Monday, June 4, 2012
Joyfully Made in the USA
Passionate people do have a certain energy though that I like (unless they are passionate about something stupid like racism, sexism, etc.). Passionate people make you feel excited and often challenge your way of thinking. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of being amongst a group of very passionate peeps. So passionate in fact that they left me thinking about them and getting this post up for weeks even, though I’m just getting to it. (Don’t mistake my tardiness with lack of support for their cause. It has more to do with my struggle with time management)
So what were these people so passionate about, you ask. These good old United States of America. Specifically, buying and supporting American made products whenever possible. Now of course I support American Made. I’m all for it… in theory. But I admit I do not go out of my way to look for American made products. I won’t often pass up a good price to stick with the USA made brand. And I’ll admit I drive a foreign car. And there is a good chance that my next one will be foreign too.
So I guess my meeting with these passionate people was an epic fail hunh??? Nope, and the reason why is that they have brought to my attention something I never even thought about. Sarah writes the blog Made in USA Challenge. On her blog she talks about USA made products, and often locally made products that are good quality and easy to access. She makes it seem like it’s not so hard to buy American Made. I don’t really have to go the extra mile maybe just the extra yard or two to get what I want and support our countries industrial base. Josh is just wrapping up a documentary, Made in the USA, The 30 Day Journey, which tests the feasibility of living off of only American made Products for 30 days. Is it possible? We’ll have to check out his documentary to see. Josh has traveled these United States seeing all that we have to offer and from what I heard we have some pretty awesome stuff being made right here in the USA.
So a little of their passion has worn off on me. One thing most of you don’t know about me is that I do not like to spend my money in places that don’t offer good customer service. I do not feel good wasting my spending power on businesses that don’t value the customer. After my meeting with passionate made in USA peeps Sara and Josh I am thinking, could using my spending power to support our US economy give my shopping habit a purpose other than the excitement of having new shinny things. Could making an effort to support American Made products bring a little more Joy to my shopping???
Do you ever think about where the things you purchase are made? Do you purposefully look for Made in the USA products? Do you think it would be possible or realistic to live off of only Made in the USA products?
Stay tuned for Josh’s documentary to see how he made out.