How and Why to Shop American-made
There are so many reasons why you should be shopping for American-made products and clothing. It can be beneficial for the economy, your wallet, and your home. Obviously, this will only apply to Americans.
Shopping today can be a completely overwhelming experience, with so many companies choosing to send their manufacturing and production abroad.
When you want to support US-based businesses and shop for quality American-made goods, it can be challenging to know what to look for.
I’ll go over all the reasons why you should shop American-made and how to do it!
Why Shop for American-made?
Shopping American-made has so many benefits that it just makes sense to make it a priority when looking for household goods and clothing.
Here are some of the top reasons you should shop for American-made products.
American-made goods are held to a higher standard in production and materials.
American manufacturing has a long history of producing quality products that have been through and passed rigorous testing to ensure quality.
Other countries that produce goods for America often have little to no laws to protect workers.
Workers experience horrible working conditions, including long hours and unsafe working environments, that have even caused deaths.
By buying American-made, you support American workers and encourage safer working conditions and workers’ rights.
Products made overseas have a big carbon footprint thanks to minimal environmental regulations.
There aren’t any laws in place to reduce pollution and protect the air and water in the surrounding areas.
Not to mention all the pollution introduced into the air just by shipping from other countries. Learn more about how Shopping the “Made in the USA” Label has Environmental and Social Benefits.
The safety standards in other countries are often lower than those in America. Production processes are often conducted in unsafe conditions. Some materials are often used that have been deemed unsafe but are not yet regulated.
By purchasing goods made in America, you can feel better about the consumer protection laws and safety standards in place to know you are getting a good product.
One of the many reasons why shopping American-made is beneficial is due to the number of jobs it creates for people in the United States.
The more the American manufacturing industry grows, the more it encourages job growth. It can also help encourage livable wages in many industries and close wage gaps.
Supports the Made in America Economy
When you purchase American-made goods, you support the US economy by helping smaller businesses and companies that align with your values.
When companies are prosperous, they hire more employees and can improve wages.
It’s a Great Way to Buy Less
One of the great things about purchasing American-made goods is that you’ll buy less.
When you’re on a mission to save money or declutter, buying American-made can help ensure that when you do purchase, you’re purchasing sustainable goods and goods that you’ll only likely have to buy once.
How to Shop American-made
Shopping for American-made is possible and choosing quality products doesn’t have to be a challenge.
With a little research, you can find everything you need that’s made in the United States and doesn’t compromise your values. Here are some tips on how to shop for anything you might need that was made in the USA.
Research Brands Online
Before you do any shopping, whether online or at a traditional brick-and-mortar store, research popular brands.
Check out the brand’s about pages on their websites and even search for information about the brand online. You can do your research before you head out shopping, or if you’re in a hurry, don’t be afraid to ask any of the sales associates for some information.
Use a Directory
There are quite a few reputable directories online that provide a list of companies that use American manufacturers. Pull up google and do a quick search of “made in America companies,” “made in the USA,” or “made in America directory.” You’ll get a few options to search for companies that source their materials from America.
I still highly recommend using directories if you have the time to do your own research.
Some companies may qualify to be added to the directory, but not all their products are made in America. A little research can help you identify what is and isn’t imported or manufactured abroad.
Read Labels for American-Made
If you don’t want to take the time and do the research online, that’s okay!
Most American-made products will label themselves proudly as American-made or made in the USA. Thankfully, with the help of a smartphone, you can also do a quick search online while you’re out and about to verify.
Try Shopping at Local Boutiques Rather Than Large Chains
Small store owners typically source their products from locally made businesses. They also tend to purchase from companies that make their goods in America. If you’re unsure, ask while you’re in there or email them to find out where the products they stock are made.
Most store owners are happy to tell you what brands to buy and, even better, what to watch out for.
Shopping American-made may cost a little more, but you know you’re supporting a business with sustainable practices that boost the American economy.
You also know that you’re getting a better-quality product and will be less likely to have to replace it in the future, meaning you’re truly saving in the long run.
It’s not always possible to only purchase American-made products, but you can do your part by choosing them as often as possible.
Do your research and avoid big box retailers whenever you can. You’ll be on your way to supporting the American economy and owning higher-quality products and clothing.
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