The reality of the dearth of manufacturing in Australia in items relating to packaging has hit home. The monopoly and dependence on one country beyond Australia for most of the products sold here is becoming more and more evident.
This issue is not a simple one. It involves big politics, macro-economics and a host of other factors that I am not entirely clear about. But at the ground level, for a small business like mine I am beginning to understand this. I am subject to the lack of Australian made jars and containers because most of the manufacturing has been outsourced to distant lands for maximum profit.
The major thrust of my business being more about localisation, I am beginning to seen more and more the downside of globalisation. I don’t deny that there have been fantastic benefits of open trade but I am questioning the sustainability of this approach.
My attention has now been drawn to the search of Australian manufacturers. This is easier for raw products and items on the handcrafted and artisanal level but much more difficult for other industries.
I believe lessons are being learned and there is a drive to bring back local manufacturing. My aim is to continue to tap into this movement in small but steady steps.