Have yourself a local Christmas

“Shopping locally contributes to the local economy and ensures the longevity of a thriving and diverse high street with greater choice for shoppers.”

“You can buy all kinds of gifts for Christmas if you shop locally – you really don’t need to travel far or shop online because there’s so much choice right here!”

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A lot of suggestions are being made to help us have a more ‘sustainable’ Christmas – for example:

7 ways to have a greener, more eco-friendly Christmas in 2021 | timeout.com

9 Zero Waste Gift Ideas For An Eco-Friendly 2021 Holiday | blueandgreentomorrow.com

From Recipes To Decor, Here’s How To Make Your Holiday More Sustainable | mindbodygreen.com

To be really sustainable, going local seems to be a good idea, with Devon Life talking to three environmentally-conscious Devon businesses on how to serve up an eco-treat this festive season – as well as providing a couple more tips:

8 great ways to go green this Christmas | devonlife.com

And that’s the message being promoted in East Devon:

East Devon District Council has launched a Christmas campaign to encourage all residents to shop locally for all their Christmas gifts and food this year. A study* shows that half of UK adults plan to make the most of Christmas 2021, with 30% of locals in the South West intending to spend more money than last year.  East Devon District Council is working with local businesses and high streets to promote the wide range of amazing products available locally...

Mr Ian Harbour from The Honiton Pottery Workshop with the please stop here sign, said: “It’s really important for people to shop locally so that they know that they are supporting local workers and producers. Shopping locally contributes to the local economy and ensures the longevity of a thriving and diverse high street with greater choice for shoppers.”

Calling East Devon Christmas shoppers to Please Stop Here | eastdevon.gov.uk

With the message reinforced by the Council leader in today’s Herald:

As part of all this I am grateful to have these few hundred words to appeal to readers to please visit your local shops. They have an extraordinary range to offer, from clothes to antiques, cards to toys, art shops to diverse food retailers. And you can find absolutely diamond places in every high street in our villages and towns.

Your money spent in your communities really makes a difference to local jobs and prosperity. Before you click on Amazon again – as we all do – please go out there and have a look. You’ll be met with smiling faces for sure. It’s your hard-earned money and if you think local first, you’ll be investing in your home town too.

Invest in your home town by shopping local this Christmas | sidmouthherald.co.uk

And today’s Sidmouth Nub News focusses on two of those local high street businesses:

L: John Wycherley from Sidmouth Gifts. R: Karen and Lucy from Whoops A Daisy Florist. Credit: EDDC

John Wycherley from Sidmouth Gifts said: “You can buy all kinds of gifts for Christmas if you shop locally – you really don’t need to travel far or shop online because there’s so much choice right here!” Karen and Lucy from Whoops A Daisy Florist in Sidmouth said: “It’s so important for people to shop in the town and support local businesses to help our High Streets thrive. There’s lots of choice so why go anywhere else?”

Sidmouth shops back campaign for residents to shop local for Christmas gifts, food | sidmouth.nub.news

   
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