I started out with the intent of writing about why you should buy American made apparel and using an American flag image. But I decided that I would use the photo on the left because it is more disturbing (and it should be).
Believe it or not, in this day and age there are still many countries engaging in making apparel with child labor as well as operating adult sweat shops. This is usually an inherent property of developing countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia etc.
But we would guess that if you looked deep enough you would find some examples on the US mainland as well. The Fashion District in Los Angles comes to mind.
Apparel, such as Hawaiian shirts from Wave Shoppe are made in San Diego, California and Honolulu, Hawaii. In contrast, Tommy Bahama merchandise is actually manufactured in the Far East (China), though we are sure that they use labor compliant apparel companies for manufacturing. When you purchase Hawaiian shirts we would suggest that you purchase from a company that offers American made Hawaiian shirts. There is a good chance that the money you spend will be re-spent within our own economy and not used to stimulate some county you don’t live in.
For more information on these labor abuses we recomend visiting the Child Labor Coalition
How you can still buy American? MSN offers some good advice and you can visit sites such as Still Made In USA for listings of companies that offer American made products.
If you know of a great resource site that lists companies that sell American made products, please leave a comment with the URL to the site and there is a good chance that we will approve it.