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News from State Senator Terry Gerratana

December 6, 2016

Capitol address
Legislative Office Building
Room 3000
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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On the Web
Senator Gerratana

Capitol: 860-240-0584
Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420


Join Me in Supporting Local, Small Businesses

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and I hope you will join me this year in supporting our local, small businesses. Studies show that for every $100 spent at a neighborhood business roughly $68 stays in our local economy. The same amount spent at a large business keeps only $43 in our local economy. If all the people of any average American city were to shift just 10 percent of their spending from online stores and chains to local businesses, it would bring an additional $235 million into the local economy every year.

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Shopping locally can also have a big environmental impact. Big box stores have many of their supplies shipped internationally, generating processing, packaging, and transportation waste that pollute our environment. The United States imports over $2.2 trillion worth of goods each year which are shipped to stores around the country. This process consumes 11 billion gallons of fuel and generates 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide. The packaging used to ship these goods is also an environmental hazard. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the United States produces 11.9 million tons of plastic packaging each year, and 90 percent of it ends up in a landfill after just one use. Local companies buy from other local companies, keeping money in our communities while also ensuring that products don't have to be shipped halfway around the world before going on store shelves.

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This year let's show our support for Connecticut's economy, environment, small businesses, and our friends and neighbors by shopping small and local.

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Senator Terry Gerratana, Legislative Office Building, Room 3000, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Capitol telephone: 860-240-0584, or Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

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