Why is “Made in the USA” so great?
I know sometimes we focus on getting the cheapest thing out there and moving on, but do you realize what “cheaper” and NOT “Made in the USA” means? I honestly didn’t realize what a big deal it was until recently. I just wanted to take a minute to highlight a few MAJOR reasons to buy Made in the USA products.
A big reason is that companies, like Backyard Fun Factory, that choose to keep their factories in the USA are providing jobs locally. This helps local workers provide for their families, as well as, benefit the entire economy of the US. These American businesses need services and goods from other American companies causing a ripple effect that radiates throughout the US.
Another HUGE plus to buying American Made is that products made overseas have a higher carbon footprint than American Made goods. Most products made in other countries have to be shipped all the way across the ocean to reach American stores.
And lastly, products that are made in the USA, like Backyard Fun Factory’s custom swing sets, create less pollution than products made in other countries. Many foreign companies produce hazardous chemicals that pollute the air, water, and soil. One of the reason’s it is cheaper to buy products made in other countries is that many of them have few to NO regulations to protect the environment. This lack of regulations not only effects the safety of the foreign workers, but also threatens the health of American consumers. Many children’s toys made in China have been recalled because they were unsafe. Things such as choking hazards and dangerous chemicals like lead paint and kerosene were found in these products, according to the New York Times in June of 2007.
Hopefully, these points will cause you to hesitate and read labels before your next purchase. Cheaper isn’t always safer or better for anyone! And that is why products, like Backyard Fun Factory redwood playsets, that are Made in the USA are so GREAT!