“Buying Local” has become somewhat of a trend in recent years. But do you know why it has been gaining so much attention?

The answer: because it has become more readily apparent how detrimental foreign and mass-produced goods are to the environment and local communities.

As consumerism continues to flourish, it has become cheaper to buy distantly-produced goods. Lower prices make these goods more attractive to consumers. However, they require more resources to produce than consumers would ever know.

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Want to know what really goes into mass or distantly-produced goods? Want to know why the craze for “Buying Local” exists? Here are some shocking stats and quick facts about buying local goods and how it can help save the environment and local communities.

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Why Buy Local Infographic
Source: eLocal.com