There is no denying that the introduction of the internet makes it far easier to compare the price of shopping. But some retailers claim the shift is now towards the high street, and buying locally is the message.
When you buy locally most of your dollars stay in the region that you live, which contributes to the overall economic health of the area
When you shop at local butchers, bakers, farm shops and green grocers, it is likely that a decent percentage of the produce has had a short field-to-fork journey. Along with supporting local farmers, it means the food is likely to contain more nutrients and have less packaging.
Independent shops often stock items that are made locally, and aren’t available elsewhere: buy a dress by a fledgling designer and there is little chance of turning up to the office Christmas party wearing the same as someone else.
Local business employs many local residents and this also contributes to the region’s economy. Small business is still the largest employer in the Southern Highlands, so every time you buy locally you are ensuring that there are local jobs for local residents.
Shopping locally helps cut down on processing, packaging and transportation waste, leading to less pollution. Overall, buying local is a chance to support the growing Maker Movement, meet talented artisans and small business owners who take great pride in their work, experience handmade, one-of-a-kind and meaningful gifts and support your community.
We at the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry urge you to consider these things before you make your purchasing choices this Christmas.
The Board and Members of the chamber would also like to wish everyone in the region a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.