Made in the USA
We work with many small, family businesses manufacturing products in the USA. Support for these businesses helps strengthen our regional economy and generally offers a lighter footprint for products that would otherwise be sourced overseas.
After products Made in Canada, we look for products made in the USA.
The price of every product you buy includes the cost of transportation to the store you are buying from then, if you are buying online, shipping to you. When you buy closer to home, you pay less for transportation.
With rising oil prices, we see higher gas prices as consumers. As you see gasoline prices go up, consider how the cost of transportation goes up for companies moving massive amounts of consumer goods around the world. In some cases, we have already started to see higher energy costs translating into higher prices on everyday products as those costs ripple through the supply chain. We haven’t see the full effect of this yet. Transporting products from many thousands of miles away will make a bigger difference until energy costs go down—IF energy costs go down.
Issues sourcing oil and gas also mean that packaging costs will rise for any product that comes in plastic, from those giant clam-shell packages for small electronic items to cereal bags to soft plastics wrapped around your organic mushrooms. Pennies here and there for higher oil prices will add up, and we will be forced to look for ways to cut down on costs wherever we can.
Buying from our neighbors to the south is one way to cut our costs and keep the environmental footprint of goods transportation to a minimum.
Look for popular U.S. brands like Kissaluvs, Rockin’ Green Soap, and Earth Mama Angel Baby.
FreeHand Mei Tai Baby Carrier
FreeHand Mei Tai was voted “the BEST newborn Mei Tai” by our tester moms. FreeHand baby carriers and Peekaru products are both made by TogetherBe, who maintain their socially conscious focus by keeping their products made in the USA in Colorado. Read more about TogetherBe founder Melissa Radcliffe in our manufacturer profile.
This month, we are telling you more about our Safe Family Promise at bynature.ca. To make it easy for you to identify products by their key attributes, look for our standards labels.