San Francisco (DiaalNews) — In the wake of the unthinkable tragedy that was the factory collapse in Bangladesh, a tragedy nearly equal to the WorldTrade Center in scope of death and far more sinister because it was entirely preventable, we western shoppers are obliged to think about the proper response to this outrage.
For far too long now, we have been lulled into believing that the unbelievablely low prices for goods available through the big box shops are a normal and good thing, when in fact they are the result of the continuing exploitation of people all over the world, who in most cases simply dont know that they are being overly abused right up to the moment that they lose their lives sewing.
More and more shoppers are waking up to the fact, that underpriced goods from over there are generally not worth the money and are in fact a deeply expensive use of other peoples time and energy. The move to support goods makers overhere is growing, and with the better techniques and equipment available to small producers, the goods made today can be of fantastic quality at reasonable prices. What this means to those of us who pay attention to how we spend our money, is that the age where we can help improve our local society through shopping is becoming more of a reality.
Take, for example, the emergent company Duncan Inbar.
Developed by two friends with significant experience in large scale international home goods manufacturing, Duncan Inbar has been formed to make and sell short run luxury leather goods at prices that rival large scale overseas productions. How can they do it?
Highly skilled artisans, easy to run direct to consumer website, lower capital start up costs.
This whole operation can produce enough to support a small staff locally and provide the market with substantially better goods than those being shipped in from overthere.
The Duncan Inbar story is not unique. More and more creative businesses are finding that they can find better and easier operation by taking in and using the new production methods that are available or reviving age old crafts.
What does this growing trend mean for now and into the future ? The global race around the world looking for cheaper and cheaper labor production is at the beginning of its end.
Just as the garment districts of the west no longer are dangerous sweat shops, so to will the move to improve local manufacturing in all locales, change the working conditions for people who are now mostly exploited.