Buying locally helps the environment by
reducing your product miles. By shopping locally, you are purchasing goods
produced in your local community. Local produce doesn’t create large carbon
footprints through overseas plane travel or long road trips. This cuts down on
fuel consumption and air pollution. Plus, there is no need for shipping
facilities, packing facilities or refrigeration.
Buying locally also means produce is fresher. Many local producers pride themselves on keeping their product organic, hormone free and pesticide free. Not only is this beneficial to the consumer, it’s also beneficial to the environment. Keeping harmful toxins, like pesticides, out of the air helps to improve crops and air quality. In addition, because the produce is fresh, there is less waste. Many large retailers have significant food waste due to items going bad before they are bought. On a smaller scale with a more direct farm to table approach, this food waste is cut down.
Janie and her florist business were featured on the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden on Thursday 30th May. She got to show off her garden to Carole Baxter and the film crew and put together a floral piece (that anyone could do at home) for the programme. I’m super excited for Janie and it’s fab to see her new business doing so well.
Businesses like Janie’s are
at the forefront of the ‘buying locally’ movement. Buying locally is
becoming more and more important. Consumers love to know where their products
are coming from and to support local businesses.