Shopping locally contributes to ethical living in several ways: 1. by supporting local businesses, you contribute to your local economy and culture, 2. you reduce fossil fuel usage and waste since retail items are shipped in bulk to the store rather than to individual homes, 3. you have more opportunities to promote and support fair trade endeavors on a personal level with local business owners and customers.
Charlottesville is blessed with a number of local businesses, from fair trade cafes to greeting card shops, from eco-clothing boutiques to produce grown on local farms. Though the farmers' market is closed for the season, there are still plenty of options. Since moving here, I have found that I prefer to spend the money I earned at a local business at other local shops. I like supporting people's dreams. Local businesses are the heart of the city. They make or break its appeal.
I'll feature a few throughout the month, but to whet your appetite, why not check out my post on local vintage store, Low?