Reader suggests a new shopping strategy

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008

A few years ago my husband began bringing my attention to how much we buy in stores is "Made in China." I felt he was being extreme and overzealous when he asked me not to purchase him anything "Made in China" for Christmas. It seemed most everything I picked up at the time was "Made in China."

It used to be mostly trinkets, but now it seems in recent years that everything I pick up now is "Made in China." I've now made it a habit to look each time I go to purchase anything to check for that label. All housewares, hardware, office equipment, gifts and now clothes are all "Made in China." I wonder what effect this will have on us as a country?

I love our "Made in Alaska" labels we now have; and our local artists and craftspeople give us an opportunity to invest in our own community at Christmas time and now with our Wednesday and Saturday markets. As Christmas nears this year, I will be trying to purchase from our local entrepreneurs and maybe get a little crafty myself. I love a homemade gift myself so much more anyway.

Encourage your kids right now to start making their gifts -- homemade jelly from our rich berry yielding country, canned salmon, baked goods, easy sewn lap quilts, framed poems, pressed flower laminated bookmarks, etc. Your time and theirs is part of that wonderful gift.

And perhaps, take a minute the next time you pick up something to buy to check the label. It will probably stun you to see how hard it is to not buy something "Made in China."

Annette Pankoski


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