When UK consumers ‘buy local’ there are huge benefits for the whole of our environment. 

Our environment is everything, for us and our children. It’s the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, our neighbours, our schools and hospitals, the countryside around us, and our towns and cities.

There is one thing that we can all do that will massively boost everything in our environment: buy local.

Everywhere in the UK is local to somebody, and local to us all compared to products coming from 1,000+ miles away. Consider the local and UK options for any product and cut your product miles massively.

Avocados, grapes, strawberries and kiwi fruit can clock up more air miles than Superwoman. Reconnect with the richness and variety of the UK seasons with local food – it’s more sustainable too.

We can afford to shrink-wrap, package, box, containerise, fly, ship and drive products. Then unbox, unwrap, consume and dispose of packaging and products. But can the environment afford it? There are UK options for the vast majority of the products you buy.

The Marine Conservation Society tells us that in the UK we catch, land and then export 75% of our fish. Meanwhile, we import 70% of the fish we eat. A wasteful two-way motorway of fish. Eat UK-landed and sustainable fish and cut both waste and fuel usage.

Are there local businesses in your community? Every pound you spend locally boosts local jobs, which boosts local spending, which boosts more local jobs… 

The UK has an astonishing range of products made from natural and local materials. Look at the UK options for furniture, mattresses, clothes, shoes, sports kit, gardening, virtually anything!

Whether you want to be more environmentally conscious, support your local community, or simply discover new brands and products, localisation makes sense. 

Here at YouK, our mission is to give everyone the information they need. Help us to help you, support any business on YouK – they all deserve our support!

With Love, The YouK Team

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