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Does “Made in the USA” Mean It’s Sustainable?

5/3/2010 12:00:00 AM

Tags: made in the USA, sustainability, shopping, consumerism, products

When purchasing sustainable home products, green-minded consumers look at a lot of issues. Is the product energy efficient? What is it made of? Where are the materials sourced? Where is it made?

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Products made in the country you live in have a lower carbon footprint and embodied energy than products manufactured an ocean away. Photo By Clearly Ambiguous/Courtesy Flickr. 

Where a product is manufactured says a lot about its sustainability. Products made overseas have a higher carbon footprint and often are produced under unfair working conditions. For American residents, products made in the United States travel less distance and therefore have smaller carbon footprints; they also provide jobs to Americans (usually). While being made in the United States certainly doesn’t guarantee that a product is environmentally friendly, a recent study found that today’s consumers often equate “made in the USA” with “sustainable.”

When asked what criteria they used to determine if a home-improvement product were green, consumers listed “made in the USA” as their number two priority, and 9 percent said that was their top priority. Twenty-three percent said that locally grown produce was the most important aspect in buying sustainable food. More study participants also choose products made in the United States over fair-trade products or those whose proceeds went directly to nonprofits doing global work.

Does “Made in the USA” indicate that a product is environmentally friendly? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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