I guess you might call this a rant and it`s been coming a long time. I am at the point where I want good old fashioned quality returned to the goods sold in America. My example is the Dearfoams slipper that for years cuddled my feet in soft comfort after a long day at work. I started wearing Dearfoams in the 1960`s. They first hit the market in about 1947. A soft and cushy respite after a long day, my feet snuggling in them soon as I got home.
I bought a new pair at a Big Box store yesterday. I bought the style I have used for years. Now they are not as plush, no longer having that deep comfort. I didn`t put them on and say "Ah", I said "ouch". Yes, I buy the least expensive style and they always felt great and lasted "forever". I finally looked at the label. I already knew with the cheap construction they were not made in the states, the manufacturing is farmed out to China.
I normally look at labels when I shop and I try to buy American made. Today I didn`t read far enough. My experience with a lot of import goods is terrible quality. Last year I bought a plastic water bottle at the good ol` Big Box. The dye came off the product onto my hands. I washed it and still the water tasted terrible. What chemicals was I putting in my body? My son sent me a famous name brand set of expensive Egyptian cotton bath towels. Plush, yes, but not healthy. They reeked of chemicals and the smell is still noticeable after washing and airing in the sun. I am going to be an even more observant and discerning shopper.
I know the situation is not going to change. Americans will continue to lose manufacturing jobs and many of those companies moving overseas are selling us an inferior product.
What am I doing? I try to buy local. I recycle. I search for vintage and other USA made fabric for my home sewing. I`m going to make sure towels and clothes don`t stink of chemicals before I buy. I`m done with plastic. I`m done buying Chinese. I`m not kidding. I`ve had enough.
Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend,