Support Scottish manufacturing

Many of our products are produced abroad, and in an unregulated environment.  If home-based production had greater support, then goods could be produced in a more environmentally friendly way.

There could also be regulation gradually phased in, to make sure a product was fit for purpose.  We desperately need to move away from cheap items that don't really do the job and break quickly, to well made, simple and affordable alternatives.  This would in time boost the 2nd hand/ pre-loved/ resale markets as items would more suitable for a longer lifespan.  

I'm thinking specifically of clothing production, but this really applies to all sectors.  

Why the contribution is important

Production creation brings with it a huge carbon footprint.  Often this environmental impact is shifted onto poorer countries who have less of an ability to regulate the way in which items are made.  The environmental impact of clothing production in the last decade has increased massively and a really positive way of addressing this and creating jobs, is to support Scottish-based production.  

by daniellemacdonald on October 21, 2020 at 09:26PM

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  • Posted by MacCallum October 22, 2020 at 06:50

    Privileging local and national manufacturing and procurement will also reduce 'freight miles' and carbon emissions, and this should be considered as part of all contracting and procurement guidance.
  • Posted by lesliesoulfire October 23, 2020 at 11:58

    I agree, but to achieve this takes massive political will. Procurement is in fact in the hands of politicians whose best friends are CEOs of global corporate enterprises. This set up has to be dismantled in order to allow resources to be produced and sourced locally.
  • Posted by urysteve20steve October 25, 2020 at 14:44

    This is fundermental to a Just Transition. The STUC and Common Weal have produced a number of recent reports setting out the case for supporting Scottish manufacturing as part of a Just Transition.
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