“Every Time You Spend Money,
You’re Casting A Vote ForThe Kind Of World You Want.”
– Anne Lappe
With every credit card swipe or coin drop you have the ability to influence businesses decisions. Talk about power in the people! So the question to ponder is not always what to buy, but where to buy it and who to buy it from. Currently global markets thrive, but not all workplaces implement environmental initiatives, use safe materials, or provide healthy work conditions for employees.
This means, as those living with the privilege to choose where our money goes, we have a responsibility to learn about the greater issue, and the courage to ask the big questions. In the interview article from NPR.org Shopping With Your Values In Mind David Sirota offers perspective on the pros and cons of BUYCOTT, a new app that allows the user to scan a barcode and find out information on its business affiliations or political contributions. Check about the app here. This article opened my eyes to a lot, including the incredible ability for marketing agencies to bend the truth, take your money and sneak unethical business under your stamp of approval. Read more here: Greenwashing Index, 8 Green Products That Aren’t Green.
Another one of my favourite finds was an initiatives called locoBC – a growing alliance of local companies working to grow local economy. Read their latest blog “The Impact of Online Shopping on Local Businesses” for some eye opening stats like: 2 out of every 3 dollars spent online by Canadians goes to a U.S. retail website. http://locobc.com/
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What’s at the top of your shop local list? What great businesses do you love in Burnaby?
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Light up the Heights DECEMBER 3RD Muckabout is a part of the Heights and we are making snowflakes. Free workshop.
12 to 5p.m.
‘Tis the season for shopping and celebrating, and there’s no better place to do so than on the bustling sidewalks of the Heights!
With a focus on shopping locally for the holidays, the Heights Merchants Association hosts a sidewalk festival, with carollers, the Man in the Red Suit and his helpers, all while Heights merchants offer holiday specials all day long.
Join us as we Light up the Heights along Hastings Street at our Trees Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at Burnaby Fire Hall No. 5 (4211 Hastings Street). Enjoy Valley Bakery cookies and hot chocolate with City dignitaries, festive characters, holiday carols, and Santa Claus himself!
Muckabout with pottery and stuff