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Shop Local! How to Support Your Community

Shop Local: Learn how shopping locally is an excellent investment in the future of your community.

Over the past few years, the incentive to shop local has grown to become a more popular alternative for consumers than investing the time and money into larger, more commercialised retailers. And while a good majority of the UK population has made the conscious decision to change their spending habits to support local businesses, many are still unaware of the significant factors you benefit from when you shop local. Let’s take a look at how you can not only assist yourselves in living a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle but also supporting local communities within the UK.

Support Your Local Economy

A positive outcome of supporting local business is that there is a significantly higher amount of money that stays within the local economy than when you spend money at a chain retailer. Local business owners often have the motivation to support another local business for personal and business reasons. In contrast, large corporations tend to purchase their supplies from other corporations. For every £100 you spend at a locally owned business, £68 will stay within the community. When you are buying from a retail chain, only £43 is kept within the community. Therefore, the more money that remains in your local economy, means more money is available to improve your community.

Acknowledge the People Behind the Products You Buy

This benefit is more evident than most; however, it is equally as important as the other benefits on this list. Local businesses are owned by your friends, family, and neighbours who live within your community. When you shop locally, you are getting to know the faces behind the products you are purchasing and can create a sense of connection that you might not otherwise feel with larger corporations. Another positive of shopping local is the elevation in the experience itself. Each local business has an extraordinary story behind it. And it is often customary for a local business owner to go out of their way to make each customer experience unique and memorable.

It’s Better for the Environment

When you buy online or from a chain of stores that are owned by larger corporations, it is inevitable for these items to be transported across the country or around the globe in cars, trucks, cargo ships, or planes to be delivered to you. This, in turn, causes more fossil fuels to burn and contribute to the pollution of our earth. Another contributing factor to larger manufactured products is that they are most often packaged in big boxes that are filled with unnecessary plastic to keep your shipped items from breaking along the journey. All this extra packaging will then end up in landfills and oceans that can cause significant harm to wildlife and the environment.

Improve Your Health

When buying local produce from farmers within your community, consumers are guaranteed the benefit of product transparency that is not often guaranteed with large corporations. This means that when you buy your fruits and vegetables from local farmers, you are guaranteed to have access to food items grown without the use of pesticides, fresh eggs, milk, and grass-fed meats compared to larger farms. This will, in turn, improve the health of you and your family.

The Impact of COVID-19

Small businesses need our help now more than ever with the consequences of the global pandemic. While businesses across the UK and the world have had to close temporarily, a lot of smaller businesses have unfortunately not been able to re-open their doors due to lack of funding. When we support local shops, we are directly supporting the livelihood and future of their businesses.

Final Thoughts

At Marvellous Greens & Beans, we believe in providing our community with the freshest local fruits, vegetables, and grocery products. We are proud to source from locally owned, British organic farms to feed your families with the healthiest and safest options when it comes to your produce. Our community and the support we receive daily continue to inspire us to continue our delivery services to families in our area. If you would like to support our small business, a list of the south London neighborhoods we deliver daily is listed below for your convenience. Remember to shop local and improve the prosperity of your local communities today!

Local Areas We Deliver To

  • Sydenham
  • Forest Hill
  • Honor Oak Park
  • Crofton Park
  • Brockley
  • Crystal Palace
  • Dulwich
  • Bromley
  • Beckenham
  • Catford
  • Balham
  • Clapham
  • Wandsworth
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