Every day we spend money on various things ranging from things we absolutely need to things that are for pleasure or considered luxury items. Whatever the case may be, we spend money on products everyday but have you thought carefully about where your money is going and what sort of impact your spending makes on your community, your country, and the world? This is very important so take a few minutes to think about it.
There are mighty multinationals like Nestlé, Unilever, and the like. There are medium to large manufacturing companies some of whom employ the use of chemicals and dangerous substances in their products. Then there are the small to medium companies run by members of our very own communities some of whom are making (or growing) quality eco friendly products without the use of dangerous chemicals or harming animals. Where would you rather spend your money?
The billions of dollars earned everyday by multinationals may not be impacted severely by your individual decision to patronise and support a local, handmade product but your decision to support that small local business means the world to a mother who desperately needs to make ends meet. You could be helping her put meals on her table, to clothe her children and to put them through school.
Here at Green Butterfly we support such women through capacity building and various retail platforms. Find out about the next eco market happening near you. If you live in Accra it’s happening on the first Saturday of every month at the Goethe Institut in East Cantonments (next to NAFTI) and on the second Saturday of every month in Airport residential area (near GIZ) and Koala supermarket. Products you can find at the eco market include:
●Locally grown, Organic herbs and vegetables
● beads and accessories
● natural handmade soaps
● natural handmade cosmetics
● natural health foods
● fabric and clothing
● local music
● thrift items
Support local ecofriendly business and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing how your spending impacts people in your community. Your money is not going towards funding toxic chemical products, or enriching an already rich group of people. Your money goes back into your community and the people who live there.