Finding a product that doesn’t bear a foreign label is a nearly impossible task. After all, when manufacturers can find labor and materials overseas for a fraction of the price, why would they bother building factories on American shores? The short answer is that every choice we make affects our surroundings and our country, for better or for worse. When companies choose to produce their goods on American shores, that choice creates a positive ripple effect across the country that can be felt for years.
When consumers select American-made products, you can help influence manufacturers’ preferences.
1.) Buying American creates jobs
When you buy American, you create American jobs. According to a 2015 report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the USA lost 5.7 million jobs to overseas workers between 1998 and 2013. As a result of choosing American goods, you can help reverse the trend!
2.) Decreases pollution
We can regulate our own carbon emissions and protect the environment in the USA, but we can’t tell other nations what to do. Many of the countries that produce goods for American companies have little regard for the environment and for green usage of resources.
When you buy American, you are helping to preserve our beautiful world for future generations.
3.) Guaranteed quality of goods
Sure, the clothing, toys, and trinkets that bear the “Made in China” label come with a cheaper price tag, but you’ll usually get cheaper quality as well. In contrast, products proudly tagged as “Made in the USA” possess unsurpassed quality, expert craftsmanship, and attention to detail.
In fact, when you consider the cost-per-use of each item, foreign-made goods that don’t last as long as their American counterparts end up being more expensive.
It’s not just the health of foreign workers that’s at risk when you buy products manufactured overseas – it’s also your own that’s in jeopardy. Products made abroad are not subject to strict rules and regulations like American-made goods are. There were several instances during which toys made in China and sold in the USA were declared unsafe and had to be recalled. Many posed a choking hazard; others contained dangerous chemicals like lead paint and kerosene.
5.) Boosts American investment opportunities
A boost in American manufacturing means a boost in American investment opportunities. Naturally, increased investments mean a surge for the entire economy.
6.) Buying American protects human rights
Many countries that produce goods for American companies have few or no regulations protecting the rights and safety of employees. An astonishing 2015 report from the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights revealed that the Chinese workers producing toys for American brands, like Mattel, Hasbro, and Disney, were forced to work 12- to 13-hour days and sleep on wooden bunk beds in dingy, unheated dormitories. Another report discovered child labor at a factory created to produce clothing for Walmart and JC Penney.
By supporting American-made goods, you are silently protesting these atrocities.
7.) Ripple effect
When you choose “Made in the USA,” your money does more than create manufacturing jobs. The wages those American workers earned because of your choice go back into our own economy. We pay American taxes. We purchase more American products and services. The economy grows, thanks to your choices.
Incredibly, the EPI estimates that every US manufacturing job creates an additional 1.4 jobs in other parts of the economy.
8.) Buying American reduces the trade deficit
Tough economic times have placed the USA in an unfavorable position with foreign markets. Help reduce and eventually eliminate our country’s trade deficit by investing in American products.
Every foreign-made product you purchase needs to be shipped to the USA. That’s often from across the world. All that travel comes with a hefty price in carbon footprints. Precious resources, like petroleum, are wasted in transport, and unnecessary, harmful emissions are released into the atmosphere as a result.
When buying American you help to conserve our resources!
10.) Avoids foreign political debates
Importing goods to the USA can mean facing loads of red tape and barriers, especially with nations that currently have tense relationships with America. By buying American goods, you’ll avoid those obstacles completely.
So, you’re convinced. But what now? How can you follow through on your resolution when nearly every product you pick up is created on foreign shores?
To find American products, you may need to be persistent and spend some time checking labels. To make that task easier, check out the hundreds of sites dedicated to supporting American goods, like Made in the USA, Americans Working, and the USA Love List.
Remember, when you are buying American products, you are creating endless positive ripples for our wonderful country!
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