As a shopper have you ever asked yourself ” Why should I be buying handmade” ? I am certain it is a question that has crossed your mind more than once, either in a positive or negative fashion.
Yes, I am a handmade artist. I call myself an artist because i create new clothing of old clothing by upcycling them. I also call myself a fashion designer and a seamstress, but in the end it is fun and unique not to be defined by just one title. I am a huge supporter of handmade artists not just because it is unique, a timeless tradition, etc, but because it actually helps our earth! How you ask? Work done by hand creates less energy than a mass production assembly line, therefore it makes it extremely environmentally sustainable. Also , smaller scale production is almost always a higher quality, and materials are sourced locally. As I mentioned above I up-cycle old into new, so the ‘materials’ I source are saved from going into the landfill. The balance small business website offers these startling statistics regarding waste:
” More than 15 million tons of used textile waste is generated each year in the United States, and the amount has doubled over the last 20 years. In 2014, over 16 million tons of textile waste was generated, according to the U.S. EPA. Of this amount, 2.62 million tons were recycled,3.14 million tons were combusted for energy recovery, and 10.46 million tons were sent to the landfill. An average American throws away approximately 80 pounds of used clothing per person. On average, nationally, it costs cities $45 per ton to dispose of old clothing. Synthetic clothing may take hundreds of years to decompose. “
These are just a few of the many reasons that you should be buying handmade. We live in a world where so many things are mass produced that when the option is available to buy handmade, you should utilize that. Handmade can and SHOULD become the new american manufacturing. When you buy handmade multiple times over throughout a community, a city can find a new life. Handmade does not buy and sell in the same way as large corporations. We are living in a world of false economy,it is profit on a page but it is not profit in reality, and there is much proof to back up that statement. So next time you are looking for a gift for a friend, or something for yourself please consider handmade as the alternative to help us keep our crafting skills alive, create thriving communities, pass on our skills to a younger generation, protect what is left of our earth and so much more.
I will leave this post with a quote i heard recently that was a play on words and really made me smile at the cleverness of it:
” Earth without art is just eh”
*Fashion Designer*Creator*Unicorn Whisperer*