Vote with your wallet. In her latest Sage Wit post, business consultant Susan Chambers, author of Small Business, Big Change goes over the downsides and upsides of holiday shopping. Learn how to use your money to support your local economy and to compel businesses to rethink their policies for a cleaner, safer planet and thriving economy.
Here’s an excerpt:
In recent years, there has been growing push back from people who cringe at the materialism inherent in and perpetuated by Black Friday shopping frenzies and madness: more and more people are choosing to participate in “Buy Nothing” day as a protest. While this strategy works as a short-term protest, in the long run it doesn’t force large corporations to rethink how their business models (and the economic policies that support them) have a negative impact on the planet and the prosperity of local economies.
Ideally, we want to create long term social, economic and environmental changes for the better, and that’s best achieved by encouraging consumers to regularly choose locally-owned stores within their community when they need to purchase goods and services. That’s a vision that is best achieved by encouraging (and rewarding) both consumers and businesses to adopt more sustainable habits environmentally (reduce waste or unnecessary consumption, re-use materials where possible and appropriate, and recycle), socially (support businesses that demonstrate a commitment both to fair wages and decent working conditions for their employees and their suppliers’ employees) and economically by supporting local businesses and local economies.
Read the complete post at Sage Wit here.