Since I have started my challenge and shared my blog with friends and family, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback. I’ve also gotten a lot of questions.
I do not expect anyone to be able to buy all American goods all of the time. I also do not mean to imply that goods made elsewhere are inherently inferior. 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 the USA strengthens our own economy, helps us protect our families from products contaminated with toxic chemicals, and minimizes our exploitation of third world countries.
Buying American, local, or ethically is not always possible. But when we analyze our options, I think we will find it is easier than we might expect. There is a notion that American made merchandise is too expensive compared to cheap goods imported from China. However, I am finding that these cost differences are either negligible or that the higher price is inevitably a greater investment in terms of durability.
How important is it to you where a product you purchased came from? What issues are close to your heart in terms of country of origin issues? Do you think that American made products are in general safer, of better quality, and more durable than imported goods? What sacrifices are you willing to make to be a more ethical consumer?