Buying American made products is a great way to support our economy, but it can be hard to know where to look sometimes. Many companies claim to sell “American Made Products” on their websites or in product advertisements. When you see one of these ads, how do you know if they really mean it?
One easy way that you can tell if a product is made in the USA is to look at the label and check where it was assembled. If it was built here, you should see “Assembled in” followed by the United States and then the state or city where it was put together. You may also see labels that say “Made-USA” or something similar.
If you are in doubt about any product, don’t be afraid to contact the company directly. They should have a phone number or mailing address where you can find out for sure whether their products are built here in the USA.
What products are still made in the USA?
Many old-fashioned products like tools and toys used to be made right here in the good ol’ USA, but today they are usually manufactured overseas. Some items that were once American made include:
- Tools (hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers)
- Toys (dolls, wooden blocks, trucks)
- Clothing (denim jeans)
- Cars and car parts (Fords, Chevys, Saturns)
- Sporting equipment (baseball bats, hockey sticks, bows, and arrows)
- Soap and toiletries
- Home decor, like custom laser engraved hardwood signs
What foods are made in the USA?
The United States is known around the world for the high quality of its food products, so it’s no wonder that many consumers want to buy American when they are buying groceries.
American made foods can be difficult to find in large grocery store chains like Wal-Mart or Target, but there are lots of small markets and specialty stores where you will find plenty of American made foods.
Some popular food items that are made in the USA include:
- Grass-fed beef (look for “Product of U.S.A.” label)
- Coffee (Kicking Horse Coffee, Kicking Horse Coffees)
- Honey (Pure Indian Foods)
- Maple Syrup (Pure Indian Foods)
- Condiments (Bick’s, Annie’s Naturals)
- Spices and seasonings (Penzeys Spices, Spice Hunter)
- Olive oil (Chosen by Chefs, California Olive Ranch)
- Beverages (Honest Tea, Odwalla, Juice from the Loose)
What about clothing?
The popular fashion trend these days seems to be finding clothes that are as inexpensive as possible. As the price of an article of clothing goes down, there’s a good chance that it may be made overseas.
Many fashion designers have their clothes manufactured in third world countries, and then they bring them back to the US where they add their brand name and sell them for a large profit.
If you are looking for American Made products, you will probably have to spend a little more for quality goods that you can be sure were made in the USA. Quality doesn’t always mean more expensive though; there are many great looking and durable American made clothes and shoes available today at affordable prices, like:
- Wrangler jeans (a mid-price range jean)
- Lucky Brand Jeans (mid-price range, very popular)
- Red Wing Boots (expensive but built to last!)
- Timberland Pro Shoes (mid-priced, quality work boots)
There are many more items that were once American made, and it’s easy to find them too! Just spend a few minutes looking on the web for “American Made Products” or “US Made Products” and you’ll find lots of online stores where you can buy American made products.
In conclusion, while some products that used to be American made are now manufactured overseas, there are still some companies that manufacture their goods here in the USA. So keep your eyes peeled for Made-in-USA stickers and labels on items you buy.
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