I will whenever possible buy the goods and services I need from a local business. FACT: We all like to buy stuff online but Amazon alone generated 465 million pounds of fossil based plastic packaging waste in 2019 enough to circle the Earth 500 times (in the form of plastic air pillows) Source
Lockdowns have accelerated the move to online shopping, with global e-commerce sales expected to more than double by 2022.
While online shopping is convenient, it requires an army of centralized warehouses, planes, delivery trucks, and packaging that wreaks havoc on the environment.
According to a recent report released by Oceana, Amazon alone generated 465 million pounds of fossil based plastic packaging waste in 2019 enough to circle the Earth 500 times (in the form of plastic air pillows)
When you shop locally you lower the carbon footprint of the goods you purchase by reducing the transport and packaging they require. When you make a purchase, from a local independent retailer, the money you spend stays in your community and supports local families. When you “shop local” you also embrace what makes your community unique.
Many restaurants are offering delivery and pickup but check for delivery options at places other than restaurants. Your local produce vendor, hardware, toy store, flower shop, bookstore or clothing boutique may not have their usual storefront, but many are providing delivery or curbside pickup.
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