Every Ebac product is made in the UK
Ebac believes it’s important to manufacture products we consume in the UK. There are many economic, consumer, ethical and environmental benefits.
The economic benefits of UK manufacturing
Every time we buy a product from another country, our currency ‘leaks’ into the other countries economy – making it stronger and ours weaker. For some products like bananas – it’s unavoidable. For others – like washing machines and dehumidifiers we should be manufacturing in the UK. Ebac’s support of UK manufacturing is not political – it’s just very practical and economically based.
Consumer benefits of UK manufacturing
Consumer preferences vary enormously around the world. Large Asian exporters tend to make one product that they ship around the world – the same configuration and specification regardless of the individual requirements of that country. UK focused manufacturers can tailor a product to the specific requirements of the UK market.
The carbon footprint created by shipping products from other countries to the UK is quite surprising. If we take a washing machine for example. A washing machine weighs around 90kg. Shipping from Turkey, China or Poland has up to 10x the carbon emissions compared to a washing machine made in County Durham.
There are two main issues with buying a washing machine from a location you don’t know. One of the main reasons large corporations use developing countries is that they pay people less, worker conditions are generally much poorer, and workers have little or no working rights. The second reason is that any waste and pollution created in the manufacturing process is not handled with the same controls and rigour as in the UK, thus creating more pollution.