Climate benefits were quantified for five products sold by local companies, by comparing the GHGs associated with these products to similar products sold by multinational businesses. An LCA approach was used to evaluate the emissions in each life cycle of these products including raw material extraction, manufacturing, distribution, retailing, use and disposal.
In every case, the locally grown or made product resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction benefit (5% to 66%) compared to imported products. Vancity received media attention for the Shop Local campaign which showcased both the climate and economic benefits. In addition, local companies that participated were able to promote their businesses using the climate benefits report that Ostrom prepared.