OK, so it's time I fess up. I design products that are made in China and Indonesia as a living. Yep. It's a mighty big contradiction. However, I hope one day I can run a company where products are Made in USA. Plus, I like to think that the money I make from the job is funneled back to our economy, because I'm only buying American made clothing. It's actually because my line of work that I'm so interested in the outsourcing/Made in USA issue.
Anywho, today I spoke at a high school career day about designing for a living. I showed some of finished products, and a student asked if it was Made in China. I said yes, either China or Indonesia. He then said "My whole house is Made in China". While it didn't seem appropriate to bring up this project, I had to agree with him. You know it's bad when high schoolers are proclaiming that everything in their life is Made in China.
Later, while chatting with some teachers, they said that lots of students don't want to go to college. They just want a job, and to make money. I think that's totally fine, except there aren't enough jobs easily accessible out of high school. If there were more factory jobs, only the people who want to go to college would, and those who don't could just work at a good paying job. But we, as Americans, need to accept paying more for product, so factory workers could make a decent wage.
PS. I like my job, and I don't want to be disrespectful, so I won't say what I design, or the name of the company.
Hello! I'm a 30 year old gal with a liking for doing year long projects. I've done a year without any form of chocolate, a year without coffee shops, and 5 years without gum (and I LOVE chocolate, coffee shops, and gum)! A year wearing only American Made should be the hardest yet, though*.