Buying From Small Businesses
often far easier to run down to a big box store, and do the weekly
shopping. However, the experience is often dull,
and not personal.
In a recession economy, it's more important than
ever to purchase goods from small business.
businesses typically operate out of their home, produce their
own items locally, and generally have a smaller footprint
on the earth. By consciously purchasing products from the little
guys, you acting locally, yet thinking globally.
also taking a stand against large behemoth ' big box' industry
that swallows mom and pop shops for breakfast. I like
to use Starbucks as an example (sorry Starbucks, but this is the
you remember your town before a Starbucks came in? There were
many coffee shops, each with their quirkiness. Starbucks is now
on every corner and even inside grocery stores. The smaller coffee
houses are now long gone, squeezed out from the 'uber cool' Starbuck's
appeal - drawing in millions to drink overpriced, over-sugared
coffee. Sure the baristas are friendly enough, but they have a
coffee, get you out. Get you coffee, get you out. The experience
is impersonal, and the coffee is often subpar, unless you get a
sugar infused concoction which is just glorifed 'adult ice-cream.'
goods from small businesses is a personal experience. You often
will deal with the owner directly, and if you have questions,
receive ample information on the products you are buying.
example, buying handmade soap, from the artisan is a liberating
experience. Not only will know exactly what's going into the
product, but you know that the hand-crafted product was lovingly
created. This soap is someone's livelihood, and a simple bar
of soap takes
on a whole new meaning.
ordering a custom skirt from a seamstress for summer, is almost
like waiting for the season
itself to roll in. You anticipate it, you visualize it, and
once it comes you can't wait to put it on and enjoy it. Buying
clothing from a big chain store does not create the same type
a mom-to-be rather have some plastic toys from Babies-R- Us,
or a beautifully wrapped colorful set of eco-friendly, all natural
handmade soft toys. The act itself says that you want a young
child to have a healthy enivornment in the future, and the mom
will be appreciative that you cared enough to think of that.
has been promoting and encouraging small business since 1997.
If you would like to participate in
the Online Small Business Movement, please take a look at the Eco
Friendly Directory next time you are in the market for a
hat, or body products, gifts,
or even building materials. It does take a little planning, however
we promise that the experience will be much more rewarding than
buying products from a big box store, and you can often find
the same, if not cheaper prices by purchasing items direct. For
current coupon specials with Eco-Businesses, please check here.