Monday, September 26, 2011

Consumer Choices Do Make a Difference

From Ann Hovanec comes an item that is well worth passing on. It's not original to her and, from the way it came across my e-mail, it looks like the regular kind of cute-funny-interesting tidbits that we all find frequently in our inbox. But this one was different.

Claire and I heartily believe in the power of consumer integrity; that is, in making Jesus Christ Lord over our economics as well as other areas of our lives. Therefore, we avoid goods made in China because of their use of slave labor and their brutal one-child-only policies. We boycott goods and services provided by companies that give to Planned Parenthood and other viallanous causes. Indeed, we write letters and engage in other types of protest to try and persuade companies to do the right thing.

And so we think the message in the piece below deserves careful consideration by everyone. Thanks, Ann.

This probably sounds crazy, but just yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA. They are just as good.

Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found  some made in the USA and they were $3.00 cheaper.  We are being brain washed that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so. That is also why I don't buy cards at  Hallmark anymore. They are made in China and are expensive. I buy them at Dollar Tree....50 cents each and made in USA.

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very  much, a billion of them would.  With that thought in mind, read the following, obviously written by a good American . . .

Good idea . . .. One light bulb at a time . . ..

I was in Lowe's the other day for some reason and just for the heck of it I was looking at  the hose attachments... They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it  I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking ...

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy  or do affects someone else - even their job. So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track..  Let's get behind her!

My grandson likes Hershey's candy.  I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more. My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico... Now I have  switched to Crest.  You have to read the labels on everything....

This past weekend I was at Kroger . .. . I needed 60W light  bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand  I normally buy was an off-brand labeled, " Everyday Value ." I picked up both  types of bulbs and compared the stats they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and  the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use  every day that are made right here...

So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets. Yep, you  guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you  shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your  address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies!