Today we finish our series on the top 10 reasons to buy local in 2022. We are at the top two reasons and hope you’ve enjoyed our countdown!

2. Environmental impact is reduced. Small local businesses set up shop locally. Goods and services travel fewer miles to their destinations. This means small local companies contribute less to sprawl, congestion, and pollution compared to big box stores. A natural gas heater made in St. Louis not only creates American jobs but has a much smaller environmental impact to get to southwestern Pennsylvania than one made in China.

1.Local economic stimulus. When we purchase at small local businesses, more money is kept within our local community. Locally-owned businesses often do their own purchasing from other locally-owned businesses. So, buying local also helps grow other local businesses and improves the local tax base.