Naturally, you would assume that I'm only a proponent of this because I have my own handmade shop. NOT (entirely) TRUE! You see, handmade has been important to me since I was a wee girl, watching my mother and grandmother stitch away, sew, crochet, knit or even create silly little dioramas in blown out egg shells that had been lacquered up with festive paint.
Handmade is in my blood!
I think you should all think about jumping on the bandwagon this "Holiday Season". Go to a local craft fair and buy those stocking stuffers that you usually leave until the last minute and buy at Target (to the detriment of small children in China, no doubt). Buy your parents a lovely something-or-other from a local artisan. Or shop on Etsy.com! It's really easy to do!
Here's why BuyHandmade.org thinks you should buy handmade, this year and always: Buying handmade is better for people, better for the environment, and better for giving truly special and well-crafted gifts. The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us all dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. The connection between producer and consumer has been lost. Buying handmade helps them reconnect.
We encourage all consumers to be aware of the social and environmental implications of their purchases.
Below is a list of resources that can get you started in the right direction:
http://www.coopamerica.org/: Co-op America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. Their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
http://www.sweatfree.org/: A Network For Local action against Sweatshops
http://ilsr.org/: The Institute For Local Self-Reliance. The Institute’s mission is to provide the conceptual framework, strategies and information to aid the creation of ecologically sound and economically equitable communities.
http://www.dmoz.org/Society/Issues/Business/Allegedly_Unethical_Firms/Wal-Mart/ : See what Walmart is up to in your community