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Friday, July 30, 2010

Made in America

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.

When my oldest daughter was somewhere between 5 and 8 years old we had a conversation about where products are made. I pointed out to her that most items have a sticker on them that says where they were made. From that point on every time she picked up a cup, plate, box of cereal or whatever she would look for the “made in ____’ sticker. She was surprised that about 98 percent of the products she looked at were made in China. That started her to looking into it more and more, and eventually she asked why everything was made in China.

If I remember correctly, I told her that it is often cheaper for goods to be made in other countries and I left it at that. Over the years as she’s studied history, commerce, government and other related subjects, she’s learned quite a bit more about it. My daughter is now 19 and with the economy the way it is she’s seen small businesses close quite often.

It seems especially true for small business. almost every small American town has seen their main street shops suffer from the economy as well as the urban sprawl. There was a bead and jewelry making shop that I frequented, and I know that it didn’t take long for them to close. These mom and pop shops along with the go-to department stores have made way for strip malls and the companies are outsourcing for cheaper labor resulted in the closing of many factories. These types of things have caused entire communities to suffer.

It’s time for things to change and the Ramblers Way Farm is making those changes. This company sources, grows and produces fine woolen apparel using 100 percent domestic resources. They’ve started manufacturing facilities in distressed small towns to help revitalize the communities. When customers read their Made in America label they can be rest assured that not only are they receiving a top-quality product, but it was made in a way that is beneficial to us as citizens.

Have you had a similar conversation with your children? What does made in America mean to you?

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