Supporting local artisans and craftspeople is a great way to keep your community and local economy thriving- handmade items are often constructed with better quality and less waste than mass-produced items, saving money and natural resources. Clothing made by a local designer does not need to be transported across the country, saving fuel resources, lessening pollution, and creating the knowledge that the clothing was manufactured with fair labor practices. Purchasing your furniture from a local builder allows for first-hand knowledge about the wood coming from a sustainable source rather than endangered tropical woods or over-harvested timber. Many areas have regular art and craft fairs where artisans can display and sell their handiworks, some items may be made of recycled materials as well. For imported art and handicrafts, look for the Fair Trade Certification.