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It's all about being more localized, self sufficient and thoughtful with what you buy! Let's give the mass produced corporates a run for their money... High Street aren't all bad but do you really want to fund slave labour?
We don't want to lay down the "guilt" card but we all know the extreme poverty that the majority of workers live in which are associated with cheap mass production and that is something very difficult to ignore!
Though we are aware that people need to buy cheaper products...well I for one can not say that I have never bought anything from Primark...because I have! But the important thing is to demand change, pressure companies to check their suppliers and where possible to be supportive of your local makers.
So for this Christmas please be aware of any local independent companies who offer services or any designer makers who sell at a craft fairs! They too are working there little fingers to the bone to make great, original gifts for you and your family to enjoy! It's not easy living solely off what you make and as a designer maker I can vouch for that. But it ain't all bad... consumers are more and more aware of the virtues of buying hand made goods and are definitely not hoodwinked by those naughty companies who use cheap labour and substandard materials.
In no way would I try to compare the standards of living or working as a designer in the UK to that of a worker in a sweat shop in Bangladesh for example... they too need our help and by no means do they deserve to lose their jobs because of an embargo. It's not about that it's about balance and demanding what is right. You can help by taking small steps... like signing petitions -see below- and by contacting any companies/shops that you know have a bad track record with using factories who do not comply with safety and health standards. Get them to take action AND....
So remember check out your local talent... you might just be amazed at the variety and quality of products and services available!