|October 16, 2012||Posted by simply stephen under location independent||
You’ve probably noticed an absence of blogging recently. There are a number of reasons. I’ve had very little time and access to the web and when I did it was for a short bursts. With the days getting shorter, our small solar system has provided very little in the way of power. To top things […]
|November 10, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under lifestyle||
The best way to make changes is to lead by example. Gandhi’s widely overused adage “be the change” really does illustrate how to make a difference in the world. But what stimulates positive growth and change? Instead of lengthy discussion, I’ve decided to create a waterfall today (I tried to pair them up too). Self […]
|November 3, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under lifestyle||
Everyone seems to be in such a hurry to get somewhere. Life is not a race – take your time and get it done right. I often talk about quantity and quality. Today is no different. As long as you take action and move forward you will get there. Wherever there is! Why, you ask? […]
|September 28, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under lifestyle||
There is a high price to pay for materialism. When the value of things is more important than the value of people, there is clearly a problem. Strong evidence exists that materialism and happiness are co-related. The more material a person is, the less happy they are. And this consumerism brings a heavy cost to […]
|September 21, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under lifestyle||
There are many blogs and web businesses that talk about green living. They tout minimalism, going green, saving energy, a zen lifestyle, recycling and the likes. But with all the greenwashing out there it’s hard to know who’s the real deal and who’s jumping on the green bandwagon. Probably a little bit of both…and heck […]
|September 14, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under lifestyle|
I long to be content…often I am. I want to be forgiving…at times emotions rule. I wish I was compassionate…many times I judge. I try to practice patience…sometimes I fail. I strive to be productive…things go up and down. In life we have our ups downs. Our moments and mistakes. It happens to everyone. A […]
|August 3, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under lifestyle||
Part 3 of a 3 part series on local living Local living is quite the movement and we discussed the benefits in our last article going loco or going local: 15 reasons that count. There a many different phrases popping up. A locavore is someone that chooses to eat foods that are grown locally. Generally […]
Part 2 of a 3 part series on local living
People are making steps to change.
There is a movement going on. Last time we talked about globalization versus localization but the green movement comes in many different shapes and sizes.
One way to participate is by supporting your local community.
Not just the community groups and public services. Not just food. The whole kit and kaboodle.
Your local farmer.
Small Shop owner.
Mini Fruit Market.
Local computer geek.
Neighbourhood Coffee Shop.
And products made close to home.
It’s loco to choose a non local alternative.
Some choices don’t make sense.
Some things are just not grown in your region.
Some products are manufactured in other countries.
Some products are out of reach when it comes to the price.
Some things are hard to find.
But a little planning and a small effort can reduce your need to buy from the big guy…and that my friend, is a green choice. A little patience and education to learn the power of smart consumption. The corporations are fat and unless they clearly support the triple pundit theory of people, planet, profit then it might be better to avoid them.
You may need a car or computer but you can buy a used one (or rent one) – that’s the reuse part of the 3rs. You are also helping a local owner and not lining the pocket of a shareholder or greedy executive (enough generalization, because there are many responsible large companies, owners, and executives – not to mention the employees working for them). There are always alternatives.
Your choices create a huge impact on both the economy and the environment.
- variety – if you buy in season, you get the chance to try different foods over the seasons
- taste – local is fresh and that provides better taste and quality
- nutrition – eating fresh is good, but local nutrients match your body needs too
- cost – add on costs and fees are usually lower or eliminated if you buy the right foods
- convenience – just a step away, once you know where to go, it’s just as easy as the grocery store
- relationships and networking – building friendships is good, for business and your local community
- local jobs – building and keeping employment in your community
- greater support to local non profits – local business support more local causes and charities thus helping your local community further
- customer service – small business owners are more likely to “care” and offer better support
- less red tape – quicker resolve and response to your needs
- smaller footprint – your product travels less, has less or no packaging and the manufacturing process is often minimal
- community – you maintain a sense of worth and can improve the look and feel of your hood.
- accountability – don’t throw your muck in our backyard, people are likely to care more about the area they live and work in.
- link neighbours – if you go to local shops you meet local people and build a sense of community
- economy – circulate dollars & tax revenues for your localr economy
There are many more micro reasons to shop local but you get the point. Your local community needs you and it’s worth taking the day to explore your local neighbourhoods and shops. Who knows what great delicacies you will discover.