Sold on buying domestically-made goods but not sure where to begin? Start with these three unique products, all manufactured on American soil.
While the dominance of “Made in China” labels on our clothing and household products lends the impression that outsourcing has become the norm, the American manufacturing industry is in fact undergoing a renaissance, with artisans and craftsmen taking advantage of the booming freelance economy to bring products to their target audiences.
Even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body, you can still support home-grown American products by voting with your wallet. Not sure where to begin your patriotic spending spree? Start with these two companies that peddle decidedly unique domestic wares:
Dave Bolotsky founded Uncommon Goods back in 1999, after observing the enormous demand for hand-crafted goods at a Smithsonian fair. The company’s core focus is sustainability in every aspect of their operation, including material sourcing and generous employee benefits for their makers. The company blog brings their products to life, giving customers an inside look at the makers and manufacturing process behind each unique item. For example, while the gorgeous Over The Rainbow paperweight sells itself, an interview with creator Jes Sutton reveals the fascinating, intricately detailed process behind each and every paperweight.
Our Uncommon Good picks include these Himalayan salt tequila glasses, a tote bag with built-in phone charger, and for the tightwads, an aluminum tube wringer ideal for squeezing out those last few drops of toothpaste.
American Manufacturing Is In The Pink
When Sherry Holdridge found a dearth of domestically-made Christmas decorations on the market, she decided to take matters into her own hands — and Ohsay USA was her solution, according to Statesman. Featuring products from exclusively American manufacturers, Holdridge has created a one-stop shop for Americans who prefer to put their disposable income towards domestically made products. Many of the retailers she features date back as far as the 1800s, and as such, have never developed a convincing web presence; Ohsay USA brings these beloved, generations-old products to a new audience of online consumers.
Ohsay bestsellers include a one pocket utility tool, genuine US military watch caps, and our favorite: army men cast from the original 70s molds in shocking pink.
One of Holdridge’s primary objectives in developing this e-commerce platform was to increase demand for American-made merchandise, thereby creating more manufacturing jobs across the country — and particularly in Austin, Texas, where Ohsay USA is based. Indeed, increasing access to American goods is an unmistakably patriotic act: MadeintheUSA.com asserts that “If every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made products, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs.” So the next time you reach for a $5 tee shirt made in China, consider putting Abe towards an American-made item instead.
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