I read a post this morning that really got me to thinking.
We all know that our economy is in a bad way. I’ve been watching the ongoing news stories on ABC about Made in America, and how almost all of the products we purchase are manufactured in China or in some other country. As I sit and type this I look around my house and know that almost all the items in it have been manufactured in a different part of the world. As consumers for decades we have been shopping arbitrarily without thought to the origins of the products we purchase.
I will admit that the thought of perusing a complete boycott on all foreign manufacturing seems overwhelming. It would possibly render me and my whole family in the position of having to rid ourselves of every article of clothing and render us housebound were we to take the goal seriously. However as a consumer thinking of the small things I can accomplish within my realm of influence, well that is a bit different.
What can I do to personally make a commitment to change?
I can decide to do a bit of research before I randomly hit the add to cart button in my online shopping. Can I find an alternate product that is manufactured in the united states? Is there an alternative that I can start to think about?
I am a huge fan of handmade gifts. Being the lover of all things homemade I try to do at least some of my gift giving with things I have made in the kitchen. Ball mason jars are in fact manufactured in the United States and so are a lot of brands of yarns. Making a scarf or putting up a batch of home made applesauce for gift giving is a very small start to retraining my thinking as far as trying to reach the goal of supporting our nations economy.
Here’s what I’m pondering….is is possible to have a completely made in the USA Christmas?
What am I willing to do to make that happen?
What would happen if everyone used their spending dollar this holiday season to say YES to Made in the USA and a BIG FAT NO to Made in China…
Hmmmmmm is there such a thing as a laptop that is made in America?????? cause I really want one of those for Christmas……
I think I just shot myself in the foot!
However, making the change in my thinking and making a change in my spending habits are all real tangible things that I can defiantly begin to do.
What can I make?
What can I do?
Where is it made?
Can I get a comparable substitute that is made right here in the good Ol’ USA?
It got me to thinking……..