Local businesses ready to meet needs of holiday shopper Holiday shopping season approaches and Santa’s everywhere are making their lists. It’s important to get gifts that will The environment also gets benefits from local shopping. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, industrial be well received, but consumers would pollution is responsible for almost 50 be wise to consider making an effort percent of the pollution in the United to shop local. That means buying States. Shopping locally helps cut products made locally and buying down on processing, packaging and from locally owned stores. transportation waste, leading Not only will local shopping be more likely to yield one-of-a-kind to less pollution. Overall, buying local is a chance gifts that surely will be treasured to support the growing Maker for years to come, it’s good for the Movement, meet talented artisans economy. For example, according to and small business owners who take the Andersonville Study of Retail great pride in their work, experience Economics, local business generates handmade, meaningful gifts and 70 percent more local economic support your community. activity per square foot than big-box retail. The Tri-State offers many options for local shopping. Here are just a few.