One of the cornerstones of this blog has been to highlight our local talent and businesses.
As this country finds new ways to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, there is a movement back to buying local produce, sharing with neighbors and raising our own farm animals.
Now, there is a national organization Shift Your Shopping that is based on that premise:
About Shift Your Shopping’s mission:
“This campaign, representing more than 38,000 businesses across the U.S. and Canada, encourages residents to take job creation and economic concerns into their own hands by exercising their power to strengthen their own local economies.”
“The most successful entrepreneurs often do more than just operate a great businessthey are local champions who are connected to other businesses and invested in the future of their hometown.”
More from Shift Your Shopping’s homepage:
“Lets build an annual tradition that strengthens local economies, expands employment, nurtures a sense of community, and provides a more relaxed, fun, and rewarding gift-buying experience.
As customers, we are about to collectively spend a large portion of our annual shopping budget between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. If you join us in shifting those dollars to locally owned, independent businesses, well all generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in our community than if we had spent our money at a national chain. Across North America, that could mean billions of dollars of economic impact.”
Introducing our local area’s Sustainable South Sound group:
“Sustainable South Sound (SSS) is composed of a devoted group of volunteers who are committed to improving the quality of life in the South Puget Sound region.”
“We believe it is time for the Precautionary Principle to govern our decisions. Those who choose to use chemicals in manufacturing processes, lawn treatments, and agricultural applications among others, must first look for healthier alternatives or second, justify the use of the toxin to the local community. People who want to develop land need to prove to the community that their actions will improve the community as a whole.”
Read more from Sustainable South Sound.
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