Buy British – 10 Reasons to buy British-made products
Why should you buy British? There’s a whole host of benefits to buying British-made products. Let us tell you our top 10 reasons why you should choose UK-made.
The last two years have been like no other in living memory and will go down in history as a time that many people saw huge changes in their lives.
Local and national lockdowns in the UK, supply chain issues, delivery problems and an increased awareness of climate change has made many rethink how we shop, and what we buy.
Let’s take this opportunity, while we are changing our shopping habits, to really think carefully about our purchasing decisions.
Here are our 10 reasons why you should buy British-made products where you can.
1. You are supporting British craftsmanship when you buy British-made
Many of the products made in Britain are created by hand. Using skills that have been passed down through generations. Think woodworking, glass blowing, weaving and knitting. Actively seek out something not mass-produced to support skills and craftsmanship.
2. You are investing in something of quality that will last
Buying British-made products may sometimes cost more, but because they are often better made the cost-per-use or wear is actually much lower. This means you’ll have invested in something that can last for years.
3. A British-made product is often more unique
Products manufactured in the UK are usually produced on a much smaller scale than things made overseas. So you are less likely to be buying what everyone else has.
4. You are being a product that doesn’t come with a huge carbon footprint
Have you ever stopped to think how mass-produced foreign imports get from the factory to the shop floor? It’s not likely to be on a slow boat from China these days. More often than not it has flown here from the other side of the world leaving a massive carbon footprint behind it.
5. By buying British products you are creating employment for UK workers
When you buy goods that have been manufactured in Britian you are helping keep skills in the UK and boosting the British economy by keeping people in jobs here.
6. You are nurturing home-grown talent
In times of recession many designers leaving college can’t get jobs working for big companies. Many set up their own brands in order to continue doing what they love. By buying their products you are helping to keep the retail market in the UK exciting and vibrant.
7. When you buy British products you are buying something made locally
Isn’t it better to give something where you know its provenance and where it’s come from and who made it?
8. You are preserving the future of British manufacturing
By actively seeking out products made in Britain you are helping to keep the skill of manufacturing alive in this country. The UK would be a much duller place if everyone worked in a service industry.
9. You are spreading the word about buying British products to others
The more people come to realise that we do still make things here, the more they will seek them out. And an increasing demand by customers for things made in the UK would force retailers to think twice about where they source their products from.
10. You are making excuses if you say that you can’t find any British products
It has never been easier to buy British. Just check out our British Brand Directory for starters.