Walk into any big-box store, pick up an item at random off the shelf, and look at the label. Chances are you’ll see the same three words on the tag: “Made in China.” Depending on the product, it might read “Made in Mexico” or “Made in Taiwan” – but it almost certainly won’t say “Made in the USA.”
Reasons to buy American Made Products
- Jobs - U.S. lost a total of 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between 1998 and 2013, partly because of the Great Recession, but mostly because of trade imbalances with foreign nations like China and Mexico.
- Lower Carbon Footprint - Products made overseas have a higher carbon footprint than U.S.-made goods. Goods made in China or India have to be shipped all the way across the ocean to reach American stores, burning fossil fuel and spewing out greenhouse gases with every mile they travel.
- Health - The lack of environmental and safety regulations overseas doesn’t just put foreign workers at risk – it can also threaten the health of American consumers. In 2007, dozens of types of children’s toys made in China were recalled because they were unsafe. Some posed a choking hazard, while others contained dangerous chemicals like lead paint and kerosene.
- A Stronger Economy - Buying American-made goods doesn’t just support the workers who make those goods. Its benefits also ripple out through the entire economy. When American factories prosper, they hire American construction firms to expand their buildings, American accounting firms to handle their money, and American energy suppliers to provide them with power. Every U.S. manufacturing job supports an additional 1.4 jobs in other parts of the economy
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Apparel Fanatic Team