Native, Locally Sourced/Produced Materials Vs Imported Ones

Gazebos can be made from a number of different materials and combinations of both natural and man-made materials. But they can also be made from locally sourced native plants, stones, timber and other materials or imported ones. Whether to choose those made from locally sourced/produced materials or imported ones is of course up to you and your personal preferences. But before making the final decision, there are a few things to consider, including:

1. Quality of the materials. As we are getting flooded by cheap imports, many people associate them with poor quality. However, not everything that comes from overseas is inferior to locally sourced/produced materials. For example, many exotic types of wood are superior to the native wood species, especially when it comes to the ability to withstand the exposure to outdoor elements. What is more, many imported gazebo materials are naturally resistant to rain, temperature changes, insects and other potentially damaging elements. In contrast, those originating from the UK have to be protected with special coatings and even then, they are not as durable as their imported counterparts.

2. Impact on the environment. In general, locally sourced and produced goods/materials are less damaging to the environment than the imported ones. They are typically sourced/produced/grown in a sustainable way and aren't shipped over large distances, which means that their carbon footprint is much lower. Despite that, there is no need to feel guilty just because you chose a gazebo that is made from imported materials. But only under condition that it comes with a guarantee/certificate that the materials were produced/sourced in an environmentally-friendly way.

3. Impact on the economy. By buying locally produced goods, you are supporting the local economy. By buying imported ones, most of your money obviously goes to foreign producers. But what is perhaps the most disturbing is that the workers who made the product usually see very little of that money. To support ethical trading and help producers in the developing countries get a fair share of the price, consider buying products featuring “fair trade” or similar labelling that stands for more equality in global trade and economy.

4. Cost. Rather than country of origin, the cost depends on factors such as quality of the material(s) and manufacture. As a result, not all imported products are a cheaper alternative to the locally produced ones. But it is also true that for the same amount of money, imports usually offer more and better quality than those manufactured locally.