Being in quarantine has caused a lot of panic and stress for most of us. Initially, groceries and other supplies were difficult to obtain (some supplies are still impossible to get) and may have caused many to start buying from larger suppliers. I just saw a Facebook post from someone I follow on social media praising a few big box stores for helping to keep them alive. I totally understand the sentiment, but I also think that nows a great time to look for alternative sources and support smaller businesses and people.
If you’re looking for something for your home it’s a good idea to check Craiglist and Facebook Market Place. Both places are especially great for children’s clothing and toys. I’ve bought air conditioners, my composter, and the chair I’m currently sitting in from Craigslist.
I believe that now more than ever is an important time to be both a conscious and conscientious consumer. Sure, we may need to default to a big box store from some items, but we can still support smaller, local markets if we just pause before we panic buy. We can still get sustainable and ethical products while supporting a business that actually cares about their environmental footprints.
Dill Pickle Pickup – Business is open, but you can also send in your list for pick-up
Source Whats Good – Offers pick-up and delivery options from local sources.
Smack Dab Chicago – Offers grocery bags twice a week, including vegan options.