Made in America

Posted by Brooke Loeffler on Aug 12, 2022 4:10:20 PM

Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news? The good news is American manufacturing steadily clawed its way upward from 2010 to early 2020. The bad news...the Covid-19 pandemic wiped out a decade of manufacturing employment growth in only a matter of months. Fortunately, there is more good news on the horizon. Manufacturing in America is beginning to steadily recover lost ground, and we can all help! Let’s learn more about the benefits of buying American made and sourced products and how to find them.

Why Should I Buy Made in the USA Products?

There is always room for improvement in the manufacturing community, but in general there are many reasons to choose domestic products. 

why buy made in the usa products

Higher Fair Labor Standards

When you purchase products sourced and/or manufactured in the U.S., you are supporting a higher standard of labor practices enforced at the federal and state level. Many other countries do not legislate and/or enforce:

When companies outsource manufacturing labor to other countries in an attempt to lower costs, they also lower their ability to oversee the production process and ensure workers are being treated fairly. Even fastidious companies have had to drop products and make changes after discovering cases of child labor, forced labor, dangerous working conditions, trafficking, or even forced animal labor in their production line abroad. 

Product Quality And Safety

Currently, the top 2 manufacturing countries in the world are China and the United States, at $4 trillion and $2.3 trillion respectively. But quantity does not always mean quality. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) conducted a survey of both Chinese and American consumers and found that “85 percent of consumers in the U.S. and 82 percent in China believe American-made products are of higher quality.”

The United States enforces stricter product safety, advertising ethics, and consumer protection laws…the results are noticeable. These standards apply to individual components, the manufacturing process, as well as finished products. 

Support Local and National Economy

Since the start of the pandemic, we have all seen what happens when imported supply chains from abroad are disrupted. Purchasing American products creates a ripple of benefits for our country. When you buy domestically sourced and manufactured products, you employ fellow Americans and create stability that is invested back into your local and national economy. 

Made in America FAQ

Made in the USA FAQ

If a product has American flag imagery on the packaging, was it made in the USA?

Not necessarily. Anytime a product uses USA symbols or iconography, they are making an “implied claim” to be American made. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) then interprets these impressions and the context surrounding their claims to see if they are truthful or misleading and makes decisions on a case by case basis. 

  • Click here to learn more from the FTC.

How can I tell if a product is made in the USA?

All automobiles, textiles, wool, and fur products are required by law to disclose their USA made content. For all other products, there is no law requiring a disclosure of USA made content. 

However, companies that choose to claim USA made content (through words or symbols) must comply with the FTC’s Made in the USA standards or risk fines and other penalties.

  • Click here to learn more from the FTC.

What is the difference between “sourced” and “manufactured” in the USA?

To claim that a product is “Made in the USA”, a company must be able to prove that “all or virtually all” of the product’s creation occurred in the United States with US sourced components. The FTC reviews the components, sources, and manufacturing processes for compliance.

Some companies source components from other countries and then assemble them in the United States. These companies are required to use phrases like “Assembled in USA” or “Made in USA from imported/global parts.”

  • Click here to learn more from the FTC.

Who certifies and enforces Made in the USA products?

The FTC is the only legal authority on Made in the USA products. However, there is no universal seal or logo that must be used on these products. Companies can use different icons and/or text to show their Made in the USA credentials. There are a few privately owned review boards that provide their own version of an American made seal/logo, however they are not affiliated with the FTC. 

  • Click here to learn more from the FTC.

Redmond Salt and Volcanic Clay: Proudly Sourced From  American Soil

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Deep in the heart of central Utah, Redmond proudly harvests our all-American mineral salt and volcanic clay from our ancient deposit. These unique resources form the foundation for a wide family of all natural Redmond Minerals products, enjoyed by many different industries. Our hardworking team is proud to source directly from American soil; click here to learn more about our history, and mine. Give Redmond a call today at 866-709-3192 to enjoy the security and quality of our Made in the USA products for your plants, animals, and operation!

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