Why Local?

In celebration of BC Buy Loco week I thought I would write about why I believe we need to shop local whenever possible.  Buying local is something that I am very passionate about so I thought this post would be easy to write but I was wrong.

Aside from the statistics and all the benefits that supporting local brings to our economy, for me it comes down to people.  I want to make a difference in my life.  I want to help make things better for people.  I want to help people.  Buying local is one way that I feel like I can make some positive changes in our community. 

The more I think about it, the more I realize it really is all about people.  It’s about the people who are able to work out of their homes so that they can stay home with their young children.  It’s about the fashion designer who is making an effort to keep their manufacturing in Canada - which is almost impossible due to fast fashion which has essentially made the manufacturing of clothing in Canada an endangered species.  It’s about supporting businesses who are making an effort to give products a second life by making their products from reclaimed items. 
We all know that we need to change the way we do things if we are going to make things better.  Buying local is a simple act that can have a huge impact. 

At Unless Market, I have worked hard to fill our store with local products.  I am proud that 90% of our products are from local BC businesses and most of those businesses are right here in the Okanagan.  I want to do the work for you.  I want you to know that the products that you are buying from my store are local.  You are helping support your local community when you shop at Unless Market. 

Buying locally made products is not the only way that you can make a difference when it comes to buying local.  Shopping at locally owned business rather than a large chain is a great way to buy local and help support your local businesses.  I am the first to admit that it is often challenging but switching just one purchase over to a local company can make a big difference.

There are more stores, websites and markets opening all the time that are making it even easier to shop local.  Even at Unless Market, I am finding more amazing local businesses that I hope to add to my list of local businesses next year. 

I am excited to watch the buy local movement get bigger and better over the next few years.  I do believe that we can make a difference and the more people make an effort to shop local the easier it will become.   

Proud Localist.