Regardless of your personal values or political affiliation, you probably favor products made in America. I am trying to avoid purchasing from developing nations that utilize sweatshop labor, have little or no safety standards, and have no environmental regulations. Buying items made in USA strengthens our own economy, building our manufacturing sector, helps us protect our families from products contaminated with toxic chemicals, and minimizes our exploitation of third world countries.
Here is a list of my top five reasons for seeking out products made in America.
This one is pretty obvious. Buying a larger percentage of products made in USA helps stimulate the economy through the creation of new jobs, reinvestment of our money and creates a demand for more companies to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
When products are made overseas there is little to no regulation of working conditions. Sweatshops are notorious for child labor, forced labor and other human rights violations. Buying products made in America is a good way to avoid supporting these grave labor atrocities.
Most countries manufacturing goods for sale in the USA do not have environmental protections laws, or they are not enforced. Companies that keep their manufacturing in the US are subject to EPA regulations to help protect the land, air and water. Additionally, a made in USA product’s carbon footprint is smaller because it has less less distance to travel.
Items made in China have become infamous for massive safety recalls. Products made in America are tested and inspected for safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This helps protect our families from dangers posed by toxins, health risks and safety hazards.
Buying locally strengthens our communities. Supporting local shops helps promote the work of local craftsmen, small business owners and the future of manufacturing in America. When purchasing goods made closer to home, a larger percentage of profits are reinvesting in the community they are sold in.
Why do you think buying made in USA is important? Would you add anything to the list? Are you ready to join the made in USA challenge ?