Tired of crappy clothes, toys, and other household items made in developing countries by poorly paid workers? I am, and I know many others in the same boat. Maybe I can’t change everything about our global economic system, but one thing I CAN do is change my personal buying habits. Voting with your wallet, as it is known, definitely produces results. Why do you think Wal-Mart is now the largest buyer of organic food in the U.S? Certainly not because the board of directors decided organic food would be good for our diets. 😉
I found a new website today titled buyhandmade.org. I took the pledge, and I encourage you to think about doing it as well. I am not going to make my own shoes or weave my own fabric (yet, anyway!), but I am going to make a make an even more concerted effort to only give handmade items to those I love. I believe that honoring the creativity, time, and effort of others is worthwhile. In this techno-obsessed era, “personal” is starting to gain recognition as a necessary component of our lives and relationships.
How about you? Are you interested in trying to up the percentage of handmade gifts you make or buy for others? I’m in!