Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015 by Will Hagle
MadeClose is a celebration of American companies producing within the United States.
One of the best things about shopping on the web is that you can buy products from all over the world. No matter where you live, you can support an entrepreneur thousands of miles away. MadeClose offers a different online shopping experience, but it’s just as important for creators and consumers. True to the site’s name, all of the products offered on MadeClose were created close to a local community. They also have to pass the site’s strict guidelines for production. That means, they must be handcrafted, USDA organic, free range, cruelty free, GMO free and made to order. They also must be created in America. When you buy something from the site, the idea is that you’re supporting the local community of artists, entrepreneurs and makers.
MadeClose has a unique concept that could potentially be applied to cities worldwide, but the site is currently limited in the amount of communities it features. As of now, there are community guides for Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan and Upstate New York. Each guide features recommendations for the best places to find locally made products, coffee, beer, food and makers. There’s a wealth of information about each location that can help locals get the most out of their city or neighborhood. In terms of the overall products offered on MadeClose, it’s possible to find items made by makers in Maine, Kentucky, California, Arizona and several other states. The items you buy don’t literally have to be made close to you, but it is nice to know that your purchase is supporting the creator’s local community.