Asked about sustainability by IKEA

I was asked about the sustainability of my leather belts. There is endless material on sustainability and leather on the Internet. So much so that if I told the lady from IKEA interviewing me that my belts were sustainable, will she believe me, really?

But herein lies a definition of sustainability that is likely overlooked: the viability of a local business that manufactures its own products in its motherland. This reply is best tested by a thought experiment: what happens if this manufacturer goes under?

What use is the definition of sustainability in its most commonly perceived manner if the local manufacturer does not survive?

A local branch of a multinational company purchasing from a local manufacturer is a sustainable decision.

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