The Australian manufacturing industry has been through decades of change and varying support. With the rise in overseas manufacturing at lower cost with questionable ethical practice, we are finally starting to see a resurgence towards the higher quality and well renowned Australian Made name.
Alongside the campaign for the green and gold kangaroo - Australian Made certification - locally manufactured goods are known for their quality, service and overall customer experience, whilst benefiting many factors such as local economics and environmental sustainability.
321 Water and Uppercup are two leading Australian made brands in the area of sustainability and waste minimisation through reducing single use plastics. The industry of sustainability is one that still has a lot of work to be done as companies continue to brand themselves as being great for the environment (through their use) whilst having no accountability for their manufacturing process.
In 2019, the next step in the right direction would be further government assistance and incentives for businesses to invest their money locally and more sustainably. Australian manufacturing has time and again proven it's worth in the market, with financial benefits the only thing lacking. We are poised to make a great impact through further support within the Australian manufacturing industry both in the way of job opportunities and with further demand comes more opportunity for competitive prices.
We challenge you as conscious consumers to get in touch with your favourite brands and query them on their manufacturing origin and supply chain process. The want for change needs to come from both sides of the coin (supplier and consumer) to become plausible.