If you are one of the people who wants to make a positive change for the well-being of the environment, who likes durable items that never go out of style and that are especially handmade; then this article is for you. Here we will tell you 5 benefits of buying handmade items!
When we think about eco-friendly we might be only thinking about the materials that have been used or in the actual making of the product, but this term covers a wider spectrum.
Items that are handmade take less energy and natural resources to produce than items made on a mass production assembly line. Many of the items massed-produced are manufactured overseas which will require 1) require long-distance shipping to get to the consumer and 2) a waste in materials that might not be re-usable. Since handmade items aren’t produced in large quantities, we can rest assured that there's a good usage of the resources being employed.
Better for the economy
Buying handmade products can also create jobs and strengthen the economy. Handmade goods are typically created by small organizations or businesses, and small business growth is good for everyone. Studies have shown that shifting even just 10% of consumer spending in any given industry to locally-owned businesses would create hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in local wages.
Preservation and dissemination of ancient arts
Another great benefit is that you will be contributing to the preservation of the culture and heritage of these communities that in most cases come from millenary cultures.
Sometimes big brands take advantage of these ancestral pieces by using their design to create items for their collections. It is imperative that we can credit the actual crafters and you can only do that by buying it from the source.
A piece of culture in your home
A handmade piece is a relic that due to its beauty and longevity, can be passed from generation to generation. This will not only beautify and brighten a space in your home or your outfit, but it will also transport you to that world where the communities live.
It is a piece that will allow you to talk about the culture you visited, the community you supported, or the heritage you contributed to with your purchase.
Unique pieces difficult to replicate
Thanks to its handmade process, each piece will be unique as it is not easy to be reproduced. One thing that we love saying here is that: "In the imperfections lays the beauty".
Purchases you can feel good about
Knowing that your money is going toward a local company that creates products with integrity is invaluable to consumers. At Ekiitaya we make every mochila respecting the heritage and especially co-working with the indigenous people who are well organized in an organization. We allocate 10% of the production that goes directly to this organization and is used for the education and other primary necessities of these communities.
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