By choosing local and independent businesses as suppliers, our sister company Bad Buddha Ice Tea is taking the idea of local to the next level. Here are their top 5 reasons for keeping it local and not outsourcing to China.

BUILD COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness.

STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain. Now that's a benefit we all can bank on.

SHAPE OUR CHARACTER! Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality.

LOWER TAXES! More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.

LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT! The shorter distance any product has to travel, the fewer CO2 gases put into the atmosphere.