The expanding world of local businesses offers opportunities for discovering incredible new products with closer links to your local and national community. Now more than ever, we should all be trying to shop locally. The benefits of supporting more local businesses extend beyond the high-quality range products available - when shopping at home you can support your local community, choose to buy sustainable products, and reduce your overall carbon footprint.
Why should we be supporting our local communities?
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, local businesses have been restricted, and in many cases forced to shut for extended periods of time. Many people have returned to shopping from big global brands such as Amazon in an attempt to save money, but this is damaging smaller business who contribute more to your communities. Local businesses are more likely to hire local people and connect with other local businesses. At Crann, we pride ourselves in partnering with Irish delivery couriers from companies that help build local communities in a way that big global brands do not.
Why should we purchase more sustainable products?
Sales through large global companies such as Amazon have soared over the past few months. This means that there have been increasing numbers of unsustainable products produced, hugely increasing pollution levels as a result, and impacting the world for years to come. Choosing to shop at companies with a strong focus on sustainability will help to prevent this increase in unsustainable purchases from continuing. There are many local companies to choose from when shopping sustainably. At Crann, we use 100% recycled and sustainable materials to create stylish and durable products that do not have the same negative impact on the environment as other major companies.
How does shopping near home help to reduce your carbon footprint?
There are many ways in which shopping more locally can help reduce your carbon footprint. When shopping near home, you are hugely reducing the distance that the products you buy have to travel. This will eliminate the impact that your purchases will have as a result of shipping or delivery via air. There will also be less travel involved in the assembling of products - many global companies source their materials from various areas across the world. Local companies, especially those who have a clear focus on sustainability, will not exacerbate their carbon output in this way.
By buying local and sustainable products, you support companies in creating a brighter, cleaner future.