Movement. Defined as a group of people working towards a common goal by applying the same practices and policies. So, when someone says “come on, join the movement”, you better be sure it’s a movement you agree with, before you do just that.
In this case, the common goal of all the members, supporters and ambassadors of the Made in America Movement is to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. To fill empty production facilities with life again. To have American hands build us products we will cherish and enjoy. To strengthen our economy. Buying products made in USA is the only way to make all that happen. Joining? Of course I am.
As I am writing this first introduction of myself for the movement, I’ve already been on a personal “shop local mission” for almost two years. Shopping local, or American made, means everything to me, because it makes the world a better place, and I care about our planet and the people on it, a whole lot. How can encouraging stateside manufacturing make a positive impact on not only our local economy but the entire world? Well, it’s actually not that complicated.
By buying locally made products you are not only supporting our local economy, but you are also taking a stand for fair wages and ethical production. American manufacturing employees get paid decent wages and work decent hours in safe environments, controlled by our governing rules and regulations. This is not the case in many other parts of the world.
By buying locally made products you are helping to reduce transport emissions from container ships. Such transport is also known to disrupt life in our wonderful oceans.
By buying locally made products you are making the safe choice. A factory in the USA cannot emit toxic waste or chemicals into rivers and lands without consequences. That fact also means that the raw materials that went into a Made in USA product are deemed safe for us to use.
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And for all those reasons, I am beyond excited and honored to now be part of the Made in America Movement! I’m looking forward to inspiring others, sharing thoughts, reviewing products and promoting this movement in any way I can.
When I am not writing or talking about sustainability (which does take up quite a bit of my time), I enjoy watching shows, good conversation, Riesling, reading articles and cooking. (Right now I am exploring some new vegan recipes, which I have yet to master.) My husband and I also enjoy the outdoors; hiking, camping and occasionally getting “lost” somewhere without cell reception. We live in Houston, Texas and work 8-5, in jobs we (mostly) enjoy. We’re definitely two of the lucky ones.
My personal blog made right (here) explores all kinds of topics related to fair, local and sustainable manufacturing and living. You’ll find it at http://notmadeinchinachallenge.com/