Welcome to my world of living local!
I’m Anna. A Swedish-American, engineering manager, mom, wife, sister, aspiring writer and environmentalist. This is my blog.
I’m all about eco-living, sustainable habits and not buying anything made in China – #NotMadeinChinaChallenge.
That means I buy local, USA-made products when possible, and I’m always looking for ethical, zero waste, eco-friendly choices – and I’d like to help you do the same (read – learn – change). That’s why I call this blog made right (here) – I want goods made right, and preferably, made right here!
I’m also obsessed with renewable energy, reducing and reusing, organic produce and Tesla (Yes, I have one!). I am definitely not an eco-perfectionist, and I don’t think anyone has to be in order to make a huge difference. I do what I can, don’t obsess when I fail, and write about all sorts of eco-topics.
If I could have one wish granted, with the health of our planet in mind, it would be to have every single politician paid by the oil industry permanently removed from government(s). Fossil fuel is so last century.
So how did it all begin?
January 4th, 2014 I decided that I had had enough. Enough of cheap goods. Enough of America’s overconsumption. Enough of high priced clothing from J.Crew made unethically in China. Enough of the distance I had created between my consumption behavior and my beliefs. Why is EVERYTHING made in China? Doesn’t America make products anymore?
To be honest, I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve always had a lot of words in me, a lot of wit, but never had a topic I was so passionate about, that I could turn it into a book or even a blog. In March 2014, I realized that The Not Made in China Challenge might be that perfect topic, that this growing passion for consuming with love could finally translate some of my thoughts into actual words.
My very first blog post, Let’s Begin the Challenge, became the starting point of this blog, and still today, what I set out to achieve in my one year challenge (now going on four) is still very much true and at the core of what I believe: support your local economy, purchase what is made right, read that damn tag.
As time has passed, I’ve come to rock this challenge, continuously getting better at shopping everything made right (here), pushing further and finding better resources. As I discover new brands and products I share it here on my blog, hoping to be a positive light and influence in the world. If just one person is inspired to shop differently and change their behavior a teeny bit because of my blog, I have succeeded. That is the sole purpose of my words.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!
[If you’re interested in me writing for your environmental magazine (!) or want to use some of my content on your page, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at least give me the credit y’all.]
Want more details on why I am on a Not made in China Challenge? Check out this post.