
You get a better shopping experience
You cannot beat the personal touch of a local business owner who knows the area, knows you and knows the majority of their customers that come through the door by their first name.
Local business support local charities
There are a lot of local businesses that support specific local charities. When you spend money in their stores you too maybe encouraged to pop your change in the charity box on the counter or notice a sponsor form for Dave to get his head shaved.
So the next time you pass your nearest fruit shop, bakery or haberdashery make it your aim that the next time you need something you head straight there.
Thanks for reading!