Trucking of goods from distant producers contributes to pollution and traffic. Smaller local producers are also more likely to use sustainable and ecoconscience practices. Profits from your purchases are taxed locally, directly benefiting the roads you travel and the quality of the schools in your area. Salaries paid by the producer sustain regional economic growth.

•    Buy locally grown/produced food: If you live in New England like I do, buy Cabot Cheddar instead of Kraft; Hannaford cold cuts instead of Hormel or Healthy Choice; Stoneyfield Farms Dairy instead of Hood.•   When shopping for clothes, but the items made in the USA or Mexico, not shipped across the ocean on a heavily polluting diesel powered cargo ship. A simple “USA” search when browsing most online retailers will return the items manufactured domestically. Avoid The Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, besides looking like everyone else, you won’t be able to find clothes made domestically.Try these companies:

American Apparel
New Ballance
Zappos with “USA” search
Eddie Bauer with “USA” search