Updated: Feb 2
1. Environment Friendly
Work done by hand takes less energy than a mass production assembly line, which makes it more environmentally sustainable.
2. Good for the Job Market.
Another reason you should feel good about spending your money on hand-crafted products? Doing so creates jobs. One study found that shifting just 10 percent of consumer spending in a particular area to locally owned businesses would create hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in local wages.
3. Air of Authenticity.
A number of experiments have shown that people value an object more highly when they are led to believe it contains an “air of authenticity,” for example, if they were told it was a work of art. This means that artisan products, be they jewellery or jam, are perceived to have more value in society.
4. Feel Good About Your Purchases.
Supporting local artisans and their eco-conscious business practices certainly fits the bill.
6. Handcrafted Products Help Communities.
Buying handmade supports local craft industries and people, wherever you buy it. The price you pay for it is exactly what you see – there are no hidden costs. The revenue stays within the country and people are not out of work but working in their business either as individuals or groups. Taxes are paid, money is generated and the overall impact on our economy is huge.
7. Meet Your Needs Better.
Often with handmade goods, you have the option of customizing your purchase. Because you’re often dealing directly with the artisans when you purchase handcrafted products, they might be open to tweaking certain aspects of the product specifically to fit your needs.
8. A Fuller Experience.
Handmade is a celebration of our contemporary lives and our living culture – not a mass-imposed, one-size-fits-all consumer culture where everything looks the same and is easily boxed up. Each handmade item is about people and not machines. It’s about the time and effort that goes into each piece of work. It’s about the skill of each maker, the technical ingenuity of the maker, the magic of an individual’s imagination that provides a fuller “sensory experience.”
9. Handcrafted Products Are Easier to Buy and More Popular Than Ever.
More and more people are embracing handcrafted goods. Buying handmade goods online allows you access to the skills of artisans around the world.
10. Handcrafted Products keep the craft skills alive
When we buy handmade we are helping to ensure traditional making skills are kept alive and creating a demand for education in these skills. The nature of handmade goods means that there are fewer of them, so whatever you’re wearing or eating or adding to your home is as unique as you are.
11. Handcrafted Products Support a Tradition of Skilled Work.
We’ve seen that supporting your local artisan is good for the community, but it’s also good for the art. As technology makes it possible to replace skilled workers with machines it’s important to keep hand-making goods a financially feasible career choice.