Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Made In The USA

You may want to open up a new window and play this sucker while you read this post.

I've been suddenly obsessed with seeing if products are made in the US. I think it all started a few months ago when my mom and I were at the grocery store and she grabbed some tomatoes that were about 10 cents more than the ones in the bin next to them. I asked her why she didn't grab the ones that were cheaper and she said, "The ones I picked say that they are grown in the US-if we want more jobs in the United States we have to support the ones that are already here."

Well that blew my head clean off.
Could it be that I have never really thought of this before?! I mean, I consider myself a patriotic gal-huge fan of the United States yet here I am not choosing American made products. Well, that doesn't seem right. But it also seems like something really simple to change. Since that conversation with my mom I have been much more aware of the origin of the products that I bring in to our home. I am constantly flipping things over with a mini drum roll in my head while I search for the "made in" stamp. When it says "Made In America" I have a mini celebration in my head and when it doesn't say that I wonder if there is an American made option that I can choose next time I shop.

So as the holidays are breathing down our necks with peppermint scented breath I am making it a point to buy gifts that are....(say it with me) Made In America. So far all of my gifts are American in origin and I am going to try my hardest to keep it up. Yes, other countries do great jobs making goods but if given the chance I will choose American made. Consumers need to vote with their dollars and I am voting for the United States. It may seem small but if we all tried to purchase a little more consciously when it comes to the origin of our products it would really make a difference.

Are you conscious of whether or not the things you buy are American made?
Just so yah know OPI and Essie are American companies...phew! That was a close one!

2 comments:

Sarah S {Soxy's Diamond} said...

Sass - I love this post! My friend Sarah (there are so many of us!!) has a great blog all about Made in the USA products: http://madeinusachallenge.com/about/ and there are also some good boards to follow on Pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/madeinusablog/ (Sarah's pinterest) and http://pinterest.com/buydirectusa/

Stephanie Stuart said...

I've become obessed too! I check every label I can now! it's more important than ever for us to raise our awareness of toys that are Made in the USA! We *must* rethink our purchasing habits! I've recently posted an extensive review of Little Tikes Push & Ride Racer!. I include a lot of photos, pros and cons of the toy, and whether or not I'd buy it again. I sincerely hope this is helpful to someone! http://www.americanmomreview.com/2013/08/little-tikes-push-ride-racer-review.html

 

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