Making one small change at a time can make becoming eco friendly loads easier. Lots of small changes add up to a big difference.
But. In my town we have a lovely market, an independent greengrocers, a health food shop, excellent chippies and takeaways and a couple of nice pubs a short walk away. We just discovered a new comic book/board game stall on the market that's going to host our town's first comicon in December, and there's a nice looking new cafe too.
Nobody knows what's going to happen in the future, but I think we might all have less money to go around. I'd rather invest the money I have in local businesses and the things I want to have in my local town, than give my pennies to a big multinationals.
Loads of studies have shown that more money stays in your community when you spend with local businesses. And there are lots of other benefits too, like being able to buy unwrapped (i.e. plastic free) fruit and veg, saving Co2 and travel costs by avoiding out of town superstores, sustaining and creating local jobs and keeping local businesses and services in small town centres.
I want my town to be a vibrant, happy community, and I plan on voting with my money to try to help that happen.
Do you shop local? What are your favorite local shops?
Don't forget to check out my other small changes to help you live a greener life!