Don’t Be On Nature’s Naughty List!

Season’s Greetings! Here are a few little reasons why shopping locally is the greatest idea this holiday season.

Whether you’re a last-minute shopper or year ahead-prepper, shopping locally is always the most cost efficient choice. Benefits include:

Less travel! You’re not only doing a favor for the environment by reducing pollution, but you’re also saving a shiny dollar on fuel!

Hold the shipping, please! By purchasing local products, there are no shipping fees! Hurray! Bring on the savings!

Unique, one-of-a-kind items found nowhere but here. Beautiful hand crafted jewelry, pottery, soaps, and clothing! All can be found in my favorite niches of the city (farmer’s markets, Eco-friendly specialist stores, and artisan shops!) You’re guaranteed to find that perfect gift for your friends and family… and a few things for yourself, of course!

Like a true community, you’re a family. Families support each other. By giving back to your community, you’re allowing small businesses the opportunity to grow. In return, they can provide more, and better services to you! Local entrepreneurs that are appreciated prove to be more likely to stay within the neighborhood and contribute more to the community: e.g. donating to charities, buying from fellow locals.

Let’s wrap this up!

Every year, as soon as I get home, it clicks. I’ve forgotten the wrapping paper! Since I’m a last-minute shopper, there’s no way I will make it through the mass traffic of Christmas Eve and return to the store, so I must resort to what there is at home.

  1. If you’re lucky, there might be some wrapping paper leftover from last year. Perhaps even some gift bags you haven’t thrown out?
  2. Last year, I found old cardboard molds that a TV came in, and I used them to wrap up a couple of gifts for steal-a-gift! No one could figure out what was inside. Can you think of any nifty ways to hide a gift?
  3. Save old boxes over the year and reuse them instead of gift wrap. Cardboard boxes: Masters of Disguise, Christmas Edition. 
  4. One thing I’ve found helpful is newspaper. Yes, newspaper. Those bundles of gray paper we get in the mail that collect dust in a corner somewhere in the house. The things we sometimes use to clean up after the puppy when he has one of his accidents in the living room. We’re going to use that as wrapping paper! (No, no! Not that one! Put the wet paper down!)
  5. Wrapping paper vs Newspaper. What do they have in common? They’re both paper! Sure newspaper lacks the luster and magic of wrapping paper, but isn’t going to the landfill afterward? By reusing and recycling paper (and any other items) around your home, you’re ensuring your name won’t be on Nature’s Naughty list.

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Do You Compromise Quality For Price?

Photo by Stuart Miles, courtesy of free digitalphotos.net
Photo by Stuart Miles, courtesy of free digitalphotos.net

At Generation Green we carry tons of wonderful locally-made, environmentally friendly goods. Considering the quality of these products, the prices are usually higher than something you find at your commercial good store like Walmart, Superstore, etc. This is something you should expect shopping here, yet still plenty of customers, time and time again, come in here appalled at how much certain things can be.

So let’s get something straight… You truly get what you pay for in today’s society. Cheap prices mean cheap product. Why CAN you get “meals” for $3, and household items for $10? That is because corporations have made every effort possible to pay very little for that product. This almost always means unfair labour overseas, where people and children are exploited. This also means environmentally destructive practices, such as clear-cutting, polluting water, pesticide spraying, and even manufactured chemicals in paints and dye which directly harms these exploited workers and indirectly harms every one of us, the atmosphere, and the earth.

This is all done just so people will be satisfied with a cheap price, the product will sell, and the richest 1% will keep making loads of money.

With globalization it’s so easy for all of us to overlook the harm that buying even just a few of those exploited products causes. But we need to stop, think, and remind ourselves why it’s even possible that those products are so cheap.

Photo Credit: Stuart Miles Freedigitalphotos.net
Photo Credit: Stuart Miles Freedigitalphotos.net

So, I emphasize, you get what you pay for. If you want cheap prices, you are receiving a cheap (or cheated) product.

At Generation Green, we consider ethics when purchasing and selling our items. We refuse to compromise quality for low prices. Prices here are higher, because the products are truly worth more. They have been made locally in individual’s studios, fairly traded overseas, or made conservatively with bamboo or other self-sustaining resources. Keep this in mind next time our price tags make you re-consider.

Purchasing power is the only true way to make any change in this world or fight cooperational greed. Every dollar you spend is a vote towards what you support. If these nasty corporations keep getting profit for what they produce, they won’t stop. Not until we decrease their profits and demand change will they re-consider their habits.

Article written by Savannah Costen