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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Where Do We Shop?


While exploring the changes in Soho I have been become really aware of the how more and more people are fighting back against the big soulless chains taking over everywhere.  The movement to keep small, local and independent businesses actually in business and the high streets alive seems to be gaining a lot of momentum 


We're weary of the global corporations, as it seems every day we hear about how they don't contribute to local communities, don't pay taxes, and pay their employees really poorly.

It’s inspiring to see a new bunch of kids on the block who are putting the environment and ethics back into the mix.  Only today I read that the number of people in London who have signed up for installing beehives in their backyards has exceeded the expectations of the promoters.  We need more bees, the world needs bees to survive, the world really need bees much much more than £2 dresses.


This "conscience" has spilled over into some of the marketing trends in London.  We're not fooled by the old stories anymore.  We are asking more questions and demanding to know the truth behind what it says on the label.  Is it ethical?  Will it harm the environment, and do the creators and contributors get a fair and liveable wage?

Who are the people marketing and selling us these products and services? Are they ethical?   RPM is one such company that states they are.

8 comments:

Rick Forrestal said...

I love "shopping small", and supporting
local, independent businesses.
Much more interesting . . .

Gunn said...

I love small independent shops too.
But I sometimes find it too expensive.

Sharon Anck said...

It's nice to see so many people feel the same. I much prefer the independent shops and restaurants over the chains.

William Kendall said...

I prefer the independent businesses to the big box mentality anytime.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

I love the service you get from the small independents rather than the corporations. The smaller shops are glad to see you, offer more time and effort whereas the large stores are often looking in mirrors and can't wait for you to leave so they can carry on with their gossiping. As to actually asking a question, hardly ever do I get a reasonable response. Here's to the moving forward of more individuality! x

RedPat said...

I always try to shop in the independents too! Hate malls.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

I'm all for it, as a local business owner (a photography gallery) myself it so important to support your local shops otherwise one day you will wake up and there will be only 'chains'

Jack said...

Interesting commentary, Mo. I guess my own shopping is a mix of big chains and small independents. It all depends on what I am shopping for.

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