Shopping locally reduces the amount of fossil fuel used when you make a trip to the store, and often businesses are located near each other, allowing you to walk from store to store. Supporting the local economy also keeps money in your community, and also provides jobs to business owners as well as the people they employ. Many hard working and creative individuals offer their homemade or unique goods only through local storefronts, giving you the opportunity to purchase well made and unique items that can't be found anywhere else.
So the next time you head out, think about the opportunities in your town or area that will allow you to support the local economy while saving on fossil fuels and making an impact on the environment. Whether it's a visit to the local farmers' market for groceries or a trip to a neighborhood artist for that special gift, you will be making a difference with your local choice.