As of Sunday January 4th I’ve completed my first year of my “not made in China challenge”. And with that, this one year commitment has officially made me consider this my new lifestyle.
Still, living a not made in China life is like being on a constant diet, you always have to consider your options and read tags. There’s no getting around that.
Let’s say Chinese goods are like carbs… People will tell you; “Not all carbs are bad!” “Carbs won’t hurt you.” They’ll say that they manage to lead a healthy lifestyle while including carbs. Still, cutting out carbs completely, seem to help people get healthier and reduce their overall calorie intake. They may spend more money on healthier choices but their overall grocery bill stays the same, since all sugary, carby things (read cookies, candy, soda, cereal) actually add up quick! We can all live without such foods – so why spend the money?
Not made in China is a diet that has reduced my overall consumption drastically.
There are many want-to-have-products without a domestic or not made in China alternative. It’s unfortunate, for me, but ultimately that means zero merchandise-calorie intake. Yes, I may spend more on one specific item than what a China-shopper would spend, but add up all my spending and it’s nowhere near what I spent the year before (the challenge).
It’s like I’m buying the fruits and veggies of merchandise, the stuff that’s really nutritious for our country; supporting small businesses, US entrepreneurs and locally made products. And the fact that very often these local products are organic or eco friendly, well that’s just a bonus.
Nothing or no one will convince me to change my view on this!
Enjoy the blog in 2015!! Let’s all shop local and reduce our footprint!