Shopping responsibly and consciously links

Links posts are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.
Thrift Eye

Before I post anything else, I can’t even find the right words to express my sadness and anger over all the shootings that have happened in the last few days AND months. Black lives matter. LGBTQ lives matter. Immigrant lives matter. And we can stand together to fight inequalities and injustices. Speak for the voiceless. We need to make this an ongoing conversation in all our lives.

AMERICANS DON’T CARE ABOUT “MADE IN THE USA”

“The Associated Press and market research firm GfK polled more than 1,000 Americans…and discovered that 71 percent said they would like to buy items made in the U.S. but high prices and limited availability prevent them from doing so.” The article is behind an ad to join the website, but the article is so short, you can just read it behind the ad. It says most people don’t want to pay the price for Made in USA!

Research Shows Majority of Consumers Want Made in USA Apparel

Wow it’s hard to hear one headline and then another. But good to hear that people still want this – I guess what we need to do is revolutionize the way we think of buying clothes. “Among those who say it’s important that the clothes they buy are made in the USA, 79 percent say it’s because they prefer to support the U.S. economy, 46 percent believe U.S.-made apparel is better quality, and 30 percent believe it’s environmentally-friendly, according to the Monitor data.”

American Apparel uses crowdsourcing to seek new product ideas

“The Los Angeles-based company, which recently announced that it might start outsourcing some manufacturing to another U.S. clothing maker, is asking vendors to submit proposals for U.S.-made goods that would retail for $100 or less.” Crowdsourcing is a little misleading, since the crowd being asked are other potential vendors. But an interesting idea nonetheless.

Shinola’s founder shows how contradictory the FTC’s “Made in the USA” regulations are

Sometimes I wonder what things would look like if regulators (like FTC) put the work they do into regulating Made in USA, into punishing American brands that have sweatshops overseas…This is an ongoing conversation about is an item technically Made in the USA when built with parts made elsewhere? Shinola was dragged into this by the Federal Trade Commission. The article explains more, but I like this Shinola statement, “Until a change in policy clarifies for the consumer what it truly means to be Made in the USA, Shinola will always strive to do as much as it can in America with the benefit of an American workforce.”

Made in America: 9 Brands That You’ll Be Surprised Are Still Manufacturing in the USA

Did you know Shinola manufactures in the USA? I didn’t until I read the article above. It’s awesome to find out information about more brands. Apartment Therapy shares some home goods brands that are USA made! I would recommend to read the comments too.

PS. The picture above is from my yearly visit to the West Coast Craft show, featuring West Coast artisans. I never got around to sharing the pictures…oops!

Shopping responsibly and consciously links

Links posts are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.

There is no title to this link, other than I recently stopped by what was my old Made in USA favorite and found an unannounced change. See the sign above, a picture I took years ago. This time I when I went in, I noticed the signs and labels had chanaged to Made in China!!

See how their Our Story section now states

We produce most of our line in San Francisco & Los Angeles, where some of the best knits in the world are made. For our more technical styles, we manufacture overseas in the same fair and ethical garment factories that we would use in the states. The relationships that we build with our sewers are important to us, and we are confident that our product and brand are in good hands.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little disappointed. But a lot of brands have been moving this way.

Big Words, Little Actions

Susie broaches the subject of fashion and sustainability, and how it’s such a difficult subject – but that sustainability should not be a small slice of the conversation, it should just be the norm.

20 PEOPLE THAT ACCIDENTALLY DRESSED LIKE THEIR SURROUNDINGS

When fashion is influenced by anything and everything, follies like this happen more often! It’s pretty hilarious.

Is Your Product Truly American-Made? How Imports, Suppliers and More Play Into the Coveted Made in USA Claim

Now that consumers are driving the supply chains with more understanding of promotion and products, they’re finally questioning the origins of their products more. Can a company really claim their products were made in the USA when all the pieces came from another country? Some lawsuits are challenging that!

