It’s amazing to see people from all walks of life throwing their support and buying power behind local agriculture. Movements like “Eat Local” and “Shop Local,” community farmers’ markets, and farm to table restaurants are all boosting local farm families in East Tennessee and across the U.S.

But did you know that local agriculture isn’t just for food? Materials produced on local farms are used for a variety of purposes and products. Agricultural fiber for sustainable packaging, like Genera’s Earthable® brand, is just one example of a non-food local farm product.

Committing to buy local for products that you can’t put in your mouth might not be as delicious as shopping the Saturday farmers’ market, but it’s a conscientious choice that supports your local economy. Here’s why it makes sense.

Simplify the Supply Chain

Have you ever considered where the disposable products you use every day come from? Whether you’re carrying home take-out in a Styrofoam container or you use a paper plate at a local picnic, it’s likely that product came from far away or even overseas.

When products that perform as well as their overseas counterparts can be produced in your local area, why sink time and resources into importing them? Buying local simplifies the supply chain, avoids international issues like trade disputes, and supports local employment.

Conserve Resources