Some people might roll their eyes at the very mention of shopping locally.
Firstly, the term 'shop local' has become increasingly trendy in recent years; with many associating it with high end, unaffordable produce. Secondly, buying online is just undeniably convenient .
However, there is a price to pay for convenience, so before you go to buy your gifts online this year, ask yourself this quick question: 'Where are these goods are coming from, and what distance do they have to travel?'
The answer to that question will probably help you to come to the conclusion that shopping locally can help to reduce your carbon footprint, as you don't have to travel far to purchase your items, and more importantly - they don't need to travel to you!
There are plenty of businesses in Bray selling great, sustainable gift options this Christmas - here are just a handful.
Sevenoaks is run by an Irish silversmith who sells both her own items and works by
other Irish designers. Pop in and check out the range of lovely, hand made toys that
are currently in stock. Visit their site here.
Finders Keepers have some great vintage finds at incredibly reasonable prices. Check out their Instagram here.
It has recently been revealed that the fast-fashion industry (e.g. H&M, Topshop, Penneys) is now the second
biggest polluter in the world, so buying vintage is not just cool - it's far less detrimental to the environment.
Why? Because no production emissions are created, and vintage items tend to have a longer life-cycle.
The Arcade Jewellers have been selling stunning vintage jewellery for almost 30 years in Bray.
Consider purchasing a local, pre-loved item for someone important this Christmas. See what they have on offer here.
Where do you shop in Bray? Let us know!