I am pretty swamped these days. In addition to my real job, my Simply American job has been growing. I am finally finishing my book, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back To Work. I am putting the finishing touches on my new website, Homerica, designed to let people remodel, build and furnish their homes with American made products. And I am starting to work on developing a service to allow American firms to tell their American stories. Whew! So sorry for the radio silence on the blog for the last three weeks. But there are a number of Made in America issues in the news recently that I wanted to let you know about.
A reasonable question
I have written about the problems about our cheap apparel made abroad a few times over the last few years. Well I am not alone in questioning this practice. I read a great article in the Baltimore Sun last week written by Dan Rodricks. The title of the piece was “For Under Armour, why not ‘UA Made in the USA’?” I urge you to read it.
A must see John Oliver episode
On the same subject, this last Sunday, John Oliver delivered a great segment on the high cost to others of the low cost apparel sold in this country by H&M, the Gap, and the other wealthy rag merchants. If you don’t feel shitty buying cheap apparel made in Bangladesh or somewhere similar after watching Oliver’s piece, you need to take your soul in for a checkup.
But its not all bad news!
On the plus side, there have been a lot of great stories in the news about new products being made by members of our extended family. A great new firm for American made furniture, Greycork, was recently featured in Forbes. Just yesterday I was contacted by a company, Red Chapter Clothing Conmpany, whose clothing is sewn by members of our extended American family, as opposed to 12 year old girls in Bangladesh. An article in the Times Free Press heralded that retailer for home products are clamoring for U.S. products because their customers are demanding them. The article features products by four companies that are featured on my soon to be live Homerica website: Blendtec, 360 Cookware, Vitamix and Microplane. Finally, if you want to sleep soundly knowing you are supporting American workers, buy a mattress equipped with Leggett & Platt innersprings. The company’s mattresses innersprings are certified Made in the USA!
So if you are in the market for virtually any product you need, there are American options for you to consider. I urge you do not only consider American products, but make them your default choice as I have for the last four years. Now get shopping!