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 our products, we will cherish and enjoy. To strengthen our economy. Buying products made in the USA is the only way to make all that happen. Joining? Of course, I am.
As I write this first introduction of myself for the movement, I’ve already been on a personal “shop local mission” for almost two years. Local or American-made shopping means everything to me because it makes the world a better place, and I care about our planet and the people on it a lot. How can encouraging stateside manufacturing positively impact 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 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 beautiful 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 now to be part of the Made in America Movement! I look forward to inspiring others, sharing thoughts, reviewing products, and promoting this movement in any way possible.
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. (I am currently 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 jobs we (mostly) enjoy. We’re definitely two of the lucky ones.