‘Made in USA’ jeans case settles

Case in point – man sues AG jeans for Made in USA label but finds out most of the pieces but the denim are made in other countries, feels manipulated for paying more for a quality item, class action lawsuit follows. Now you too may qualify for a free pair of AG jeans if you are part of the suit!

Shopping responsibly and consciously links

Links post are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.

This video is a good reminder to not be wasteful

Watch us explain why your $8 shirt is a huge problem

“We’re offering you the easiest option imaginable to cut down on your carbon footprint. Watch our video above to learn more.” Need they say more?

American Textiles

A fascinating look into the world of one of the last few remaining US based textile companies. Aren’t the colors so beautiful and rich?

Martha Stewart American Made Shop Launches on Handmade at Amazon

Martha Stewart has been giving her seal of approval to some Made in USA goods – which is great considering she put her name brand on so much junk for years!

WHAT’S IN A TOOL? A CASE FOR MADE IN USA.

While this is about buying tools, the case applies for other things as well. They bring up idea “Is the person who designed the product involved in making the product?” to make the case that the less the designer is involved in the production, the worse the product will be. Whether this happens over years time when the company grows old or when the production gets moved overseas, it’s an interesting concept.

Inaugural Trade Compliance Flash: “Made in USA” and Environmental Goods Tariffs

This link is literally a law that was passed. And was NEWS to me! I always wondered why you would see Made in California labels, and just thought it was cool to say that instead of Made in USA. Little did I know ‘Up until this year, California prohibited the use of the label “Made in USA” unless 100 percent of a product’s components were manufactured or produced in the United States.’ Read about some of the regulations that were changed.

Lands’ End Says Deal Is Imminent In ‘Made In USA’ Suit

Looks like Land’s End was caught red handed mislabeling some of their products as Made in the USA and now are paying up for it!

Shopping responsibly and consciously links

Links post are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.

Somewhat random, and somewhat off topic – but I found this INSANELY expensive nail polish at Sephora the other day. Could be nice…but I find the price tag extremely wasteful unfortunately!

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The Power of Manufacturers Using ‘Made in the USA’ in Marketing

“…manufacturers are discovering that home-grown production has increasing financial benefits, especially compared to China, whose competitiveness has dimmed significantly.” You don’t say! Consumers crave local products.

H & M’s Ongoing High-Fashion Experiment

A fascinating read about the beginnings of designer collaborations, and what those early stages looked like for H&M. It has been met with open arms, but this wasn’t always the case in fashion’s past – “In 1983, Halston, famous for his minimalist seventies party clothes, created a collection for J.C. Penney, featuring cut-price takes on his signature Ultrasuede disco wear. But the collaboration was ahead of its time, and the purveyors of high fashion were not yet prepared to see a luxury designer close the gap between couture and the masses. Bergdorf Goodman promptly dropped Halston…”

Cleaning out Your Closet for Fall: What to Keep, What to Sell, What to Donate

Local blogging pals share some awesome tips to declutter your wardrobe. In case you needed a gentle reminder “you are not going to wear it. It is going to sit in the back of your closet collecting lint.”

Clothes should be treasured, not bought and discarded like fast food

The title says it all. It really brings home how I have felt about shopping the last few years. When you shop absentmindedly at trendy cheap places you not caring too much about the quality of how you dress, nor think much of the people making those clothes. So I like how this article is challenging designers to create a system that lets people shop sustainably and think of the clothing they buy as long term investments (no matter the price point.)

H&M’s Cambodian Garment Workers Are Only Asking for $177 per Month: Why Can’t They Get It?

Wow, the headline for this feels like a punch to the stomach. Still feel good about those $10 pants you bought at H&M or that collaboration piece mentioned a few lines above? But boycotting these brands isn’t the solution that will fix their issues. It is urging and demanding these brands to increase wages and working conditions ASAP! Sign their petition HERE.