The Benefits of Buying American-Made Products
Providing jobs for current and future generations
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 unemployment rate in America has been fluctuating between 3.5% and 4.0% and includes anyone over the age of 16. This is substantially less than a decade ago but is still too high. How can we continue to lower it?
Buying American-made products creates jobs for current and future generations. When you buy American-made products, you’re pouring your money into an American manufacturing company. As money comes in and the demand grows, the manufacturing company will expand. When an American manufacturing company expands, they hire American construction crews and American accounting companies. This growth also creates more job opportunities within their factories. According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, “if everyone in the country spent $64 of their yearly shopping budget on American-made products, it would support 200,000 factory jobs in the U.S.“
Boosts the economy & American investment opportunities
American manufacturing growth creates more opportunities for investment and finance which benefits the economy. According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, “every $1 invested in U.S. manufacturing generates $1.81 in economic activity.”
Our government cannot control foreign labor standards
The American government only controls American manufacturing companies. Therefore, they cannot ensure fair wages and safe working environment for those manufacturing products overseas.
In third world countries, sweatshops run rampant. A 2006 report from the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights uncovered torturous child labor at a factory in Bangladesh which produced clothing sold by Walmart and JC Penney. “In overseas sweatshops, 75% of the price of a garment is profit for the manufacturer and retailer,” according to the Alliance for American Manufacturing. However, the already unfair, harsh conditions of foreign sweatshops can quickly become deadly. An example of this would be the 2013 garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that claimed the lives of over 1,000 employees.
When you buy foreign products, you are supporting these horrendous violations of even the most basic human rights that we, as Americans, stand and fight for.
The lack of regulations for overseas production affects Americans as well. In a 2007 article from the New York Times, it was reported that many Chinese toys had been recalled. Some were recalled for being choking hazards. Others were recalled because of the high amounts of chemicals, such as lead paint and kerosene, that were making American children sick. The lack of regulations should be very sickening to every American.
Better for the environment
When you invest in American-made products, you are investing in a cleaner, brighter future for the environment. Products made overseas have a higher carbon footprint than American-made products and have to be transported thousands of miles, burning fossil fuels and polluting the air with toxic gases the whole journey.
In 2014, a paper written by a team of Chinese researches about air pollution in China was published in the Journal of the National Academy of Sciences. This paper concluded that a large majority of China’s air pollution is the result of their growth as a large net exporter. The combustion of fossil fuels used in the manufacturing of these exports has contributed to a “global increase in emissions of carbon dioxide.” According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, “as much as 25% of the air pollution over LA can be traced back to China.“
Guaranteed quality of goods
When you hear American-made, what other words come to mind? According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing, “Given the choice, 78% of Americans would buy an American-made product over an identical product made overseas, and 98% of Americans have a favorable view of American-made products.” The mark “Made in the U.S.A.” gives us a certain amount of assurance when purchasing a product, and there is a reason for this.
Outsourced manufacturing plants rarely ever return to the U.S.
It is an unspoken truth that once a product has been outsourced to a foreign country, it is highly unlikely that it will ever be manufactured in the U.S. again. This means than an entire avenue of potential business in the U.S. has vanished, and this happens very often.
America is a proud nation. We are the home of the brave and the free. We fought for our independence and won, and we are still revolutionizing the world as we know it. However, our great country, which once was a powerhouse in the global market, now relies on exports from foreign countries to survive. Claiming to be a strong, independent nation while relying on foreign countries, is somewhat counter-intuitive. If we support American manufacturing, we can reduce the trade deficit and become a proud and independent nation once again.
What gifts are you buying for this holiday season that are American-made? When you buy American-made you are also giving a gift to your country. To find American-made products for the holidays, go to https://www.americanmanufacturing.org/made-in-america.
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