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The 3/50 Project January 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tiffany C @ 10:05 AM

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.

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