My Chinese Footprint Getting Smaller

Plastic Piece on Earth

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Actually, I have been posting about , and boycotting (when possible), Chinese products since 2006.

Where my stuff comes from is important. The closer, the better. We try hard to buy local, organic, sustainable, and fair trade.

We are not perfect at it. But over time our negative impact on the Earth has lessened while our dollars have stayed closer to home.  It is an ongoing process of personal growth and deepening commitment. Understanding that executives don’t give a shit beyond the bottom line – their jobs, mortgage, family, and toys.

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Since the 1990’s I have been taking an informal survey of persons wearing American flagged apparel. Also, when in  clothing stores I will look at the labels.  Ninety eight percent of the time the item is made elsewhere.

How about this sentiment on your infant’s onesie.  I guess if you disagree with our inherent militarism you ought to be shot.  That is the American Way to some.  They love to “defend” freedoms they don’t believe in.  As long as it involves shooting.  They see life as Win-Lose.

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Please understand, I have no animus toward the Chinese people or culture.  I have much regard for them.  One might argue that a boycott would hurt the people.  If  this is so, they will turn and put added pressure on their government to do the right things.

Also, I have no animus for gun owners.  However I do abhor the the use of threat to dissuade others from thinking differently.  Isn’t that what we should be defending – the freedom of thought.
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2 Responses to My Chinese Footprint Getting Smaller

  1. Harold says:

    They also totally screwed up the metaphor. “I’ve got a great thing for the onesie, J.F.! ‘If you don’t stand behind our soldiers, then stand in front of them!” That’ll be a sure-fire conversation-starter at the playgroup!” “Sounds great, Joe! We’ll just run it past marketing, see if they want to make any editorial changes…”

    Ideally, I’d like to see the Chinese people demand working conditions, safety protections, and pay on par with their Western counterparts. This would help to level the playing field, but at the same time it would raise the cost of imported products to be more on par with domestic products. I’ve always wondered what the net effect on the economy would be. If, for example, entry-level computers cost $3000 instead of $500, how many people would buy them? How many school districts would do without?

    I wonder where that onesie is made?

    • qazse says:

      Thanks for your comments.

      Yes, they did screw it up. Your marketing imaginings remind me of the Dan Ackroyd SNL character who was a mustachioed sleazy salesman (eg: the Bassmatic and bag o’ glass kid’s toy).

      I wish I knew more economics . You bring up interesting points.

      Ninety-eight percent chance that onsie is made outside the U.S. 🙂

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