Being in quarantine has caused a lot of panic and stress for most of us. Initially, groceries and other supplies were difficult to get and some supplies are still impossible to find (suddenly everyone is eating tofu?) which caused many to buy 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 now is a great time to look for alternative sources and support small, local businesses when possible. We can still get sustainable and ethical products while supporting a business that actually cares about their environmental footprints.
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 be more conscious consumers if we just pause before we panic buy.
If you’re looking for something for your home, it’s a good idea to check Craigslist and Facebook Market Place. Both places are especially great for children’s clothing and toys. I’ve bought air conditioners, my bike, my composter, and the chair I’m currently sitting on from Craigslist.
Dill Pickle Pick-up – 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.
Wicker Park virtual farmers market