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Local First

Local First

We love supporting the local economy

Our love for supporting our local community began when Santos Organics first started trading in bulk foods and fresh produce out of the back of a ute in the late 70s, with everything sourced from local farmers and producers.

As our business grew over the years, we have continued to choose local first and our Ethics team and Santos Organics Care Check ensures that we firstly support our local businesses, growers and producers and product manufacturers before sourcing anything from further afield and keep our product miles as low as possible.

As both a retail store and, more recently, also a not-for-profit social enterprise, we have been inspired by Local Futures and their film “The Economics of Happiness” to see how we can now play a bigger part in building a stronger localised economy to better support our community.

Local Futures describe themselves as “an international non-profit organisation dedicated to renewing ecological and social wellbeing by strengthening communities and local economies world wide”. Their award-winning film, “The Economics of Happiness” is described on their website as a film which “sets out the social, spiritual and ecological costs of today’s global economy while highlighting the multiple benefits of economic localisation.” It is truly an amazing and awe-inspiring film.

We wholeheartedly agree with Local Futures that “Localisation is the best way to repair our ecosystems, our societies and ourselves” and for us as a wholefood store, it is much clearer and easier to see how building a strong local economy can directly reduce our carbon footprint and help everyone around us, where money continually recirculates and builds community prosperity along the way.

Since becoming a not-for-profit social enterprise in 2017, we have been able to donate a portion of our revenue to a number of local charitable organisations with the support of our wonderful customers. See here for more information on the local organisations we proudly support.

In recent years, we have considered more ways in which we can support our local farming community and have worked with several local projects to achieve this goal. We have a few localisation projects in the pipeline working more closely with local organic farmers to ensure food security all year round. We believe that this is an important step towards further reducing our environmental footprint and ensuring the longevity of our resources as a community. Keep an eye on this space for more information on these exciting projects!