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While it’s never hurts to take a global view when it comes to buying food—or really anything else—there are many reasons Americans prefer products manufactured in the United States. Whether you’re hoping to stimulate the economy or just view shopping American-made products as an act of patriotism, you’re probably not alone in your thinking. In fact, according to a 2015 report by Consumer Reports, 80 percent of American shoppers say they prefer to buy goods made in the U.S. And shopping made-in-the-U.S.A. items may do more good than you realize—here’s a closer look at why.
Benefits of Buying Products Made in the U.S.A.
There are a variety of benefits to purchasing products that are manufactured in the U.S. Here are a few reasons to choose brands that are based in the States.
- Lower carbon footprint: Buying products that are produced overseas and then shipped to the U.S. burns more fossil fuels than buying U.S.-made items.
- Economic support: When you choose products made in the U.S.A., you help to create and keep jobs in the U.S., which invigorates our country’s economy.
- Protect workers’ rights: Not all countries produce goods ethically. When you buy a U.S.-produced item, that usually means its manufacturing didn’t involve child labor or inhumane working conditions.
Tips for Shopping Products Made in the U.S.A.
The most important thing to remember when shopping U.S.-made items is to read labels carefully. When an item is labeled “Made in the U.S.A.” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires the product to have all or nearly all of its content made in this country—including parts, processing, and labor. Products that are labeled as “Assembled in the U.S.A.” or “Designed in the U.S.A.” may include parts that were made in other countries.
Top Brands Made in the U.S.A.
Support U.S.-based brands with these household staples.
Load up on complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, and dietary fiber with each Bob’s Red Mill product. The wholesome brand’s grains and flours are made with whole—not processed—grains, which means all parts of the kernel are used.
Ideal for grain-free baking, this super soft, versatile flour is made from whole almonds, ground with the skin on, and nothing more. Try it instead of all-purpose or wheat flour for wholesome breads, cookies, pancakes, and more.
Each nutrient-rich Amazing Grass product is conveniently packaged so you can get a dose of sustainably sourced green superfoods anytime, anywhere.
Get an energy boost and promote detoxification with this powerful blend of nutritious greens, phytonutrient-packed fruits, veggies, cereal grasses, digestive enzymes, and probiotics.
This buzzworthy brand started in 1984 with just one product: the iconic beeswax lip balm. Since then, Burt’s Bees has expanded to offer all types of skin care essentials, including soaps and lotions.
This pediatrician-tested formula gets to the bottom of skin irritations with 40 percent zinc oxide along with jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, and shea butter.
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