Next week, we honor and celebrate the lives of the brave men and women that have lost their lives protecting our great nation. As we go into this week, it’s important to support our fellow Americans in all aspects of life.
I recently spent a week in Colombia for a vacation and also learned about where their patriotic swag and tourist trinkets are made. When I purchased a sombrero from a street vendor, I turned to the inside of the hat to see if “Made in China” was there but low and behold it said, ‘Hecho en Colombia’ just like all the other products that I saw.
Today, getting back into the U.S., we see the shelves packed with red, white, and blue colors of all types of products for upcoming Memorial Day. Can you guess where the vast majority is made? Hint: It’s not American Made. The only noticeable uptick in Made in USA labels during these patriotic seasons are on the actual flags sold. Besides that, it’s still all Made in China it seems.
The Made in America Team explains the math in this article of why it’s important to source as much as possible in the U.S.
An argument I’ve heard before is to leave the making of simpler things like clothes and small plastic junk to the developing countries as the U.S. continues to lead in the advanced manufacturing age. Building rockets, jets, tours, technology, robotics, and more. This is an argument at least worth exploring, however I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume both can be done. Also, we’re relying on other countries for a lot more important things, i.e. the majority of rare earth minerals and key ingredients for important life-saving drugs.
Here’s a simple question. How can Colombia make their own sombreros but the United States can’t make, at the minimum, the majority of their American baseball hats domestically? UnionWear does it extremely well, why don’t people start looking for the American Made label first? Rather than the cheapest that just cheapens our country as whole in the long term.
Remember, every dollar spent on a U.S. sourced product bring backs $1.82 into circulation whereas purchasing an import only brings back $0.65 cents. Made in China may seem like the only way, but there are plenty of better quality items made right here–better yet, you’re paying back into the community when you buy Made in America.