Sunday, June 19, 2011

The 1% Solution

37 Comments:

Blogger Tammi Klusewitz said...

Here's a starting point:

http://www.americansworking.com/

12:49 AM  
Blogger wootini said...

This is a fantastic idea! It's a little off the beaten path, but should anyone ever need excellent figure or roller skates Riedell has been making their products in Redwing, Minnesota for over 60 years. (Your post makes me feel a bit better about the rather large sum I am about to spend on my daughter's new skates!)

3:50 AM  
Blogger knit one, knit two said...

Preach it sister! Great post.

I noticed recently that the books I buy - kids, knitting patterns, whatever - are printed overseas. Since when can't we print our own books? Frustrating.

4:22 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Yay a new Q-Tea! And you look so pretty! :)
This is an awesome post, Quinn. Thanks for this. I know that Shabby Apple is making their Green Leaf line here in the U.S. (www.shabbyapple.com). It's a bit pricey, but they're special occasion dresses, so maybe that's justifiable.

4:35 AM  
Blogger moonbow said...

New Balance sports shoes

6:36 AM  
Blogger moonbow said...

New Balance sports shoe

6:37 AM  
Blogger Leta said...

American Apparel. Their ads, alas, look too much like porn for my comfort but the clothes are made in Los Angeles and the company has several worker-friendly programs.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.thenewenglandtradingcompany.com/About_Us.htm

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Riin said...

Happy Fuzzy Yarn, right here from my Ann Arbor studio. http://happyfuzzyyarn.com

11:07 AM  
Blogger Nancy in PA said...

Good work, Quinn!! Also love the post above with the database link. We try hard to buy American but it seems so impossible sometimes that it has become quite discouraging. This is both motivation and information - much appreciated!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Totally second New Balance Shoes. They are FANTASTIC, and they even have a line of work appropriate footwear!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Florida's Natural juices are grown in Florida

4:40 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Tom's of Maine - lots of great products...love the toothpaste.

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products! Made in USA

Environmentally friendly
Biodegradable
Cruelty Free

ROCKIN' COOL! These WORK!, smell incredible, look cool on your countertop and are in most local markets (i get mine at our local Raley's)

www.mrsmeyers.com

10:25 AM  
Blogger Nancy in PA said...

Burt's Bees - Made in America AND way healthier than most other brands. We use their toothpaste and sunscreen. I also second Tom's of Maine - one of the few NON-antiperspirant (AKA no aluminum ingredients) deodorants on the marker...

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carmex lip balm and hand/foot creams. Made in Franklin, Wisconsin. http://www.mycarmex.com

8:22 PM  
Blogger The Write Girl said...

I love that from now on, while doing my families shopping errands, I will be reading labels and looking for the Made in the USA. Thanks for encouraging such an amazingly simple mindset!

I also happened across a program on the Discovery Channel last night....it was the redneck comedian guy....whatshisname....anyway, it was a show, something like "Only in the USA," and they profile American companies. I saw a brief overview of the company that makes Tobasco sauce down in Louisiana. Fascinating and yes, Made in the USA.

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Kerry in NJ said...

Great blog post! Herr's snack foods (chips, pretzels, etc.) are made in the USA, and it also looks like they are an eco-friendly company too!

Of course, you can always chase down your Herr's snacks with some Samuel Adams beer - also made in the USA.

Don't have too much, though, as alas, Alka Seltzer is made in Germany.......

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just poking around my desk here, but I've found a few.

1) Sally Hansen nailpolish. I don't know about the rest of Sally Hansen but the nailpolish? Yes.

2) My Walmart Equate Facial Cleansing Towellettes (make up remover thingys.) I didn't know Walmart still carried anything made in the USA.

3) My ThermaCare heat wraps

4) Johnson & Johnson Cornstarch Baby Powder

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Barby from Michigan said...

Cherry Republic products - made in Michigan. Cherry salsa that's out of this world! Cherry sangria, jams, soda pop...check out their website http://www.cherryrepublic.com/

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Susie said...

As the owner of a shop that sells all handmade (in the US) items, I encourage everyone to support the independent brick-and-mortar stores where you live, too. If you buy American-made products from the businesses who populate your own downtown business district, it's a double-win! :)

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.saveourcountryfirst.com/Default.aspx

I read about this on the comments section of the pioneerwoamn website and thought to pass it along here. so wonderful that so many people want to do this!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Kikkoman soy sauce is also made in Wisconsin.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Great idea! I discovered your blog from Jen Lancaster's blog, jennsylvania, and am thrilled to see this Q-Tea about American owned companies. Our family business makes a product called Puddle Out, an all natual cleaner and deodorizer for multi-pet homes. Safe for cats, dogs, birds, and ferrets. Also safe to be used around children. Reasonably priced (a 32 ox. sprayer bottle is $9.99 plus S&H). Made in the USA, from materials produced in the USA, and packaged in materials made by American owned companies. Check out our product line at happycatsolutions.com and find us on facebook (search "Puddle Out"). Thanks so much for supporting American businesses!

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this! I try to buy American as much as possible, especially for my bigger purchasers.

The ONLY coffeepot still made in America? Bunn. They make tea stuff too. I did soooo much research on this one. Many pots/makers are made outside the US and in country's with lower standards for metal and plastic (i.e. China).

http://www.bunnomatic.com

12:22 PM  
Blogger Twisted Susan said...

My liquor budget goes to local wine.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Narya said...

If you buy shoes from Zappos, you can put "made in US" in the search box and the shoes made in the US pop up.

Lodge cast iron products (not the enameled stuff, just the cast iron) is made in the US, as is All-Clad, for those of us who have a zillion dollars to spend on pans.

I've particularly started reading food labels for this, as it is just senseless, environmentally, to haul food from halfway around the world. Also? I love my CSA share, even though I have had more turnips & bok choy in the past two months than I really ever expected to eat.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3M is an American company, though they are diversified and I'm not sure if everything is made in the US.

By the way, be careful with New Balance. They used to make shoes in the US, but now you have to check the label.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Oh this is great! I was lamenting my knowledge of US-manufactured goods when I remembered that my husband and I spend half of our food budget on locally produced and/or manufactured food - CSA's, eggs, meat, tofu, milk, flour, legumes, coffee (locally roasted, fair-trade). We buy locally-created clothes and shoes made with US manufactured leather. We're annoying.

All-Clad is made in the US, as is Pyrex.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous wendi said...

Jade yoga mats! And they donate part of their profits to really great causes. That's double cool.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Jmoore said...

Little tikes and Step 2 toys are made in the USA.

For more toys made in the USA, go to: http://www.toysmadeinamerica.com/

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

I applaud you for doing this! ABC News did a segment about Made In America that was very eye opening. They list products made here in the USA on their website and the list can be brought up by state, which is very nice.

Thank you Quinn!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fiestaware!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous XO Handworks said...

Soldered Map Pendants & Scrabble Letter Gifts handmade in Minnesota:
http://xohandworks.com/

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Hi, here is a link to cooking utensils made in the USA.

http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/kitchen.html

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Lydia said...

Yes, yes, yes! My family has been discussing this topic recently and lamenting how hard it is to find USA products. The above posts are helpful (and make me feel better about my All-Clad pans). I look forward to sharing this info with family and friends.

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If life were that easy. Alas, liberal wishful thinking makes us feel good, but gets us nowhere on a practical basis. It's like pissing in the wind.

It takes more than the 200,000 jobs PER month just to offset the young people entering into the workforce.

Nice thought, but no cigar. And no, I'm not a Republican.

4:10 AM  

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