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Shop Green, Shop Local

The global frenzy of Black Friday will be returning this year on November 27th, why not think and act sustainably by opting for a Green Friday instead?

Green Friday aims to help raise awareness around the environmental impact of Black Friday, especially from online sales delivered through national distribution centres.

This year, Covid-19 has massively affected shopping habits so that more consumers are purchasing products online for delivery, so the environmental cost of online Black Friday shopping is elevated.

With the festive season fast-approaching and many of us beginning to rack our brains for gift ideas for our loved ones, let’s shop smart, shop green and shop local this Christmas.

Why Shop Local

 

When you shop local, your money also stays local and goes into the community – including the pockets of our small and independent businesses. VISA reports that for every £10 we spend with a local business, more than a third (£3.80) stays within the area, showing the true value of shopping locally.

Local businesses also tend to be smaller and produce less waste, less air pollution and less traffic than their enormous counterparts. Choosing to buy locally rather than online, leads to less deliveries and delivery vans on our roads, thus less CO2 emissions – plus less packaging!

Many of our small businesses have shown great resilience to the constantly changing times through this pandemic, including offering click and collect/takeaway/delivery services during lockdown. So before clicking on that internet basket, remember that within a 15 minute walk or cycle, there are several businesses in Wimbledon still offering great services/products, providing local jobs and supporting our community.

Lockdown has made us all appreciate the outdoors more and embrace the need for daily exercise. Shopping locally is a great way to incorporate exercise into our daily lives. Opt to walk or cycle into Wimbledon, taking advantage of the many cycle racks available in town and enjoying the brilliant cultural sites on offer.

Shop Green

 

Looking to tick off items on your Christmas gift shopping list? Shop green instead with the wealth of sustainable ranges offered by our stores in Wimbledon and give a gift that goes a long way.

Get some inspiration here including Lush’s ‘Naked Skin Care’ collection and JoJo Maman Bebe’s ‘Polarfleece’ children’s clothing, made entirely from recycled plastic bottles!

Zero, Wimbledon’s first zero-waste shop will be opening in Centre Court Shopping Centre this Saturday, offering a simple alternative to excessive single-use packaging consumption with a wide range of ready-to-go bulk items. Their Zero Waste Kits make the perfect gift for the eco-conscious!

Shop local this Christmas for the future of our town.

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#LoveLocalDay in Wimbledon

As well as showing your partner, friends and family some love this Valentine’s Day, remember to show your local community some love too.

Current road closures on Merton Road towards South Wimbledon, expected to last until April 2020, have affected many of our independent shops, cafes and restaurants located in this area.

Today is #LoveLocalDay and Love Wimbledon is urging the people of Wimbledon to think of these businesses and make a special effort to take a few extra steps, travel further along The Broadway and support our range of fantastic local and independent stores during this time.

Ideas for how you can support these businesses:

And remember, it’s even easier to get to these businesses now, as there is very little traffic (but an even nicer walk/cycle ride!) and you can still park easily in this area.

Aside from the effects of these lengthy roadworks, there are a number of reasons why you should opt to shop local. The environmental impact of shopping local is considerably lower when compared to shopping online, which is becoming increasingly relevant given the current state of climate change. When you shop online, you often receive separate packages within multiple deliveries, delivered by large trucks or vans, which typically omit higher carbon emissions. Additional packaging which includes single-use plastic, is also used in excess to protect the products delivered in these parcels. Compare this to shopping locally, where consumers tend to use their one trip to their local town centre to combine tasks, e.g. purchase presents, grab some groceries and browse through a bookstore. Local businesses are usually also smaller, produce less waste than their enormous counterparts, and buy or live locally, therefore creating less air pollution and traffic.

When you shop local, your money also stays local. In other words, rather than adding to the profits of multi-national chains, your money goes into the pockets of your neighbours in the community. By supporting your small local and independent businesses, you are strengthening the local economy.

Without the presence of these types of stores on our high streets, which often add a sense of character and diversity through their unique and artisan offering, there is the ever-growing fear that all UK high streets will eventually look and feel the same.

Wimbledon is home to a number of other small and independent businesses which you can also show your love to today, including Fayre & SquareFieldersAubergine Art galleryHealth ZonePhokas Barbers and Gina Conway’s Aveda salon. And don’t forget, the Love Wimbledon monthly markets return in March, with a great range of local vendors offering up handcrafted gifts and flavourful international street food.

So show your community spirit by supporting your local business owners at this challenging time, helping the local economy and spreading the word about our brilliant town centre!
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