12/06/2009

pick 3. spend 50.


ladies and gentlemen, if you'd be so kind to direct your attention to your right and scroll down a little bit, you'll notice a spiffy new badge for a fantastic initiative called the 3/50 project.

i can't remember who's blog i'd initially seen the badge on, but i really liked the tagline so i clicked through and found this kickin project that i just had to share. (being pretty big on locally sourced foods and materials, i quickly sponged up all of the information on the website and now feel the need to pass the word on to you.)

the 3/50 project's primary goal is to redirect a portion of your daily spending to locally owned businesses. according to their site, for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $60 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and and other expenditures. spend $100 in a national chain, and only $43 stays here. spend it online, and nothing comes home.

it all began with a post on cinda baxter’s alwaysupward.com blog. five days later, she threw together a flyer. a week later, a website. once the site went live, things got interesting—in its first week, more than 6,600 “absolute unique visitors” found their way to it's online home (7,600+ if you count repeat visits).

needless to say, the project has since picked up momentum and has gained it's fair share of media exposure.

i won't spoil all the fun, but i will recommend that you check out the site to find out ways that you can support the project - even if it is just by making a few small changes to where you shop, and adding that sweet lil badge to your blog's sidebar.

10 comments:

erin said...

love this!

Amanda Nicole said...

I shop local businesses whenever I can. Along with all the good things it does for the community, I find the customer service is often better too.

paula said...

so perfect. Have a lovely weekend.

Jessica Marie said...

this is such a great idea! thanks for sharing :D

Rachel Follett said...

Such a great project! I am wanting to do a post on the three stores that I picked. Hhmmm... I need to get on that. Have a great weekend!

Rebecca said...

love it! i'm on my way to check out the project.

Kotori said...

I am so on board with the 3/50 project... still haven't added the badge to my site, but I'll get to it eventually. We just had a local arts market open up, so I'm thrilled to get to go and find new local artists.

Julia said...

It's such a good idea! I'm off to go spend my 50 at a scrapbook store in west Madison :)

Cinda Baxter, The 3/50 Project said...

Could help but chime in to say thanks for the great blog post! Every voice out there counts....

Big ol’ high five to everyone supporting the little guys out there,

Cinda Baxter
Founder
The 3/50 Project

christina said...

I haven't been so excited about anything for a long time! I'll be posting about it soon on my blog. So glad I stumbled upon your blog. :)

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