Monday, December 29, 2008

Green Shopping Helps Everyone

How can you give everyone in your town a meaningful gift all at once? Eliminate the hassle of shopping for 3,000 of your nearby neighbors? Just do one simple thing (which yields green results!)

Buy everything you need from a locally owned business. That will do the trick and here's why, according to Stacy Mitchell author of Big Box Swindle:

"Of every $100 spent in a chain store, $14 goes back into the local economy...for a locally owned business, $45 goes back!"

Wow! This gives new meaning to being "Green:" good for the earth, your carbon footprint and your community's economy. It inspired me to post this while reading yesterday's USA Weekend insert in the Lompoc Record. Page 16.

Where to start? Here's a link to a "shop Lompoc" site to help you find the locally owned stores which stock what you may want in my neighborhood. To find where to buy locally in your town, search Google for the phrase "shop (your town)" and have a good, green time.

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