Kathryn - posted on 01/13/2013 ( 58 moms have responded )
The saying goes "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem".
I've been reading an interesting story, which comes with 1000+ reader comments, about the importance of buying in America.
I've spent the past 2 days reading the comments, and probably have another day's worth to go. Along the way you get some interesting facts to search, which is also quite interesting.
Anyways, I have decided to make an effort to stop buying anything that is not made in Canada (I'm Canadian) If it can't be made in Canada, then it will be USA, then Mexico. At least trying to keep it in North America....afterall we are neighbours.
I'm especially going to try to stop buying anything from China. There may be times when I don't have a choice. Buying second hand will always be a priority, since that product is already here.
We can't expect to keep our factories going, if we won't buy from them. They may be a bit more expensive, but even if we spend a bit more in our own country, it will help.
Tariffs need to be brought back to oversea imports. These cheap wages are what took our manufacturers away. Either entice them back, or tax the hell out of their products. We cannot compete with other countries who have low wages, and not the regulations our countries impose.
I came across this clothing website, where everything is made in USA. It also has the ability for you to trace back to the farmer, where the material was obtained. Their products are nice looking and reasonably priced. I have been in email contact with them, and told them I liked their website so much, I was going to mention whenever possible.
Since reading this above story, I have started looking at lables. Almost everything is made in China!!! It is cheap crap, and basically considered disposable. All we are doing is supporting their citizens.
Time to look after our own...and possibly our neighbours :)
Are you willing to buy made in "your country" and stop with the cheap overseas junk? Maybe buy secondhand instead..or go without, if that is an option?