I’ve wanted to talk about the concept of supporting only American made goods since before we even had a website up to write about it on. When it comes to finding solutions to the low standards most of the goods we consume are held to, I don’t feel that Made in USA is the only answer. As we’ve hinted at in our globally inspired goods list, the shop local solution is an answer, but it’s not the only answer. It’s an answer to an enormous question that every single country has some part in answering, which is how to create a global economy that works for everyone.
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There are a lot of reasons to support the Made in America movement, one of course being local job creation. And another being, simply put, pride. But I also think a lot of this desire to buy local comes from the fact that we know so little about other countries and how goods are made there. We don’t necessarily think of the monumental influence the US has had on the status quo. Why aren’t the working conditions in other countries held to the standards they are here, for example? It’s because US based companies don’t want to pay fair wages or follow our own environmental regulations (which might be a moot point pretty quickly here). The reason people don’t buy USA made goods is because USA based companies have encouraged us not to with low prices, fast turnaround, and high selection.