I tried to find a simple cotton blouse made in the United States and went home empty-handed. What about you? Have you tried to buy clothing made in America? Do you check the label to see where garments are made? I don’t want to dust off my sewing machine, but I can if I must.

About Sheri de Grom

Retired Fed/JAG, 5 yrs. on Capitol Hill. Former book buyer for B and N. Concerned citizen of military drawdown. Currently involved in mental healthcare reform, health care strategist and actively pursuing legislative change wherein dual retirees are exempt from enrolling in Medicare at their own discretion without losing tertiary healthcare benefits. Monitor and comment on Federal Register proposed legislation involving Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Medicare and rural libraries. Licensed OSHA Inspector to include Super Fund sites. Full time caregive to Vietnam era veteran. Conceptualized, investigated possible alternatives, authored, lobbied for, and successfully implemented Title X, Section 1095 (known as the Third Party Collection Program of Federal Insurance).
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27 Responses to BANGLADESH DISASTER => 1 125 dead…

  1. My latest search was for a large decorative flower container for the patio. Same result – nothing made in the USA. I couldn’t find a used whisky barrel, but that stands to reason as I don’t know anyone that makes moonshine and we don’t have whisky making as an industry in our state.

  2. Sheryl says:

    I’m not surprised that you went home empty-handed. It’s very rare that I see a US label on clothing.

  3. kelihasablog says:

    Corporate greed causes the death and destruction of so many! Excellent post!

  4. gpcox says:

    Tommy Hilfiger likes to have his clothes made in Vietnam, at my age – I just go home – I don’t need sportswear that bad.

  5. Hi Denise – I don’t think the CEOs’ have a problem sleeping along as they are making a profit. I also hold blame on the owner of the building in places such as Bangladesh. The property owners often make a bundle by leasing out the space for the garmet industry macines placement. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

  6. Denise Hisey says:

    I do look at the labels…it’s so frustrating trying to buy “Made in the USA” clothes (or anything else!)
    Poor, uneducated people are expendable in these corporations -I don’t know how the CEO’s sleep at night.

  7. Simple~ SINFUL! EVIL!

  8. lignumdraco says:

    Corporate greed. It exists everywhere. Apart from making it yourself, another option is to pay a friend or home based tailor to make clothes for you. Then you know who is making it.

    • We’ve seen the trade of tailoring go out of favor in the United States along with many other valuable trades. It’s often hard to find a professional alterations person that does a good job. There’s usually someone the dry cleaners sends out hemming and simple repair work to but other than that, we are about out of luck. However, the next time someone asks me about a stay-at-home work idea, I’m passing on the idea of becoming a home based tailor or at a minimum, a semstress.

  9. Mae Clair says:

    I admit I don’t always look at labels. I try to be conscious of it, but sometimes in the rush of shopping, it doesn’t cross my mind. It’s something I’m training myself to be more aware of. When I do look, I rarely see Made in the USA label. It’s a tragedy when corporate greed is valued over lives.

    • Hello Mae – Yes, it’s corporate greed and then when I realized the cost differential for clothing made in the US, I had to do a double-take. Many of my favorite ‘lines’ are not made within the 50 states and probably never will be again. I don’t think the average consumer will pay the price required to get garmet workers out of sweat shops. They were driven there by corporate greed and now the combination of corporate greed and consumers wanting lower costs keeps them there.

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  11. Dace says:

    unfortunately, this world is driven by the demand. Everybody wants to make money and everybody wants to afford things. And when these two things come together, exploitation comes into a play.

  12. Sheri, not to make you more depressed. But when manufacturers started outsourcing garments, they used a trick. Garments were sent back to the US where someone woiuld hand or machine sew in labels that said “Made in the US.” But the only thing made n the US was the label );

    • Hi Florence – This out-soursing of label exchange was made into a felony vs a misdemeanour approximately three years ago. The act of label changing was also moved from the local courts to the state and federal charges could then be used. The out-soursing of the sewing task became much harder because no one wanted a federal felony charge or time in a federal prison.

      I like to actually see the stamped Made In America in the neck of most women’s garments and several men’s. Often in a better garment, the ‘Made In America’ is woven into the fabric as part of the cutting process.

      Will this practice of out-sourcing ever be cleaned up? Probably not. I’ve decided I’d do what I can in my own small way to make the lives of garmet workers a bit safer.

  13. Sheri, I actually do look at labels to see where garments are made and I rarely see a Made in the USA label.
    When did this Bangladesh incident occur? I went to Vincent Desrus’s blog and didn’t find any info.

    • Hi Patti – You can go to almost any news internet site and find the Bangladesh factory explosion that left so many dead. Additionally, you’ll find reports of other fires and accidents that kills other garmet workers on a daily basis. The working conditions are unbearable. Many in the US don’t want clothing made in the US because it would drive the prices up but I’m not willing to support an industry that continues to treat people in inhumane ways. We must have another alternative.

  14. Hi Sheri! I dusted off my sewing machine last week. Starting out making camp shirts. Using sheets no longer in use but still good for material. Yes, shame on them! May God have mercy on them!

    • Jeanne – What a great idea. I was shopping for camp shirts. I love them as you can dress them up by adding a short sleeved cardigan, appropriate jewelry, etc. I sewed for years for myself and our daughter and then it slowly gave away to many other tasks that seemed to get in the way. I think my sewing machine made its way to the attic. I’m ready for it to come down and join the human race.

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