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  • How do we think global warming will impact on the craft sector. Last summer we had scorching temperatures keeping the public away from shows and making uncomfortable in the marquees and we're having one of the warmest and wettest winters on record. In the longer term we could see large parts of the u.k. under water due to rising sea levels and huge numbers of ecological refugees from Africa and Southern European countries where it may be too hot to sustain humanity. It all sort of ties in with ethical and green consumerism which I read is worth some £30 billion a year and can help reduce the impact of climate change. I think we in the craft world set a good example in terms of producing goods locally from local and sustainable materials and on a small scale. LC
    13 Jan '07 - 11.07am
  • Ultimately I think we may all be forced into a realisation that no matter how easy it is to hold governments and multinationals responsible, we're all complicit in destroying the planet: ignorance is no defence! If we're honest, I bet most of us would be just as happy with much less stuff than we have, yet most of us waste the only commodity that any of us really have - time - earning money that we don't need, to buy things that won't really make us happy, and which damage the earth at some point in their production. If we are all forced by circumstances to change our lives in ways that make us not just greener, but also challenge us to find new ways to continue to grow without endlessly consuming, then we may find that saving the earth could make us all a bit happier into the bargain!
    20 Jan '07 - 12.05am
  • LC - I think you're right. Just as local food markets have been growing in popularity in the last few years, it would be wonderful to see a public awareness that buying high quality locally-sourced crafts may cost more money, but they bring benefits in terms of reducing unnecessary transport of goods and the associated pollution, keeping local money circulating in the local community, and replacing mass-market goods with unique, individually made items which can often be altered to suit the buyers' requirements. It makes sense for makers to flag up their green credentials and do all they can to tap into this market.
    20 Jan '07 - 12.15pm
  • Strangely I was discussing these very issues with my family last night and we pinpointed the importance of craftspeople promoting their sustainable credentials to increase sales and public interest in eco-friendly spending. What about an article in Craftsman exploring the subject?
    29 Jan '07 - 10.53am
  • I think you are right about telling people that your products are made from sustainable souces. I find the fact that almost all roses that are bought from supermarkets and petrol stations have traveled from Africa because they are cheaper and do the public care.
    One of the best solutions would be to educate the public by telling them.
    29 Jan '07 - 11.21am
  • Sustainability and ethical production is an issue which is very dear to my heart but I struggle to find a pallatable way to discuss it in relation to my work. I make felt and spin yarn and animal welfare is top of my agenda. Many people don't realise that wool production can be exceptionally cruel and are unaware of practices such as mulesing. I think it's extremely important to draw attention to the fact that textiles and other crafts can be produced just as cruelly as battery farming but struggle to find a way to communicate that to my customers without being too gruesome. It needs to be done though.
    27 Feb '07 - 5.49pm
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