A Made in America Challenge
Recently, Philadelphia radio host Joey Fortman took up the challenge of buying only American-made products for an entire week.
Fortman embraced the challenge following a recent interview on the Today Show, when she told the show's hosts that since the 1960s, the number of products Amerians buy from overseas has climbed from 10% to 60%.
Fortman set out to find clothes, food, and household items that are a necessity for her family. Fortman described shopping for clothes in “Target” as a nearly impossible task:
Let me tell you how fast my blood boiled when I was checking out their 4th of July attire only to find ‘Made in Bangladesh’ on the label.”
She also had difficulty finding toilet paper made completely in America. The labels either designated another country as the manufacturer or "Made in America with domestic & imported parts." Fortman found the prospect of “parts” of her toilet paper being made in other countries “kinda gross”, but with no other options she accepted that this was the closest she’d get.
Inspired by Fortman, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) intern Leigh Raup decided to do some research on American-made consumer goods.
"While my findings were varied and scarce for popular household items, American-made toilet paper was an easy find. Angel Soft and Quilted Northern are made in America. They may not be available at the local grocery stores in which Fortman shopped, but on both Walmart’s and Target’s websites the brands are in stock.
"Continuing on, I searched Google for 'American-made clothing' and found plenty of options. Consequently, consumers may need to pay slightly more money to obtain an American-made shirt, as well as travel somewhat farther to a specific store.
"Since Made in America is an issue we focus a lot here at AAM and ManufactureThis, I wanted to suggest a similar challenge.
"Take a look inside a closet, cabinet, or any of the items you have laying around the house/office. If there are some labels that surprise you with their country of origin, take a photograph and post it to Facebook, with AAM tagged. If you’re in a store to buy a few items, see if those products are made in America. It may be a shock to some that a majority of the items within a home or in the stores we commonly visit are manufactured outside of the United States. Unless you pick up five rolls of scotch tape or an igloo cooler, the odds may not be in favor of the U.S.A."
To learn more on Fortman’s week using only Made in USA products, click here.
AAM Intern Leigh Raup wrote this piece.
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