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The Ecological Impact of Buying American-Made Products

The Ecological Impact of Buying American-Made Products

by Sean Scott April 24, 2019

Be a part of the global solution. Buying American-made products reduces carbon emissions.

Most of us, when we go shopping, are more concerned with the quality of a product, its benefits to us, and whether or not it will do what it promised to do. However, there is good reason why we should all seriously take a closer look at where the product is made before we decide to make a purchase.
There is good reason to believe that the majority of the items you buy actually come from some of the farthest corners of the earth. While on the surface this doesn’t seem to be a very important factor, if you are at all environmentally conscious, this little fact should be of concern to you.

Products purchased outside of the USA have to take a long and expensive journey to reach you. There are many environmentally unfriendly steps that must be taken in order to prepare each product for that journey to ensure their safe arrival at their destination. Most products will have to travel on several different types of transportation and be carefully insulated so they don’t sustain damage during their trip. 

Not only does all this preparation add to the cost of the product, but it also creates a heavy impact on the environment. While these are of serious concern, these are not the only reasons why consumers should seriously consider buying American Made Products. 


Reduced Carbon Emissions

When a product is made in the USA, it’s traveling distance from the manufacturer to the store for purchase is significantly less than a product made in China, which could easily be three times the distance. This means less fuel use, and by extension, fewer emissions released into the air to get to its final destination. 

Tighter Governmental Regulations

A factor that could be less obvious is the governmental regulations in the country where products are manufactured. In the past, many countries have drawn American manufacturers away by enticing them with lower costs. However, these countries do not work on the same level as the USA. Their regulations are far less stringent when it comes to protecting the environment. In fact, in many countries, there is nothing that compares to America’s Clean Air Act, and in most cases, a factory has no obligation to protect the environment in any way.

Take China for example, a country that has been producing products for America for many years. While their primary focus is on making money, their environmental conditions have suffered considerably. Statistics show that 60% of the country’s underground water sources are not drinkable, and their smog levels are so high that it is shortening the lives of many of its citizens.

This is a very important reason why we should buy American made products. It is not because America is completely environmentally friendly; we as a nation, certainly have a long way to go in this type of endeavor. However, when compared to many other countries that manufacture our products, it is easy to see that the manufacturing process within the United States is much more eco-friendly.

Here, at COMUNITYmade, we take a personal interest in not just producing quality American-Made products, but also where we purchase the materials that we need. We only choose materials that we can acquire from known sources. If we do purchase materials from outside the USA, it is not as a cost saving measure but because of the quality that it delivers. For example, some of the best leathers in the world are produced in Italy.

We would love to be able to find similar sources for these materials in the USA, and you can be assured that when we do, you will be the first to know of our new arrangement.

Over the years, we have all come to understand that everything we do is not necessarily about the money we earn. Too long, businesses have focused more on the bottom line than they have on their impact on society. But now, whatever we do, we know it will have an impact on the environment, and we have become more conscious about these things. While other countries will likely join us in the future, for now, to buy American-made products from will not only get you a high quality pair of shoes, but you’ll be proud to wear them knowing that you are also doing your part to protect the environment.

Sean Scott
Sean Scott


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