Human impact on the environment is, without a doubt, a universally important subject and, naturally, our impact on the environment has found its way into many aspects of our everyday lives, particularly in the consumer choices we make. Decades of rampant consumerism has created increasingly competitive manufacturers who value fast, cheap, and bulk production processes. Though this type of competitive manufacturing offers consumers aisles and aisles of products to choose from, it has created a completely unsustainable dependence on fossil fuels and other natural resources, such as water, as well as overwhelmingly contributing to toxic waste generation, pollution, and global warming.
It is difficult to imagine our small, everyday choices contribute to such large-scale environmental problems. But, unfortunately, they do. Our choices as consumers drive the waves of popular demand that manufacturers and retailers are more than willing to fulfill. Creating a demand for greener, more sustainable manufacturing processes as well as eco-friendly packaging and products starts now. Choosing handmade products over mass-manufactured products is a great way to start your journey of environmentally-conscious consumerism.
Handmade is Green and Sustainable
Handmade goods require less energy and natural resources, which result in significantly lower carbon footprints than items made on mass-production assembly lines. In addition, many mass-production items are also made overseas, which require long-distance shipping to get to the consumer. This results in more fossil fuels used, more carbon emissions released, and higher risks for toxic waste spills in the ocean. Handmade products in the USA don’t require as intensive shipping and support the American workforce at the same time. Buying local, handmade products not only strengthens communities, but it gives consumers the opportunity to actively use and reuse a quality product rather than constantly buying new replacements.
Handmade Puts Jobs on the Market and Helps Communities around the World
A market for handmade products provides real, living wages to skilled artisans worldwide. Providing fair, sustainable wages empowers artisans to care for themselves and their families, creating healthier, happier communities around the globe. Fawn Organics has partnered with non-profit organizations to bring these artisan-crafted items to its customers, helping small communities thrive in both Africa and India. Fawn Organics’ beautiful Enkiteng Bags are made using traditional Kenyan fabric called Kitenge. The colorful fabric provides an eco-friendly way to wrap presents, but it also supports and empowers the African women crafting these fabrics. Buying their handmade products keeps their skilled craft alive and allows them to pay school fees, for medical care, and food for their families.
Handmade Lasts Longer and Means More
Buying handmade doesn’t just benefit the environment—it has real benefits for consumers. Handmade products are handcrafted with care, precision, and high quality materials that make for longer-lasting products. Unfortunately, it is all too common to come home with a household item or personal accessory that serves its purpose only a few days before breaking and being thrown out. In these moments, it is easy to recognize that we got what we paid for. So why not pay for something only once? Handmade products are crafted to last a lifetime, not a season.
Artisans put genuine thought, effort, and heart into every single one of their handmade creations, and these skillful, creative processes are something we should celebrate and support. Not only do handmade products last longer due to the expert level of craftsmanship and the high quality of materials used, but they are also completely unique and individual to any person who buys or receives them. The rich grain pattern of our olive tree wood measuring spoons, the patina finish on our bronze cuffs, and the pebbled texture of our clay-fired shave brushes cannot be replicated on a conveyor belt. Buying handmade products opens the door to the surprise and enjoyment of finding the unique intricacies and finishes that make a product special and make it yours.
Handmade is Mindful
As both consumers and inhabitants our planet, we need to be aware how our actions influence the bigger picture. By not supporting mass-produced products with unethical sourcing, low-cost labor, and manufacture processes that cause lasting environmental damage, consumers make their voice heard and shift the tendencies in the market.
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