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Greening the Holidays Starts...Now!

November 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers.  One of the coolest ideas to come along for the holiday season (and a good excuse to stay home from crazy shopping this Friday) is Small Business Saturday on November 29.  American Express gets a lot of credit for initiating it in 2010 to encourage people to patronize their locally owned and operated small businesses.  It has grown into a movement and each year, has grown, well, bigger!
Check out the site for links to businesses in your area and look for signs and ads promoting the opportunity to spend some “green” in your neighborhood.  This past week, an article in USA Today by Rhonda Abrams offers ten reasons to support shopping local.  One reason is that of $100 spent in a local business, $68 stays in the local community supporting schools, police, roads, jobs, and other improvements.  Contrast that with a big box branch store at $43 and virtually no dollars added to the tax base from shopping online, which incurs shipping miles and added energy expended.  And according to Sustainable Connections, “Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.” Read more.

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