Buying Domestic: It’s the American Way

Walk into any store and randomly pick up an item off the shelf, and look at the label. Chances are you’ll see the same three words on the tag: “Made in China” or it might read “Made in Mexico” or “Made in Taiwan” – but it almost certainly won’t say “Made in the USA.”

And now the trend is turning with more than 300 companies have moved production back to the United States since 2010, creating about 240,000 new jobs. As a result, that “Made in USA” label – though still rare – is slowly making its way back onto more products.

Products Made In China – Pt. 1

It’s sometimes difficult for many Americans to grasp just how many companies have exported manufacturing jobs overseas. These are just some of the most unexpected companies that have ditched manufacturing in the good old USA

  • Ray-ban Sunglasses
  • Hush-puppy Shoes
  • Arrow Shirts
  • Woolrich fabrics
  • Barbie Dolls
  • Huffy Bicycles
  • Schwinn Bicycles
  • Fisher-Price Toys
  • Converse Footwear
  • Nike
  • Levi’s Jeans
  • Rawlings Sports
  • Etch-a-sketch
  • Samsonite luggage
  • Dell Computers
  • G.I. Joe figures
  • Black & Decker
  • American Girl

Prefer American Products over Chinese Products

Made in USA clothing is more popular than ever. This is mainly because we are more conscious about the clothing brands we buy from. Are the clothes I’m about to purchase made in China? Does this clothing company use fair labor practices or eco-friendly materials? Lately, these are some important questions conscious buyers are asking themselves before they plug their credit card info into ecommerce clothing stores.

For those of you who weren’t informed, buying made in America clothing avoids protectionism, helps reduce your carbon footprint, and offers a kind of precious sentimentality. Ultimately, buying American made clothing makes us feel like we’re supporting the betterment of our people and the planet by avoiding fast fashion and all that it stands for.

Unfortunately, a majority of top clothing brands are not made in the United States. The sad truth is that it’s just easier and cheaper for clothing companies to outsource all their production to countries overseas because they have a much lower cost of labor and an already streamlined designing and manufacturing infrastructure.