Summer is here, and months after ditching my New Year's promises, I've decided on a "Fourth of July" resolution: to buy more products made in the United States. So I'm going to score some fireworks, sing the Star-Spangled Banner and show my Fourth of July pride by bagging some great products made right here in America.
When it comes to patriotic purchasing, it's pretty hard to find out where the things we wear, eat, and use actually come from. After pouring over news articles, online databases, and company profiles, I resigned myself to mindlessly searching Google for "made in the USA".
It turns out, this keyword search is a quick and easy way to find American made products online. If you're looking to snag some shoes, try visiting the popular site 6pm.com. Search "Made in USA" or just "USA" in the search bar, and the site pulls all its products made right here in America. From there, you can refine your search by style, color, and price. With a few clicks, you've got a whole collection of American-made shoes within your specifications.
Here some other popular shopping sites for easily finding American products:
Search "Made in USA":
Hundreds of sites let you search like this, but always make sure read the product description. Sometimes "USA" denotes the item is simply shipped to the USA, and clothing, although produced in the USA, is usually made from imported fabrics and materials. But for someone that wants to quickly find American-made items, nothing beats this simple search method.
Search By "Made In USA" Checkbox:
Some stores make it one step easier by including a special "made in USA" check box on their site. Here are a few that deserve a shout-out for showing us their American-made goods without any extra work:
It may seem like everything from your socks to your cell phone charger displays "Made in China", but there are many popular products that are still made right here in America. Here are some of the best products we found:
Do you know of any other great products made in the USA? Do you think it's worth searching out American-made items? Let us know in the comments below!
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