Tuesday, April 07, 2009

IndieBound: Shop Local, Shop Indie

We want to tell you about Indiebound, a site that supports local, independent businesses (like us!). While the site is tailored to books--you can look up a book at shops near you and see indie top seller lists--it's also geared toward all things indie.

Here's what it says about why to shop locally, at independent purveyors:

"The Economy
Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.

The Environment
Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

The Community
Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community."

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