For most of our history, the products Americans bought were made by other Americans. Then, lots of American companies figured out that they could design products here, but could send the plans to factories in places like the Middle Kingdom, Bangladesh, Upper Volta or Myanmar, have the products manufactured and then reimport the product for sale in the U.S. And poof, there went a few million American manufacturing jobs. This phenomenon of outsourcing has been widely discussed. But lately, some of those jobs are coming back home.
This year I have written several posts on the phenomenon of insourcing, where manufacturing jobs are being repatriated to our shores. Not to be outdone by me, the Atlantic Magazine decided to do an article on inshoring last week and it is well worth reading. So is Alan Tonelson’s response to the article.
You and I can do our part to help bring manufacturing jobs back to this country. We don’t need to run a company, write for the Atlantic or have a PhD to do it. All we have to do is make products made by members of our extended American family our default choice when shopping throughout the year. I have already given you a few American made Christmas gift ideas and here are two more.
For the new couples on your gift list, consider presenting them with the Preserve Kitchen Starter Set this year. The set includes three Mixing Bowls, a Small Cutting Board, a Small Colander and Measuring Cups. All Preserve products are made of 100% recycled #5 plastic, are 100% recyclable, are dishwasher safe, are BPA and melamine free and most important are Made in the USA!
Christmas is all about light and if you want beautiful votives for the season, consider buying some Glassybaby votives made in my hometown of Seattle. They are simply stunning.
Now get shopping!