We all know global warming is a big problem but can we continue just blaming the big corporations and oil companies for their obvious plunder to the planet?
The current economic model is broken, globalisation has taken us so far away from the how things used to be produced in cottage industries into these huge monolithic organisations that plunder the world for every possible resource. Stripping the earth for the raw materials to produce the cheapest possible products, manufactured across multiple countries and shipped across multiple contents all in the name of profit.
Why don’t we all share some of the responsibilities of climate change when we make decisions on why we buy. Most people just consider the design, quality and price when buying something, however design and quality are clearly important but when considering the price why not consider the true price to the environment in terms of the manufacturing, distribution and shipping of that product?
The short term thinking of the price you pay is simply not the true total price. The longer we live our lives dis attaching ourselves from the cause and effect of our consumption on the environment, the higher that cost is going to be for all of us.
Organisations like Fab City are focused on cities around the world producing all the goods they need by 2054. Considering cities consume nearly all our resources, this makes total sense.
It is feasible to produce most of what we need. There are already thousands of small fabricators using 3D printers, CNC machines and vertical crop farmers producing what we all need from consumer goods, bespoke furniture, art commissions to local food production.
We should all think about buying presents, gifts, furniture and food from local providers. A simple Google search for bespoke furniture London for example will produce many results of artisans in your area who can build you something like a bespoke table, bespoke lights, bespoke radiator covers, bespoke shelves designed to your exact needs using sustainably sourced UK manufactured plywood either made for you by hand, using real love and care with traditional tools to using the latest technology and parametric design and a CNC machine (like a huge 3d printer for wood) to manufacture the furniture locally minimising on the environmental impact significantly and making you something that is timeless unlike Ikea furniture.
We aim to make the whole process far easier, just visit the website and sketch what you want made or send in a design, they then turn that into a 3D deign and get it manufactured using traditional or CNC machinery locally.
Best thing we are also a Social Enterprise, meaning they focus is on People & Planet before Profit and they reinvest 51% of their profits into supporting reducing climate change and other projects that support society.