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Gap Feed Bags – Feeding Americans, Employing Chinese

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Oh Gap. Gap, Gap, Gap. You just never learn do you? You certainly have never been known for American or fair trade manufacturing, but this was kinda a dumb move. Gap. The clothier just ran a campaign selling a patriotic line of totes, and for every one of these bags sold, Gap would donates $5 to improve school food and nutrition in the States. It’s a great idea that I’m sure many locavores (if any locavores would ever been seen in a Gap) got on board for, but if anyone looked closer, they would have noticed that each sack had a tag saying “Made in China.” And people took note. And people were NOT pleased about this. Especially after Gap touted the bags all over the place as being “Made in the USA.”

Image via Huffington Post

Hmmm. Something certainly seems wrong about this. As great as Gap’s intentions are to feed school children, something still seems wrong with this. Gap wrote this email to website in response to questioning about this campaign:

“There are several bags in the FEED USA collection. The FEED USA Canvas Tote bag and the limited edition one-of-a-kind Bandana Bag are both made in the USA.

However, the FEED USA Denim Bucket bags are made in China, and should not have been connected to the made in the USA signs.
We apologize for any inaccurate messaging.
We are proud of our FEED USA partnership. Gap donates $5 toward FEED USA’s school lunch program for each bag sold.”

Hmmm. So consumers’ misunderstanding? Tricky, Gap. And after that email, the Chinese bags were suddenly sold out on the Gap website. This all is suspicious to me.

Unfortunately, many retailers like to make a big fuss about their American-made products – which I agree, they should. However, many try to leave consumers confused about their other products. And that’s what’s happened here. So once again, buy local whenever possible. You are more likely to be able to question the company about their manufacturing practices – and get a clear, concise answer.


Avoid Chinese Imports Containing Cadmium, Buy American

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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Buy Local silver pendants to avoid getting sick from imported ones made of cadmium.

Buy Local silver pendants to avoid getting sick from imported ones made of cadmium.

Remember the mess where American kids (and many others, I’m sure) were getting sick from the materials used in Chinese-made toys?  Well, it’s back.  Now in the form of cadmium rather than lead, the seemingly harmless imports are more dangerous than ever.  When Chinese manufacturers were denied the use of lead, they switched over to using cadmium, which is unfortunately even more threatening to the health of humans than the former substance.  What does this mean?  Be careful, of course.  Read the labels on products that you purchase before handing over that cash or credit card.  What does this situation also insinuate?  That you should Buy Local.  Replace imported pendants such as the one used as an example in this recent msnbc article on the issue with American made ones from producers such as The Sea Change.  You’ll be thankful that you spent that extra dollar down the road.

Ummm…Is This Weird to Anyone Else?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
Produced where?

Produced where?

So I was flipping through a catalog I saw today for a company called “Uncommon Goods“. They had a lot of great eco-friendly stuff, and I must say, a fair amount of “Made in the USA” goods. However, one item really peeved me. Check out this baby onesie that has “Produced Locally” written on it. Guess where “Produced Locally” is made? China! I know, I know, I get the joke on the onesie. But seriously, you couldn’t get it made in the US somewhere so it was truthful in all senses?

Buy some cute, AMERICAN-MADE,funny onesies for your kiddos from companies in our Locallectual directory.


The Price of Cheap

Thursday, April 17th, 2008