8 Reasons to Support American Made

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Welcome to the July 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Made in the USA.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about shopping for products that are Made in the USA. Stop by all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to get ideas on how your family can support more US-based businesses.

 

8 Reasons to Support American Made

Chances are, if you looked at the backs or butts of ten random items in your home, the majority would read, made in a country outside the United States. While it is okay to support exported goods, the scales should be tipped a little more to locally made. Buying American isn’t just a suggestion to instill country pride, doing so can drastically strengthen the nation. Visit Made In USA to find local companies and services to support and read on to learn of 8 great reason to support American Made

8 Reasons to Support American Made:

    1. Environment Protection: Buying USA made drastically reduces our carbon footprint because less distance is being traveled.
    2. Stimulates Local Economy: Buying American made stimulates the local economy and creates local jobs.

    3. Ethical Labor Standards: The labor standards in many countries outside of the U.S is poor – unfair wages and unsafe working conditions is the norm. Supporting American made also supports safe working conditions and fair wages.

    4. Fosters Independence: Demanding American made will generate the process of manufacturing our own products and packaging instead on depending on imports.

    5. Deters Trade Deficit: America holds the unfortunate title of having the largest trade deficit with another country in the history. In 2011, America’s trade deficit with China was over 200 billion dollars.

    6. Higher Safety Standards: American made products are tested and inspected for safety and toxic exposure.

    7. Strengthens the Community: Supporting locally made, small business and craftsmen strengthens the community and fosters growth.

    8. Instills Country Pride: As mentioned above, supporting American made instills country pride and strengthens your value and love for the nation.

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