I want to put my words into actions and make prosumer goals. Things that I care about include supporting local businesses, supporting small businesses, buying products which last, buying online to support my industry, and buying “healthy” products for both the Earth and my body. Eventually, I want to try to make every purchase I make have at least two of those qualifiers.
I want to start with looking into buying from local small independent businesses. Small steps for big changes.
For the first half of July:
The major expenses here are groceries. There are definitely independent groceries in town and food co-opts. The things that will be impossible to stop using corporations for include gas, student loans, and internet/cable due to monopolies and financial agreements.
Non-Local Small Businesses:
Etsy.com (2) Hawaii and Wisconsin
I recently discovered Etsy.com and love it. It supports people who make hand-made items by giving them online stores without the expenses of setting up an e-commerce site. I bought a new wallet from pinkninked and jewelry to wear at my mom’s wedding from SDJewelry. So far, I’ve been very happy and discovered that Etsy also has a geolocator so you can find stores in your area.
Locally Owned and Ran Businesses:
Pacific Science Center
Husky Deli (2)
Kokoras Greek Grill
Pailin Thai Cuisine
Caffe Vita Coffee Roast Company
Funky Jane’s Consignment Shop
I do really well with restaurants. I’m a vegetarian, so I find myself naturally turning away from fast-food chains anyway. On the other hand, I should be cooking more than going out. (It’s better for my budget.) The Metropolitan Market is a local chain of independent grocers, expensive, but local. I love the HotHouse Spa. And I had no idea Bartell’s was actually locally-owned until I started doing this.
Comic purchase off Craigslist
I’m going to put my old Landlords in the self-serving consumer category, but at least that was the last check I had to give them. Otherwise, these are pretty good.
Who owns parking garages? I don’t know. Sushi Land seems to be owned by a Japanese corporation, which further company information was in Japanese. And Starbucks…good ole Starbucks. Technically, it’s corporate headquarters are in Seattle and it tries to be green and does some fair trade. But I go back and forth with how big it is and also I had a gift certificate.
Overall, I went to stores/spent money 30 different times this month. 7 of them are big corporations (23.3%); two are non-local small businesses (6.6%); 12 are local independently-owned (40%); four are local non-businesses (13.3%); and three are unknown (10%). This is a lot better statistics than I thought were going to happen. And actually, I’m really happy about it.
My goal is to bring my big corporation trips down to below 20% of my purchases. Because even if I’m only making a small purchase, I’m still spending money, time, and probably gas. For the second half of the month, I’d like to calculate how much money is going where percentage-wise.