I always see this ad in the flight-magazine when I travel Southwest. “Overseas Manufacturing isn’t as scary as you think”. Really, what do you think, I think?
Here are four reasons as to why it’s actually pretty, darn scary (and why this company should start looking for other expertise since they will be out of business sooner or later)
1. The clothing factory in Bangladesh that collapsed in 2013 and killed over 1,100 uninsured employees. On top of that, over 2,500 were injured.
2. That Pakistan is the most polluted country in the world. Pollution PM 2.5 levels are at 101 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter). Recommended value for not risking premature death or chronic diseases, looking at annual average, is 15 μg/m3 (*)
3.The American Embassy in Beijing reports that PM 2.5 pollution levels often hit over 500 μg/m3 short term. At these conditions, children can’t go to school as it is a threat to their health.
4.Container ships (that bring all the goods over here) are associated with serious environmental threats such as greenhouse emissions, nitrogen- and sulfur oxide emissions (which cause acid rain), disruption of maritime life, and oil spills.
Enough said. Shop local!
(*)Particulates less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (PM 2.5) are referred to as “fine” particulates and are believed to pose the largest health risks. Read more about pollution and how it is measured here
I finally faced my fears and headed to the premium outlets. “Fall fashion here I come” type deal.
Tory Burch, has moved a bit further up my list of places I like. It is, for sure, one of the busiest places in the outlet, one needs to battle a few fashionistas, in a so called “fight for flats” but it’s normally worth it. A few months ago I did get a pair of the famous Tory Burch flats (Brazilian made) and had to skip on a matching Chinese bracelet, but as of this Saturday, I am the proud owner of an even cuter bracelet, made right here. Wow, so excited. Brown leather, double wrap with gold emblems.
Made in USA heaven, also known as New Balance, didn’t let me down either. Pink sneakers for me, yes please, the deal; 32 bucks! And who knew, even the paper bags are made in USA.
I did have to compromise on quite a few fine-knit sweaters (my favorite thing). Banana had a grey one with a red Vespa, Nautica had stripes and anchors, J-crew had some cardigans I really liked. But I passed. I did splurge on an imported sweater from Tommy H. Sure, I don’t like spending lots of cash on imports from the east but a girl’s gotta wear something. That something might as well be a soft, off white popover with faux-leather details from Philippines. Perfect for cold days in the office.
Despite all this success for me, my husband (also an active member of the not made in China challenge) still managed to come home with more shoes and tops than I! How does he do it?!