It wouldn't be the 4th of July without at least one flag cake
Every year, for the entire month of July, we empty all of the display windows at our Chapel Hill, NC location, fill them all with American-made products, and put them all on sale. It is one of our most popular sales and one that, as a locally-owned and operated small business, we hold very dear to our hearts.
This year, we've decided to take the sale nationwide and offer the same discount for American-made goods on our online store. For the entire month of July, we'll be discounting our American-made products and posting about the awesome American manufacturers we carry. So, we wanted to take a moment to talk about why you should buy American.
1. Protect yourself
The U.S. has something many countries lack: consumer, worker and environmental protection laws. The FDA, FTC, and EPA all exist to help protect Americans from manufacturing and trade practices that are exploitative and environmentally damaging. When you buy American-made products, you can assume that the product you are buying is not going to hurt you (or wasn't made in a way that exploited anyone else). And, if you do find that that product is defective or dangerous, you have options available to you that many people the in the rest of the world lack.
2. Protect your money
For much of the 20th century, America was considered the most creative country in the world. When you create something, you have a vested interest in its quality. Call it hubris, but we all like to know that our ideas are being treated with care and attention. That's why it is not enough for a product to be American-designed but foreign-made. We've been in operation for over 30 years and in that time, we've seen countless products take a sudden and drastic switch in quality, with the culprit pretty much always being a switch in manufacturing base. If you want a quality, long-lasting, product, then you should buy one from the people who invented it because they are interested in seeing it succeed.
3. Protect your country
The oldest argument to buy American is still the truest: buying American-made goods supports American jobs. No matter how many restrictions or incentives politicians attempt to place on American companies, the free market will win: supply will follow demand. If you demand American-made goods, companies will keep their manufacturing bases in America, which provides American jobs and strengthens the entire American economy.
Obviously, we here at Kitchenworks take this very seriously. None of us would have jobs without the support of our local community. But, there are plenty more reasons to shop local, all of which contribute to making America the best country it could possibly be.
4. Protect the world
Poor quality (ie: highly disposable) goods, long transportation routes, and unscrupulous manufacturing practices all wreak havoc on our environment. Buying American-made goods means creating less waste, using less fossil fuels, and protecting our air, earth and water.
We don't necessarily believe that ALL non-American goods are bad. Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible for quality goods to come out of China (eg: Bambu is a high-quality brand that is proudly made in China) and there are just some things you can't make in America (like German Steel knives). The movement of goods and resources across the world is what makes all of our economies possible, and without international trade, most of us wouldn't have very much access to spices, sugar, or salt (and how would your kitchen work then?). The onus is on the manufacturer to create quality goods without exploiting their workers, their consumers, or the world, and here at Kitchenworks, we believe in honoring those manufacturers whenever we can.
Tell us about some of your favorite American-made products in the comments.