We all know about the economic benefits of shopping locally – creating local jobs, supporting the community, etc. But there are numerous environmental benefits, too.
When you buy from a large chain, the items are often made far outside of your community, sometimes even halfway across the world. That means an enormous amount of resources goes into getting it on the shelves of your local store. And since chain stores have to diversify their product offerings, they usually operate in very large spaces. That means consuming more energy on-site, as well as the fuel it takes to reach them since large stores are rarely located in convenient central locations.
Whether you’re looking to support local businesses for economic or environmental reasons – or both! – let us steer you in the right direction.
Great Lakes Area
If you’re looking for unique, locally-made candles, gifts and treats, Bee Kind is the spot. The store’s motto – “shop local, think sustainable” – says it all.
This family-owned business proudly calls itself a “grain to glass farm distillery.” They ferment, distill, bottle and sell handcrafted spirits made from local ingredients. We’ll raise a glass to that!
The fashion industry is famously unsustainable, accounting for a full 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. EcoChic Boutique offers a full range of high quality, hand-curated consignment clothing and accessories so you can look great while being “ecologically conscious and economically savvy.”
Grand Canyon Area
This unique spot offers antiques, road relics and Route 66 memorabilia. It’s located on historic Route 66 – where else? – and it’s also veteran-owned.
If you’re looking for an eclectic assortment of products to help little ones learn and play, you’ll find it at this Old Town Scottsdale shop. Everything they sell is chosen by their “team of moms” so you can feel good about whatever you buy.
This family-owned Tucson spot serves up creative roasts – with a side of “passion for a good cup of coffee.”
Many of us are trying to live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. We’ve got glass water bottles, reusable shopping bags and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. We diligently put out the recycling bin and try to combine errands into fewer car trips. But one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to reduce impact on the environment is right under our noses: shopping local!