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Smaller is Better
About 20 years ago I was Project Director for something called “Resources for Economic Viability in Sustainable Agriculture,” (see pages 107 to 124). So yes, a great deal of the following comes out of my own experiences and biases. There is also a focus on New York State, because that is where I do my shopping. These are intended to be idea-starters and examples to get you taking some small steps in feeling empowered about how your resources can be allocated in ways that both address your needs and serve the greater good.
Try one different way of spending just every 6 months, or make a swift, radical shift – but start somehow and do something. You will feel better about yourself, if nothing else.
Also tell your family, friends, co-workers and others what you are discovering as you adopt or expand these ways of being a consumer. We, the average schnooks of the world can create a revolution of the less-than-a-millionaire class! Here and there, one by one, we can alter not only the way our economy is currently privileged for the ones who have so very much, but we can do it in ways that are beneficial and sustaining to the environment, the climate, and life on the planet.
I saw family farmers have new successes in their operations by taking small step at little risk to themselves or their productivity. I know that these kinds of changes can and do have an impact.
Instead of buying your veggies at a supermarket, try a Farmer’s Market
Eating out? Instead of a big chain why not try Farm-to-Table
If you can, get to know your farmer, we have had a relationship with this family since the late 1990’s and because of how they run their operation expect that to continue for another generation or two:
Need some dairy products?
On that topic – instead of Pillsbury and Betty Crocker how about:
Ok – don’t like shopping online, or just want to see for yourself before you buy?
If all else fails, there are probably lots of great local, smaller groceries and ethnic food shops somewhere not so far away from you. Or make a trip to Syracuse where we have everywhere from Jerusalem to Vietnam and round the world again. No, you do not have to go to a metropolis for great shopping.Not hungry, but need some sneakers?
Skip Nike and try
Or how’s about those tee-shirts?
Instead of cheaply made ones from Walmart consider getting some from organizations you wish you had money to donate to but right now, you need a new shirt, and you’re broke. Or maybe options like:
Syracuse Cultural Workers (publishers / producers with a message)
SYR Clothing (local flavor, selects a different organization each month to get 5% of the profits)
And one of my favorite places for new pants that are 100% cotton, made in the USA and reasonably priced – they also have some very cool patterns and can do custom work at a price, upon request:
You can support fashion artists from all around the world (including me) by buying from
Some other thoughts:
Time for some fun?
Don’t even get me started on all the great local coffee roasters!
Here is a Tea Blender well worth tasting
Want some candy?
And finally, if you want some other type of goody, like say, jewelry – I say instead of the mall branded Kay and Zales, think about using the skills of a local crafts person or jewelry store where you can probably work with the proprietor to design something both totally unique and within your budget.
Join the smaller is better revolution!
Rebekah Tanner ~ Winged Fox Enterprises
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