Strengthen your community and the economy with a “buy local” mentality.
There have never been more reasons to support local businesses than there are today. Buying local not only helps you feel more connected to your community, but it can also help it thrive. We believe that a strong community is essential for improving the economy and taking care of the planet. Consider these five reasons to buy local today:
1.Reduces transportation emissions
2.Strengthens the local economy
3.Reaps tax benefits
4.Creates community connections
5.Helps you know where your products come from
Keep reading to learn more about each of these benefits to buying local.
1. Reduces transportation emissions
Buying local can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. As opposed to large big-box stores that require most people to drive several miles to get there, local businesses are generally nestled in neighborhoods where the travel distance is shorter – and car emissions are less. In some areas, residents can even walk or bike to many of their favorite stops. Even if they drive or use public transportation, it isn’t very far. And if your neighborhood store sources its supplies locally, it can further reduce emissions from transporting goods around the country or globe.
2. Strengthens the local economy
Every dollar spent at an independent business returns three times more money to your local economy than one dollar spent at chain stores. According to one analysis, if people in a community shift just 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $235 million per year to the community’s economy. Buying local also helps ensure that independent companies continue to succeed, leading to more local job opportunities.
3. Reaps tax benefits
Another reason to buy locally is because of the opportunity to reap tax benefits. Many local businesses are centrally located and make more efficient land use than larger box stores, which puts less demand on roads, sewers, and safety services. Choosing to support independent businesses in your area can also help generate more tax revenue that can be allocated to subsidize local programs that benefit the community.
4. Creates community connections
Buying local has the power to create community connections. Through your local support and patronage, you can engage with people in your community at a deeper level. We’re especially passionate about the Buy Local movement because every product purchased from us and other local Madison-area companies can have a direct impact on our neighbors in need – from feeding their families, paying their bills, and keeping a roof over their heads.
5. Helps you know where your products come from
Do you know how your products are made or where they come from? If you don’t, you could be exposing your body, home or loved ones to dangerous chemicals or other hazards from products with unknown origins. By buying local, you can elicit peace of mind that comes with the ability to understand more about the items you and your family consume.
These reasons to buy local highlight the importance of supporting our Madison-area community while benefiting yourself and the environment in the process. Find more office sustainability, productivity and work-life balance tips on our blog.
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If you’re not yet an EZ Office Products customer, call our local customer concierge to set up your business account at (608) 310-4300 today.