Chapter 10: Local

‘A good local economy is one that is shaped from the inside’

Wendell Berry

Most modern commercial artefacts are sourced internationally, based on what is the most economical production route for each processing step and material component. Though direct costs are certainly balanced with service, reliability, quality and retail timelines, economics is the logic of production and distribution. This logic makes the bottom line the most powerful factor motivating choices about where to produce garments – a factor that takes no account of the knock-on effects on environments, communities and culture; conventional economics simply counts these effects as costs ‘external’ to a corporation’s activity.

For many commentators, the logic ...

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