As a busy mother, sometimes it takes too much time to even run to the closest supermarket to get the milk for our children’s morning cereal.
However, do you know exactly what went into producing that jug of milk? What resources and ingredients were used? If you knew―and didn’t like the answer―would you have consider buying a better alternative?
A mother’s harried schedule rarely leaves her time to think about all the details that went into the products she buys for her family. However, a lot more is at stake than just a potentially disgruntled family if a product isn’t delivered.
A lot of resources are used to produce goods, even more when those goods need to travel long distances to get to their final destination. Transportation costs are an obvious detriment to the environment, but did you know distantly-produced goods also negatively affect local communities?
To put it in perspective, only 33.6% of the revenue from national chains is reinvested back into the local community in which they are located, as opposed to a 64.8% return from local business?
Local businesses use far fewer resources and deliver fresh products. Furthermore, they invest much more than national chains into local economies, so the money you spend goes to the enrichment of your family’s life, instead of disappearing into the pockets of big corporations.
Why does this matter? Because our families’ welfare depends on our local communities. Small businesses pay local taxes, and those go to our children’s schools, recreational programs, and local dog parks. Thus, it is in our best interest as mothers to support our hometowns and help keep local businesses afloat.
To further demonstrate why buying local is best for our families, here is an infographic outlining all the benefits of buying locally. Hopefully it will shed light on the benefits of buying local good versus distantly-produced goods from big-box chains.
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About the Author:
Adria Saracino is the Blogging Coordinator at eLocal.com, a network of sites that helps consumers find local businesses. From professionals such as lawyers to trade experts like plumbers, roofers, and electricians, let eLocal help you find a business in your neighborhood.