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Handmade is Sustainable

When questioned about the significance of handmade items, their higher costs compared to similar products found in mainstream retail stores, or the motivation behind creating them amidst criticism, I often find myself at a loss for words. To address this, I embarked on a journey of research, preparing myself to defend my beliefs against negativity.

So, what truly sets handmade creations apart?

Firstly, it's erroneous to equate handmade goods with those churned out by large corporations – they simply don't operate on the same level. The process of selling, purchasing, and even receiving handmade items differs significantly. How can one compare a mass-produced jar of jam with a homemade preserve crafted from locally sourced fruit, presented in a charmingly recycled jar adorned with a delightful label? The comparison is inherently flawed.

Moreover, purchasing handmade items contributes to sustainability. Mass production relies on bulk buying, which drives down prices, particularly in the procurement of raw materials. I would argue that handmade items are more sustainable than their mass-produced counterparts. While mass production may seem economically advantageous at first glance, it often leads to exploitative labor practices globally, hindering the development and sustainability of communities. This, in turn, necessitates interventions such as loans and aid from wealthier nations, ultimately funded by consumers. Thus, what may appear to be a bargain upfront incurs hidden costs down the line.

In contrast to mass-produced goods, handmade items endure beyond the moment. Each handmade piece possesses a unique quality, much like the individuals inhabiting this world. There's no need for upgrades when something is already perfect. The culture of disposability perpetuated by mass production encourages constant upgrades and replacements, contributing to escalating waste levels. Handmade items stand apart in this regard – they embody perfection in their uniqueness, free from the need for constant replacement.

Additionally, handmade items offer authenticity. While high street stores strive to emulate the handmade aesthetic, their products fall short of the genuine article. Mass production increasingly seeks assistance from small-scale artisans to replicate the allure of handmade goods, but it remains an imitation. Genuine handmade pieces are akin to diamonds, incomparable to their machine-produced counterparts like cubic zirconia. The distinction lies in the authenticity and genuine craftsmanship embodied by handmade creations.


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