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An American manufacturer needs your help.

In Resources on June 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Today I received this email from Nova Lee, a young entrepreneur trying to fulfill her American manufacturing dream. She’s looking for our help.

“I am attempting to make an American made product and am needing public support to make it happen. The product is a reusable 16 oz cup that collapses down to under 2 inches and fits in your pocket. We call it HicCup. Take a look at this video and spread the word. What we need is is to raise 20k dollars to pay for the mold, which costs 45k. I’ve raised 25k and now I need help raising the rest. To accomplish this I will need to pre-sell 1667 cups at a price of 14$. Thanks for any support you can send my way and thank you for promoting products made in America!”

So if you’re looking for an environmentally friendly reusable plastic cup, or if you just want to help a young lady manufacture her product in the USA, visit her web site at to help.

Made In USA News

In Resources on May 16, 2009 at 12:41 am

There is a web site that aggregates pertinent news to people who are interested in things Made In The USA. It is called Made In USA News.

It may not be the most dynamic site you ever saw, but see it soon and you’ll see that there’s things to see there. See?

Sorry. I’m tired. Read the rest of this entry »

Sustainable Furnishings Council

In Resources on April 8, 2009 at 12:56 am

There’s a resource online for people who want to decorate their houses but don’t want to feel like a-holes for doing it. The Sustainable Furnishings Council web site provides information on all sorts of sustainable producing practices–from tree farming to air quality certification of adhesive products. Read the rest of this entry »

Oakleys are MITUSA (mostly)

In Resources on April 7, 2009 at 12:49 am

Did you know that Oakley sunglasses are Made In The USA? Apparently not all of them are made in the company’s SoCal headquarters, but most of them are.

Everything we design, we design here. And most innovations we produce are produced here.


But check the labels just to be sure.


I got yer Poof balls right here.

In Resources on April 6, 2009 at 12:39 am

Lest you think Zebulon is a fictional superhero-generating planet or a pop song from a German industrial band, allow me to introduce you to the real Zebulon. It is Zebulon USA, the place where you can buy only stuff that is Made In America. Like Poof balls (like Nerf, only Poof, and MITUSA) and underpants. Read the rest of this entry »

Could responsible lumber involve exotic Brazilian hardwoods?

In Resources on March 31, 2009 at 12:31 am

It has just occurred to me that maybe the best lumber option for my forthcoming fence and eventual deck will be the least American option.

There’s this newly popular Brazilian hardwood called Ipe (pronounced ee-pay) that is great for decks and fences because it’s very impervious to weather and insects. It’s super-dense and really exceptionally long lasting. It’s also really beautiful, and really expensive. Read the rest of this entry »

Is that a Qingdao Double Butterfly in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

In Resources on March 28, 2009 at 12:13 am

In a move expected to cost 300 American jobs, the government is switching to cheaper off-shore condoms, including some made in China.

The excerpt above is taken from a Kansas City Star story about USAID, distributors of more than 10 billion MITUSA condoms to prevent AIDS in poor communities around the world, moving from Alabama-made condoms to Chinese-made condoms. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m tired of weird commercials.

In Resources on March 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

This is only tangentially related to buying. It’s directly related to shopping, which is motivated by advertising and can lead to buying. So.

Is anybody else ready for those “weird for the sake of being weird” commercials to stop altogether? Like now. Immediamente.

Burger King is probably to blame. They started with a dancing online chicken thingy a few years ago, and that spawned weirdness on TV. Then they did the whole series of “reality” commercials Read the rest of this entry »

What does Buying American mean?

In Resources on March 25, 2009 at 12:07 am

I pondered this question in the car yesterday, on my way home, stuck in traffic on the Forest Park Parkway. I wrote it on the back of a McDonald’s receipt and enjoyed the incongruity.

What does Buying American mean? Read the rest of this entry »

Worst Company In America

In Resources on March 23, 2009 at 12:36 am

If you, like me, assume that the bigger a company is the more likely it is to harm or kill you for a profit, then you should read The Consumerist. The Consumerist is where regular people like you and me rise up and revolt against the corporations who have our worst interests at heart.

How does this tie in to buying American? Because buying American is buying with some sort of conscience. The Consumerist stands in for a corporate Read the rest of this entry »

Flies in the Gasoline

In Resources on March 21, 2009 at 12:54 am

My friend Adam called me the other night. And then he called me out.

His point was, essentially, that unless I’m doing without gasoline I’m not really “only buying American.”

That hurts, Adam. That hurts. Read the rest of this entry »

My New Yorker magazine ripoff: The Saint Louiser

In Resources on March 20, 2009 at 12:58 am

While I prefer Tiger Beat and the National Review, my pal Elon reads the New Yorker. (I don’t understand why. He lives in Los Angeles.) He mentioned to me that the recent Style Issue includes a story on Buying American.

Though they didn’t contact me for a quote, I approve of their effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Responsible Shopper

In Resources on March 18, 2009 at 12:40 am

There’s a site called Green America that publishes a Responsible Shopper guide for people who want to be, well, responsible shoppers.

At first blush I wonder how many of the “facts” on the web site are actually made up of rumor, opinion and innuendo.

For example, the Wal Mart page says “Wal-Mart hurts U.S. communities by undercutting local merchants and increasing urban sprawl, and its suppliers have been cited for labor and human rights violations.” Read the rest of this entry »

Why Buy American? Part II.

In Resources on March 5, 2009 at 12:08 am

After telling my friend, Elon (*Reader #6), about my fancy-schmancy blog he visited and read and even posted some comments. He also gave me some good feedback:

I’m digging the blog a lot, but wondering why you didn’t delve deeper into your initial motivations. I wanna know more.

To which I replied, after some babbling about buying American being just a whim:

I think the conglomerate answer is that it seemed like one simple thing I could do that would have a wide-ranging impact for me, personally. So instead of buying local or growing my own or saving money or buying less or not buying junk or buying organically or shopping green or supporting the American worker or fighting companies that ship jobs offshore or generally doing lots of different “responsible consumer” things, this one step might lead me to a bit of all that. And so far, I think it has.

I’m happy enough with that answer to share it.


(* Readers: #1 Shelley, #2 Leah, #3 Jeremy, #4 Dan, #5 Crystal, #6 Elon, #7 Bryn. Hi everybody.)

What happens in BelleVegas…

In Resources on February 12, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Dan followed up our flower exchange by pointing out several actually-Belleville-made items that one can shop for in person or via the Internets:

Sole Survivor – Leather goods. “Sole Survivor Leather manufactures leather belts, and small goods, owns and operates four e-commerce stores, and one retail storefront in downtown Belleville, IL” Read the rest of this entry »

CNN & Congress on “Buy American”

In Resources on February 5, 2009 at 9:52 pm

“Buy American” these days refers to language in the national economic stimulus package. It seems to me that Congress is really politicizing this issue, because the concept of buying American sure seems like a no-brainer on the surface. But in truth, the consequences of a national requirement to for the government to Read the rest of this entry »

Faked In The USA

In Resources on February 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

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Still Made In The USA

In Resources on January 17, 2009 at 11:25 am

1.2.09: I found a site that lists where to buy MITUSA stuff.  It not only lists why it’s good to buy American-made products, but it includes a large directory of them as well. I learned it is possible to buy American-made suits: Joseph Abboud at Nordstrom. Woohoo!