Supporting your local, independent business owners, makers, and artists can make a huge impact on your community’s economy. Buying local cuts down on transport, shipping, and packaging, creating a greener purchasing experience. Also, while big box retail generates a net annual deficit of $468 per 1,000 sq. ft., buying from local specialty retail produces a net annual RETURN of $326 per 1,000 sq. ft. This is because supporting local businesses keeps money in the community’s economy, rather than immediately sending the money to corporate headquarters off-site. Learn more in the following infographic by CustomMade.