The campaign encourages Austinites to shop local this holiday season.
AUSTIN, TEXAS – The City of Austin’s Small Business Program, a division of the Economic Development Department, is encouraging Austinites to shop local and shop zero waste this holiday season with the Purchase with a Purpose campaign.
Throughout the month of December, the campaign will promote the City’s online local business directory, LocallyAustin.org, and local Shop Zero Waste businesses with gift card giveaways, ads and social media. Look for Locally Austin representatives giving away limited edition canvas shopping bags on December 14th at the Cherrywood Art Fair, HOPE Farmers Market and Mueller Farmers Market.
Shop Zero Waste is a City campaign that encourages residents to reduce waste by shopping at local businesses that sell recycled, upcycled, or reused items. From bike repair to finding a used computer to shopping for products made from recycled materials, shoppers can search for businesses like these on the Locally Austin website.
According to Vicky Valdez, Small Business Program Manager, “Spending our shopping dollars with local businesses is one of the very best ways we can contribute to our local economy, support jobs and keep Austin thriving. We want to create a tradition of shopping local and shopping zero waste in Austin during the holidays and always.”
The City of Austin encourages locally-owned small businesses, including those making or selling products or services that meet the Shop Zero Waste criteria, to register online to be added to the Locally Austin database. To learn more visit the Shop Zero Waste webpage and research local shopping options today at LocallyAustin.org.