Buy Local this Holiday

Shop local, shop green

Buy Local this Holiday
This week we enter the biggest shopping time of the year. Questions we should ask ourselves are: How can we keep dollars in our own communities? What purchasing choices are the best for the health of our families, friends and our planet?
Every holiday season I start with a goal of purchasing USA/Minnesota made products and putting my dollars into companies that match my values for fair wages and good working conditions.
This week I was thrilled at how much local produce I could find at my local coop, and shopped a local craft fair where I purchased items made from recycled and upcycled Minnesota/USA products which put me on track to reach my “Buy local” goals.
These are my suggestions to buy local:
1. Always read all product labels and become aware of where your purchases are coming from. Ask if they are not labeled. It must say “made” not distributed by!
2. Shop craft fairs and your local stores. Let businesses know you are looking for products made in this country or state, and demand they offer you choices. At our house we do not shop “Big Box” and try to patronize businesses that pay a living wage.
3. Shop your own home. What do you have that you can reuse? Remember grandma, and how she did things. Reuse, Reuse Reuse and Reduce-Cut back on the new items and use items in the back of your closet.
Have a wonderful healthy holiday!

http://www.mn2020hindsight.org/view/black-friday-with-a-conscience-buy-local-be-socially-responsible

http://www.ethicalocean.com/black-friday-cyber-monday?utm_source=Ethical+Ocean+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=18dc4326ac-All_All_All_Mktg_Email_172_Black_Friday_Start&utm_medium=email

http://earth911.com/news/2009/11/16/5-steps-to-an-eco-black-friday/

http://madeinusaforever.com/

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