Buying Local and Feeling Good

I think ‘buying local’ has become one of those things that we hear so often that we forget what it really means.

Buying local to me means supporting the businesses that are physically closest to me.  And by doing that I am not only supporting my friends and neighbours I have the added bonus of reducing the environmental impact purely because I don’t have to travel far to get it.

To Feel  Good though I want to go further than that.  By buying local I am supporting my community which, hopefully, in turn supports me.  In addition to that I want to Feel Good.  So if that business is also paying fair wages and doing the right thing by the planet then that is definitely a bonus.

Sometimes it gets a bit over whelming with all the information that is coming at us and all the fine print on labels, but it doesn’t have to be.  Choose a product or a brand each week or month and research it.   There are also a number of good resources (although they are not exhaustive) such as:

–          http://foodsouthaustralia.com.au/directory/products/

–          http://www.australianmade.com.au/products/

–          http://www.ausbuy.com.au/

An easy way to make sure that your fresh produce is local is to visit a farmers/produce market.  If you haven’t been to a market for a while maybe now is the time.  If you are in Adelaide there are some great markets that have grown over the last couple of years.

–          http://www.organiccornerstore.com.au/

–          https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Market-Shed-on-Holland/665281516833656

–          http://www.flindersstreetmarket.com/

I’m the first to admit that I don’t buy 100% locally made food and products.  Sometimes it doesn’t exist locally and sometimes I just want the other product.  But, I do my best to make informed choices and choose local when I can.

The fact is if we don’t want other businesses to go the way of the local car manufacturing industry then we have to support local business. And by default that will support you.