And the unintended benefits on the environments
We often hear our friends and family talk about buying local. But why? What's all the fuss about? Is there any substance behind the hype?
Well it turns out there is, and the ripple effect can be pretty major.
Here's how it works:
1) If something is grown or manufactured within Canada, it means it was made by Canadians. There are many stops along the supply chain of any given product, and the more of those that are within our borders, the more jobs are created, by you!!
2) When buying local you're most likely supporting a small business. Most Canadian businesses are small to medium, in fact 98% of Canada's economy is made up of small businesses.
3) Products that are made within our borders don't need to travel very far to get to their customers - that means shorter transportation routes and less shipping, resulting in fewer carbon emissions.
4) Canadian products are often of a higher quality than imported ones, particularly when it comes to food. Health Canada sets health and safety related requirements under the Food & Drug Act (FDA) which is enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Attention to detail matters greatly to Canadians and our requirements are often more stringent than those in other countries, ensuring safer consumer products we can trust.
Here are some Local Loves that we are currently obsessing over:
From coast to coast there are lots of great local companies to choose from. I live in Ontario and found out they recently introduced a catalog of businesses that make their products here. It is a great place to start checking things out! To see the list or add your own business, click here. I am sure there are similar resources for other provinces too!
Whether you're reducing your carbon footprint, or stimulating the economy, there are several reasons to choose Canadian products first. Before picking up your regular-big-box-brand-go-to-product, run a quick Google search and you never know what super, local substitute you might find!