Choosing organic artisan-made products has a monumental influence that extends far beyond the single transaction.
From the positive effects on our environment, to the reduction of toxin exposure to honoring generational traditions, your choice of handcrafted and organic has never been so important.
Choosing Handcrafted & Organic:
Employs Hardworking American Artisans
Artisan businesses are a proven source of job creation. According to the SBA, “Small businesses continue to be incubators for innovation and employment growth…(and) play a vital role in the economy of the United States. They produced 46 percent of the private, nonfarm GDP in 2008…”
The SBE Council states “firms with less than 20 workers made up 89.4% of businesses (in 2014)".
Choosing artisan-made goods stimulates the need to hire employees right here at home.
Decreases Harmful Chemical Exposure
The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 allowed over 60,000 chemicals currently in use to be passed through without extensive safety testing, and in some cases, no safety testing at all. These chemicals are found in your skincare, cleaning products and food. With 49.4 million Americans currently suffering from eczema or atopic dermatitis, the choice of organic skincare, for one, is very clear. (source)
Protects Cultural Traditions
Working with our hands seems to be a lost art. Learning from our elders and teaching our children how to render tallow, sew a shirt or grow a garden are essential to life.
The way the hands and tools carve a piece of cedar cannot be taught from a book. The finesse of the soap maker’s pour must be handed down through experience. Purchasing handcrafted goods encourages this interaction between the generations and protects age-old traditions. (that's my mom and kiddos in the image below...I just love them!)
Organic farming uses no pesticides. It preserves the biodiversity of the land. It reduces the amount of contaminants in our water, soil and air. It also provides a respite area for the bees as they are exposed to more and more chemicals used today in agriculture. Bees are the foundation of our food chain. Let that sink in.
As stewards of the land, it is our responsibility to protect, nurture and preserve the land for the next generations. Not supporting corporations that place profit over the environment helps save our planet from the destructive forces currently waged against nature.
Whenever you have the choice, choose organic, certified or not.
Supports the Family Business Ecosystem
Husband and wife operations are more likely to work with other husband/wife operations as they understand the commitment and networking it takes to make their businesses successful.
Purchasing just one bar of our soap, for example, supports the following husband and wife teams:
- The ranch that raises the grass-fed cattle. (see ranchers in image below)
- The butcher that processes the cattle, providing us with the suet (fat) for rendering.
- We who render the fat, then use it to craft quality soap and body butters.
- The event organizers who create markets for us to connect with buyers.
- …and many more teams via our suppliers of raw organic ingredients.
As you can see, just one bar of our handcrafted soap supports an entire ecosystem of families.
One purchase – HUGE DIFFERENCE!
Casts a Strong Vote … AND ITS WORKING!
Corporations are feeling the burn of lost profits as consumers gravitate towards truly natural artisan products, such as handcrafted organic skincare.
“When the 2008 global financial crisis drove markets down, demand for artisan products kept growing – doubling in value from just six years before. Today, it’s an estimated $32 billion a year industry.” (source)
Unfortunately, corporate giants are now touting natural, handmade-looking labels while using the same poisons as before.
SHOW THEM YOU ARE SMARTER THAN THAT – READ LABELS AND CHOOSE ORGANIC!
Honors Our Uniqueness – A Refreshing Break From The Norm
Mass-produced, factory-farmed products are boring. There, I said it.
There’s no character, no artistic diversity, no authenticity. Handcrafted artisanal products are rich in character and charm. They flaunt their tiny flaws and quirks like a badge of honor. They invoke a sense of pride and realness that factory-produced products cannot compete with.
As in the case of our organic skincare line, you can actually FEEL the craftsmanship and passion every time you lather down or lotion up. There’s simply nothing like it in the universe.
Read Labels. Vote With Your Dollar. Be That Change!