We at iSHOP Abbotsford believe that purchasing locally can help you reduce your carbon footprint. We want to take a closer look at why shopping locally is so vital. Here are some of the reasons why we support the “Shop Local” movement, from reducing your environmental effect to investing in Abbotsford.
1. It helps you to lower your carbon footprint. One of the most important reasons to shop locally is to lessen your environmental impact. Locally held enterprises tend to make more local purchases, necessitating less travel. They also choose to set up shop in town or city centers, resulting in reduced sprawl, traffic, and habitat degradation.
2. It contributes to the well-being of your community. You are directly contributing to your local community by shopping locally. Your money will directly benefit your hamlet, town, suburb, or city, allowing it to flourish. Otherwise, you’ll most likely be supporting a large chain or conglomerate, which will hurt small businesses.
3. It produces jobs in the community. You are helping your local economy by creating more jobs by supporting local companies. Even small businesses require enough hands to assist them to sell their products and services, which is why the more we support them, the more employment will be created and our local communities will be better off.
4. It’s a more personal experience. Another advantage of small businesses is that they are operated by individuals, not boards or stockholders, and you will likely get to know the people who run them. Often, these people, such as family-run store owners, will have intriguing anecdotes to tell about how their stores came to be and about the neighborhood you live in. A chain can’t equal this level of personalization.
5. You receive excellent client service. Following up on the last point, you’ll discover that smaller, local businesses provide considerably superior customer service. Customer service is extremely important to store owners and their families, especially when interacting directly with them. This is what will keep their customers coming back for more. In general, employees who work for larger chains are less invested in the company and hence do not provide the same level of customer service.
6. You’re donating to non-profits in your community. Shopping locally helps to boost the number of local donations because many local companies support local not-for-profits and charities that are relevant to that area. Larger corporations and chains, of course, fund charities, but if you prefer to support local non-profits and charities, your best choice is to shop at your neighborhood store.
7. You’re promoting creativity. Local firms are frequently creative and innovative hotbeds. After all, they only exist because someone, or a group of people, came up with the notion. Take a peek at the café and coffee industry. There’s always a new local hotspot trying to do something unusual, and these ideas should not be overlooked.
You never know, your neighborhood store might be managed by someone on the verge of developing the Next Big Thing. By assisting them, you are assisting their creativity and ingenuity.
8. They’re usually within walking distance. Another way that shopping locally reduces your carbon footprint is that these types of stores are frequently within walking distance. To reduce the pollution produced by your automobile, leave it at home and ride your bike or take a leisurely stroll to your neighborhood store.
9. It encourages individuals to be unique. Independent enterprises provide much-needed distinctiveness in a world where large chains are homogenizing communities. Shopping locally encourages uniqueness and revitalizes communities that have been dominated by generic and commodified businesses.
10. It contributes to the formation of your community’s identity. Finally, one of the most compelling reasons to shop locally is that it contributes to the development of your community’s identity. A town, suburb, or city street with a variety of unique and lively shops can produce a more appealing look that will appeal to both locals and tourists.