We often hear the "buy American" slogan and think American manufacturers use it just to sell more products. But the truth is there are a ton of reasons to buy American-made clothing, American-made wood cutting boards, American-made wooden furniture, and even American-grown foods. Below is a list of the top-ten reasons to buy products that are made in the USA:
10) Safe Worker Conditions
Foreign labor standards allow for conditions that are unsafe for workers. Buying American-made products not only supports American manufacturers and American workers but also safe working conditions and child labor laws.
9) Keeps the American Economy Growing
Most jobs that get shipped abroad, rarely return. Buying products that are Made in the USA keeps jobs here and keeps the American economy growing.
8) American Manufacturing Processes are Cleaner for the Environment
A lot of brands that are sold here are produced in countries that use polluting and dangerous manufacturing processes. US manufacturing processes are cleaner and much better for the environment so when you buy American-made products, you know you're keeping the world a little cleaner for your children.
7) Minimum Wage Restrictions
This is similar to the working conditions point but many countries have either no minimum wage restrictions or a ridiculously low minimum wage. When you choose to buy products made in the USA you are choosing to support an honest day's pay for an honest day's work.
6) American Independence
The USA's ability to manufacture it's own products is dwindling. Seeking out American-made goods helps to foster American independence.
5) US Trade Deficit Leads to Massive Debt
The huge US trade deficit leads to unsustainable and massive borrowing from other countries. Debt is not good for you and it is not good for the USA.
4) Foreign Product Safety Standards are Low
Safety standards in foreign countries are low which means that poisonous levels of certain compounds, like lead, are found in many toys being shipped to the US. American consumer laws and safety standards are in place so when you buy toys and other goods made in the USA you can be confident that your family is safe.
3) Fair and Free Trade
Again with the labor standards, when a country has no minimum wage, no environmental pollution control, and no worker safety policies, it undermines the whole idea of "fair and free trade". The US ultimately cannot compete with a country that is willing to pollute and exploit its own people. American-made products require a higher standard of life.
2) Avoid Political Conflict
More money and factories are shifting to countries that are not friends with the US or even democracy. Avoiding imported goods and searching for American-made products helps ensure that products in the US are not impacted by political conflicts.
1) Future Jobs for Future Americans
Keeping jobs for you, your family. your friends, and your neighbors in the USA is one of the biggest reasons to buy American-made products. As US manufacturing fades, many future generations will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buying American-made helps us all earn a living wage.
American-made Wood Products:
Support American artists and US manufacturing buy adding some wood products to your home or office. They make great wedding, housewarming, anniversary, and birthday gifts.
For some further reading, check out Loll Designs, a proud USA manufacture of outdoor furniture. They have a post about why to buy USA-made products. We'd love to hear from our readers so please post a comment below about your experience with made in the USA products!