Why Local? Everyone is talking about the benefits of buying local produce and shopping at independent boutiques like The Wagamama, but why? We want our customers to know exactly how exceptional they are, so we did some research. Here are the cold facts:
- Charitable – The money you spend locally will get put to good use. Non-profit organizations receive 250% more from small business owners than they do from large businesses. We here at The Wagamama are frequently donating to local charities and causes.
- Green – Locally sold items are being transported less distance, which means fewer emissions from planes, trains, and automobiles. Aircraft transport has greater fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions per mile than any other mode of transport, and the U.S. imports from over 150 countries, totaling $22 trillion every year.
- Greener – Locally owned stores are more likely to set up shop in town centers rather than on the fringe, which means contributing to less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollutio.
- Even Greener – The EPA has estimated that the U.S. produced 11.9 million tons of plastic packaging (like that used for shipping), and over 90% of this went to a landfill after being used just once. At The Wagamama, we use recyclable hand stamped paper packaging, and are always happy to forgo it, when you eco-conscious shoppers bring your own bag.
- Greenest – You’ll notice most of our displays and a lot of our products are made from up-cycled items, another way we keep it green.
- Community Health – Local businesses, like ours, are owned and operated by people who live in the area, are less likely to leave, and are passionate and invested in the community’s future. Shopping locally made products increases the community’s wealth, tax revenue and standard of living.
- Value – At a large company, the product is changing hands and unnecessary dollars are going to unnecessary middlemen. When items are produced locally, and sold locally, that extra cost is not being passed down to the consumer. You are being charged a fair price!
- Customer Love – Local businesses hire local people with a pride and passion for their community. They take more time to get to know customers and provide better customer service and a personal touch. Everyone here at The Wagamama has a real passion for Shaw and its residents.
- Community Distinction – Because the product is made locally, (and not tied to national sales campaigns) the product is geared towards the local feeling and attitude more uniquely and acutely.
- Economy – for every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and $27 leaves; compare this to the same $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, where $43 remains in the local economy and $57 leaves.
- Make a Difference – If the people of an average American city were to shift 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $235 million per year to the community’s economy. Do what you can and shop local!
- Barnett, Brooke. “15 Reasons to Shop Locally.” MetroFamily Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 May 2014. <http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/February-2013/15-Reasons-to-Shop-Locally/>.
- “Buy Local.” Oregon Environmental Council. Ed. Michelle McGrath. OEC, n.d. Web. 2 May 2014. <http://www.oeconline.org/resources/livinggreen/shopping/buylocal>.
- “Why Buy Locally Owned?.” Sustainable Connections. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. <https://sustainableconnections.org/thinklocal/why>.
- “Buy Local: Quick Facts on the Benefits of Buying Local.” eLocal.com. N.p., 4 Apr. 2011. Web. 17 May 2014. <http://www.elocal.com/content/home-expert-network/buy-local-quick-facts-benefits-buying-local-goods-766>.