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Getting Around: When can shopping impact your carbon footprint? - December 15, 2010
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In Portland, there’s a lot of talk about shopping locally – and with good reason. When you shop in your neighborhood business district you’re supporting your local economy and cutting down on how far you have to travel for errands. And if you combine your support for neighborhood business with a carbon-free transportation mode, like walking or biking, you are really impacting your community in a positive way. 

  • Did you know that almost 40 percent of all trips in the U.S. are less 1.5 miles? That’s an easy way to build a little exercise into your daily errands.
  • Did you know that most of your daily trips are shopping trips and errands? If you need to drive for your commute to work you can still significantly reduce your carbon footprint by walking, biking, or using transit for errands
  • Did you know that every dollar spent at a local independent business has a potential return of three dollars or more in local economic and community benefits? Plus, local business ownership also means that important decisions about the local economy are being made by people who live in your community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.*
  • Did you know that compared to national chains, local retailers and restaurants purchase a higher share of their products from local sources?* 
  • Did you know that when you spend one dollar at a locally owned business, an average of 45 cents stays in the local economy? The same dollar spent at a business with an out-of-community headquarters only leaves about 14 cents in the local economy.*

*These facts courtesy of Suzanne Savell’s article, Shop Local. What Does That Really Mean, Anyways?

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