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Does "MADE IN THE USA" Make You More Comfortable?

Does "MADE IN THE USA" Make You More Comfortable?

In light of all the recalls, toy manufacturers are being held accountable for products that are below health and safety standards. And, as a result, toy company images are being tarnished with every new recall. Congresswoman Louise McIntosh Slaughter has encouraged Mattel to reopen their manufacturing plant in New York in an attempt to rehabilitate their image, especially for their Fisher-Price brand. The company closed their last American plant in 2001. Since then, nearly 65 percent of their toys are made in China with the rest made in other foreign countries. Does it make a difference if the toy you buy says "MADE IN THE USA" as opposed to "MADE IN CHINA"?

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beansandsyke beansandsyke 8 years
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eeow eeow 8 years
There are always options, it just depends how dedicated you are to them. Which means asking yourself how much you're willing to risk when it comes to your children. For toys, there aren't many made it the USA but there are a few companies based out of Europe that are trustworthy. I have a baby, so that's what I'm most familiar with, but I love HABA toys. When it comes to clothes, it is also difficult to find trustworthy sources, but a few favorites of mine are: speesees.com katequinnorganics.com kee-ka.com These aren't necesserily made in the USA, but they are made following strict quality control and the labor used to create them is monitored. piecetextiles.com is launching soon with a line of organic and made-in-the-usa lovies and blankets. Everything tends to be more expensive when you buy local and/or organic, but you don't need to buy as much, because usually the quality is better. And just think: Quality over quantity! Our vote with our dollars is much stronger in many ways than the one we place every first Tuesday in November: Vote for what you believe in.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
So hard to buy American now adays. It's all about the outsourcing. Make the most money for the cheapest stuff. Sucks because it effects the small business owner a LOT. I always try to buy local produce and food. Clothes is harder. Wasn't there a documentary or a book about this woman and her family buying and consuming only American products? I forgot what it was called....
prestopink prestopink 8 years
exactly, i agree with comment number one, nothing is made in the USA anymore NOTHING barely!
cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
I do try to "buy american" (and buy local!) whenever possible to support small and independent businesses and to support manufacturing here. It's more expensive, but IMO, worth it to me. With that said, however, it isn't always an option... so I try to purchase from local and independent retailers whenever possible.
Novaraen Novaraen 8 years
I dont usually notice the "Made in..." on the toys. When i do see it, it more often than not says "Made in China" So far we havent had any of those toys that they've recalled and im pretty selective about what toys they get. Its true that reading Made in the USA doesnt usually mean that ALL the parts involved were made here.
vinnie vinnie 8 years
It's definitely Mattel's fault for allowing toys to be made in a country that hs lower standards for regulation. Mattel should have representatives on the ground enforcing higher safety standards.
catchawhale catchawhale 8 years
People need to realize that it isn't the Chinese fault that the products aren't up to our standards. Mattel even told the press that it was their fault and it was due to their miscommunication that the toys aren't safe.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I think the products would more likely be made to standard if they were made here. But I agree with katday, even if it was made here, the parts would still be from overseas.
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
Good luck finding Made in the USA and have the product really made in the USA including all of it's parts...
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