Posts Tagged ‘“A Year Without ‘Made in China’”’

In the U.S., Saturday, Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday, a day when shoppers are encouraged to shop at small, usually local businesses.  I work part time at a small business, a tea shop called SereneTeaz, and I know how important these businesses are to vibrant communities and to both owners and employees. Shameless plug: Just to show you don’t have to shop local on Saturday or any other day to support a small business, we ship anywhere in the continental US and if you spend over $50, shipping is free and if you check out the website and watch, you’ll see me.  🙂

Whether or not you live in the US, shopping at local businesses is a great way to support the community around you.  But as the holidays approach, I want to take one day to challenge you to participate in another way.

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Seems like people either love or hate Walmart. Whichever your side, this post isn’t trying to change your mind except on one point. I’m going to talk about something that’s annoyed me for a long time, the claim that nothing in Walmart is made in America; it’s all from China.

 

It’s true. Much of what is at Walmart comes from China. That’s not what annoys me.

Let me ask you this. Have you checked the tags or “Made in ______” labels other stores? If so, you know they do not say “Made in America” and almost all of them do say “Made in China”, whether appliances, utensils, clothing, knick knacks, or anything else.

When my husband moved to Naperville and needed kitchen items, I went to Target and decided to buy things made in America. I looked at virtually every single kitchen utensil and item in the store that he needed (as well as some he didn’t need) and about two were sporting “Made in America” labels. That’s two individual items, not two brands. Kitchen Aid; surely that’s made in America. No. Oxo? No. All the other brands. No.

Look at clothing labels. Very few of them say “Made in America”. If they don’t say “Made in China”, they’re likely made in another Asian country or sometimes in a central American one. Once in awhile, I find something at the thrift store that’s made in America. I like that. The Suave lotion in my kitchen says “Made in the USA” on the back. Take a look at things around your house or apartment? What do you see that’s made here or at least not in China? I’d love to know.

If you’re interested in what appliances are made in America, here’s a place you can look:

http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/appliances.html

Clothing made in America:

http://americansworking.com/clothing.html

A report on the costs of domestically made furniture and appliances:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/made-america-domestically-made-furniture-appliances-cost-imported/story?id=13049571#.T02WAvVqSSo

“These websites are devoted to American companies or to sourcing where the everyday products you use are from. Use the links below and our interactive map to find companies near you”:

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/MadeInAmerica/made-america-resource-guide-find-american-companies/story?id=13057404#.T02WTfVqSSo

I read a fascinating book about trying NOT to buy things made in China, “A Year Without ‘Made in China’”, by Sara Bongiorni. Shoes and toys were difficult as were flip flops. Even buying gifts for children’s birthday parties was difficult. Read the book; you’ll enjoy it as well as sharing in her frustration. In the end, finding a thoughtful, middle ground was, as in so many other areas of life, the solution for the Bongiornis.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/06/28/us-books-madeinchina-idUSN2425061320070628

Whatever your beef with Walmart, one I don’t believe is legitimate is that they only sell things “Made in China.” If that’s something you want to avoid, you’ll be much better richer, because you won’t be doing much shopping, at Walmart or anywhere else.