Have you heard of the 3/50 Project? It’s a plan to support and grow local economies through local businesses. What the project asks you to do is spend $50 each month in 3 locally owned businesses. That is $50 total spread between those 3 businesses. How easy it that? For every $100 that you spend at locally owned businesses $68 stays in the community’s economy, whereas only $43 stays when you spend that money at a national chain. When you buy online $0 stays in the community. In the past I’ve recommended many online stores for eco-friendly items, but maybe the real answer is to ask, beg and badger our locally owned stores to carry the eco-products that we want. Businesses want your business and will work hard to keep it. If they keep hearing from customers and potential customers that they want eco-friendly products, guess what, they will start carrying them. How else does the 3/50 project help environmentally speaking? Well, many local businesses carry locally produced goods and locally produced goods have a smaller carbon footprint because of savings in transportation. The project is not asking you to stop shopping at national chains, but just to move a little of the money you spend into our local brick and mortar businesses. I love our local businesses and it’s a joy getting to know the people who work so hard in our communities.
The 3/50 Project January 21, 2010