REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL

“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”  – Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.

SUPPORTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Most people are conscious about their environmental impact nowadays, whether they are trying to limit their single-use plastic, or avoiding driving when they can. Buying from local South African vendors means the product has less travel time from the manufacturer. Forbes reports that shipping alone makes up three percent of all emissions and 10 percent of transport-related emissions.

CREATING JOBS

Shopping for local products fuels an increased demand for jobs. Local businesses often provide a large number of jobs to their communities. As each business grows from your support, so will the employment opportunities and local economy. Creating more job opportunities could also positively affect delivery times, especially compared to buying international brands.

KEEPING MONEY IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY

When you buy local, it stays local. More jobs will be created in your town, the community will prosper, and people will be more connected than ever to their own town. Your money helps businesses local to you, as well as your neighbors

NON PROFITS RECEIVE GREATER SUPPORT

Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners. Studies show, non-profits receive as much as 350% more money from local shops than non-locally owned businesses. Visit https://sesli.co.za/donations/ to find out more about Sesli’s donation blankets and how you can contribute

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

The great thing about local businesses is that they’re run by people, not boards or stockholders, and you will likely get to know them. You will notice that customer service is everything to the local business owner – and they understand that this is what will keep their customers coming back.  

QUALITY GUARANTEED

Local shops and businesses may not always be able to compete with larger chain stores and brands in terms of advertising. However, local businesses are more likely to focus on the quality of things they sell, so they know that you and your loved ones are receiving something premium, special and made to last. 

As you can see, shopping locally invests in your community and reduces environmental impact; although there are countless more. You could discover some great products and services while helping to build a strong and successful community around you.

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