With the fall leaves bagged up at the curb and Black Friday sales starting to appear in the weekly flyers and your Facebook feed, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
You know that little Jamie wants this and Auntie Mary wants that, but shouldn’t the holidays also be about giving back to your community? This season, take a different approach to gift giving – shop for products that were imagined and produced right here in Prince Edward Island.
Buying local is the gift that keeps on giving –to our local economy, that is. When you spend your shopping dollars at an independent, local producer, about 68 per cent of your purchase dollars stay in province.
When you spend $100 at an independent local producer, about 68 dollars of your purchase dollars stay in province.
Ready to take the pledge to buy local? Here are four great reasons why you should:
- Buying local creates local jobs and keeps our communities strong – especially our rural communities.
- Small business owners and producers represent the best of our Island spirit – dreamers and doers who combine an instinct for innovation with hard work. They are our farmers, fishers, entrepreneurs, artists, innovators, and job creators – buy from them, and our economy wins.
- It’s good for the environment because in many cases choosing local cuts down on processing and packaging waste as well as transportation emissions.
- Great customer service – think about the restaurant that always donates a gift certificate for the fundraising event, the artist who makes that one-of-a-kind item or the toyshop keeper who remembers your children whenever you walk in.