I’m a passionate advocate for shopping local and think it’s particularly important at Christmas when you get to shop a lot.
Shopping local doesn’t mean just handmade it means knowing where things come from – supporting local businesses who then send their money back through your community. Shopping local means you can draw on shopkeepers’ expertise, shop close by and support other people trying to do good things.
When you’re shopping online know where your products are coming from. It’s easy to get hooked into Amazon or big corporates because they’re cheap and easy but those places often don’t have great staff practices, which means someone else is suffering for your purchase. Also, do the maths – if you’re buying a t-shirt for $5 then the shop probably bought it for $2.50 wholesale. It probably cost $1 to make so how much is the person who made it being paid?
There’s a great article in this month’s Good magazine about just that issue – it focuses on kids toys.
Shopping local is about choice, not money. Above all just do the best you can.