We are fast approaching the frantic season of shopping. I have most of my shopping done and am finishing the few things I am making for gifts this year as well. But I have run into a problem when seeking to purchase items from a so-called trusted company. Let me explain…
I try very hard to buy Made in the USA products when I make a purchase. In addition I avoid shopping at any chain store, although I will resort to making purchases through Amazon.
So this week, I received an L.L. Bean catalog. I knew there were a couple of things I would like to buy. A lined flannel shirt and a set of flannel sheets. L.L. Bean is well-known as a company that sells USA made products. The problem is that I had a hard time finding anything made here in the USA in their catalog. The sheets were imported from Portugal, the shirt was simply listed as imported with no country designated.
I also want the gifts I buy to be healthy to use or wear. Many of the warmer items like coats, boots and gloves are listed as having thinsulate in them. I avoid using thinsulate because it is a thermoplastic made by combining ethylene and/or propylene gases. To learn more click here. If you want to avoid using plastics because of the dangers to the environment during production of it, or to your health, then you will also want to avoid thinsulate. Another problem with thinsulate is that it will burn easily and comes with warnings to avoid being too close to heat sources or a hot iron. When a plastic burns it gives off plenty of chemicals, which is another reason to avoid it.
Why the big concern with where an item is made? Well, if I want to see my country get out of debt, and the economy restored to the point where most people who want a job can find a job then I need to buy what is made in my country. I don’t want any one to be out of work and unable to support themselves or their family, but it’s not my job to create jobs in China or even Portugal.
Why the big concern with what a product is made of? First I want to protect the health of those I love, but I also don’t want to contribute to the health issues of the workers producing items I buy.
Needless to say, the catalog is now in the recycling bin with nothing purchased from there this holiday season.
What do you look for when making a purchase whether for yourself or for a gift? Do you think about how the item was made or if it causes harm to those who produce it or later use it?
Note: all images today are from pixabay a free public domain site
Those that have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness. ~~ Steve Maraboli