This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
The holidays are well behind us, but even though we aren't laser-focused on buying that American-made gift for family or loved ones, we should still seek to buy American whenever possible.
"We've been making Anchor Hocking glassware right here in the USA for more than a century. For all that time, our products have remained a staple in kitchens around the world by staying on the edge of craftsmanship and in the center of American-made quality.
"Supporting American jobs is a source of great pride for us, and it's important to our customers too. They appreciate our dedication to the workforce here at home. And abroad, 'made in the USA' means something else – quality."
For American-made footwear, try Origin, Shloop, Red Wing, and Footskins.
Origin sources all its leather from Wisconsin's Seidel Tanning Factory and its denim from Georgia's Mount Vernon Mills for production in its Farmington, Maine factory employing nearly all of the company's 600 workers.
Origin (boots, jeans, and other apparel) exhausts all avenues to ensure all materials, fibers, and components are sourced in America, exceeding Berry Amendment Standards. If a component is made on American soil, they use it.
Shloop (The Shoe Loop – https://shloop.it/) co-founder Rachel Hunt said the company sees a "huge opportunity" to potentially be America's first domestic sustainable footwear manufacturer, help the community and the state, and support a "domestic innovation hub" for other brands. "We want that to go back into our economy instead of China's," she said.
Thanks to $9 million of capital investment, the not-yet-completed 30,000-square-foot plant should produce 56 jobs when it comes online in a town with a population of 34,000 about 100 miles east of Jackson, Mississippi.
Red Wing Heritage sources materials from the United States as much as possible, giving the company a score of over 90 percent according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements needed to declare "Made in the USA" on its products. Note: Red Wing's WORX brand footwear is imported.
Footskins ( https://www.footwearbyfootskins.com/) creates custom deerskin and cowhide leather moccasin-styled footwear handcrafted in America for men, women, and children. Their all-leather accessories are completely made in the USA of American leather.
ShopPOPdisplays (https://www.shoppopdisplays.com/) bills itself as the "Leading Manufacturer of Made in USA Stock & Custom Displays." However, when browsing the website, look for the "Made in USA" icon to ensure you aren't viewing a product made by a global supplier.
The Woodland Park Collection of ready-to-assemble wood display units and the line of acrylic risers are made in the USA.
Libman (https://libman.com/) products have been family-made in the USA since 1896. According to the website, "The vast majority of our products are made right here in the USA in Arcola, IL. What began over 125 years ago as a wire wound corn broom, has evolved into a full line of cleaning products, including brooms, mops, brushes, sponges, gloves, liquid cleaners, and more."
You will find Libman products in many retail stores across America. To find a store near you, visit https://libman.com/where-buy.
If you enjoy a great cup of tea as I do (I don't drink coffee), you might check out Well Rooted Teas. The mission of this Minnesota-based company is to support local agricultural communities and purchase ingredients from local farms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Most farms are certified organic, and none use synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or GMOs.
I plan to start by ordering a pack of 20 tea bags for just $5.00 before trying some of their appealing seasonal blends. Even the Double Walled Infuser Bottle is made in the USA. All you have to do is add tea to the infuser basket, fill the bottle with hot water, and you're ready for hot tea on the go!
It's always uplifting to discover new ways to buy American-made products from American-owned companies to keep our dollars circulating in our local communities and our country. Our local and national prosperity depends on it.