Why Buy LocallyU?

It’s easy to feel powerless in this world. We’re geared towards buying the cheapest goods, regardless of the human or environmental cost. We don’t really know where our clothes were made, or where our food was grown, or how sustainable the businesses are that we shop at. We just get the product and use it without thinking about it.

It’s time for that to change.

It’s time for consumers to become mindful about where their products come from. It’s time for people to stop supporting businesses that run sweatshops in Southeast Asia and start supporting businesses that put people over profit. It’s time for us to support businesses that give back to the community.

Now, you’re not going to sell all your possessions, quit your job, and become a non-materialist monk in the mountains of Nepal. We get that. There are some businesses that may not support the community that you simply can’t stop shopping at. We understand.

We are not asking you to completely alter your way of life (unless, of course, you want to). What we are asking is that you take small, noticeable steps towards becoming a better consumer. This could mean shopping at the farmer’s market once a month instead of the supermarket. It could mean volunteering in your community. It could mean occasionally buying clothes made from a business that doesn’t have deplorable working conditions instead of one that does.

We want to make it simple for you to become a better consumer and to push the market in a more community-based direction. We have plans that will help you gradually shift your consuming habits over time. Most importantly, we have a thorough list of LocallyU Approved businesses that you can feel good about shopping at. It’s better to feel good about what you buy instead of feeling nothing; that’s what we’re all about.

So check out one of our consumption plans to get ideas on how to gradually change your shopping habits. Look at the LocallyU Approved businesses in your area and start exploring the gems that exist in your community. If you really want to help, submit a business that you love for LocallyU Approval in less than 30 seconds.

We hope you spread this message. Our goal is to create a dedicated, nationwide network of consumers that want to see our economy change for the better, and who are willing to shop at businesses that feel the same way.

Happy shopping. And thank you for taking the first step in creating a better community, a better market, and a better world.

- The LocallyU Team

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