We all want to buy local, but is that even possible with planners?
I try to buy planners and notebooks that are made in the UK and USA whenever possible. But it's rare to find products that are made exclusively from materials in these countries.
One example: Monday I was extremely thrilled to go to a Philofaxy meetup at the Letts factory in Dalkeith, Scotland. I'll have a detailed post about it next week, it was fantastic! I was very interested to see their on-site printing facility. I love that many (about 60% if I remember that detail correctly) of their diary products are printed and bound right here in Scotland. But their paper comes from elsewhere in Europe, and they ship diary products all over the world. So they aren't completely local.
Another example: Quo Vadis planners are printed in the US. But their paper comes from France and the covers are made in Canada. They use very strict environmental policies, which is excellent, but there is still international shipping involved.
Another example: my own planner is printed and bound in Singapore using paper from Japan, and shipped all over the world.
As wonderful as it would be to buy a planner/ diary that was made entirely from (relatively) local materials, I wonder if it exists anywhere? Does anyone know of a planner or notebook brand where all the materials are from one country?
One thing that I do appreciate no matter where the raw materials come from is that these companies are keeping jobs in Scotland/ UK/ USA when it would probably be cheaper to outsource them somewhere else. Many of the employees at Letts have worked there for decades, and I really appreciate that they are still able to keep their jobs.
Does it matter to you where your planner/ diary and notebooks are made?
And as always on Fridays, feel free to discuss, ask questions about, or generally chat about anything planner-related!