LocalLess than 30 years ago, about 70% of the clothing products consumed in Canada were made locally. By 2004, however, imported goods supplied over 60% of Canada's clothing market, and that number has since grown.
Locally-crafted goods are goods that have been sewn, manufactured or crafted in the country that the business is based in. Producing locally allows for brands to cut out carbon emissions that would be otherwise produced during transportation of internationally-produced goods. Local production also enables brands to be more flexible thanks to shorter lead times, allowing them to be more responsive to consumer demand and thus reducing the amount of waste produced by the brand. Furthermore, local production greatly benefits local communities by adding diversity to their economic ecosystems and supporting a myriad of people within those communities.