Go Green, Shop Local says FSB & FOE

Even the FSB, the Federation of Small Businesses, are on our green bandwagon, but unlike the greenwash brigade they're genuinely into the "go green, shop local" mantra.

Joining forces with Friends of the Earth, the FSB are urging shoppers to shop local. As Christmas approaches, many people will be embarking upon out-of-town shopping sprees and the wisdom behind the FSB/FOE campaign is to cut down on unnecessary car journeys, cut carbon emissions, get that local service and keep the local high street thriving.

Local shops are far more likely to stock local produce and focusing on local retailers will help to keep local communities more sustainable.

John Wright, the FSB National Chairman, is hoping shoppers will support their local small shops to ensure that they are still in business this time next year, especially with the decline of many small independently run retailers in the last few years.

Richard Hines, Real Food campaigner at Friends of the Earth, added that the supermarkets are "putting the squeeze" on independent retailers. By shopping local first he's hoping we can go green and support our local communities.

As John Wright said:

"Even if we don't have a white christmas, there's no reason why we can't have a green one."