ABC News had a clever idea—make a list of all the products that are “Made in the USA” so people can more easily support American companies who are bringing jobs back to the US. They even have a handy map to show you what cities these companies are located in (way to go, East Coast) and icons that scroll across the top so that if you’re looking for beds, refrigerators, or even televisions, you can click on that icon and easily locate those goods.
Although we’re not on the list yet, SustainU is an American clothing company utilizing domestic labor and recycled fiber to create apparel for the collegiate community. In a nutshell, all of our clothes are made from 100% recycled material, (mostly recycled cotton and plastic bottles) which means Zero Virgin Growth. We’re using stuff that would otherwise pile up in a landfill somewhere. Using recycled cotton also saves half a gallon of gasoline per pound (that adds up) and on a large scale, a ton of recycled cotton saves 1,200 gallons of water, 500kWh electricity, and avoids the release of 1,700 pounds of non-biodegradable waste.
And there’s more: from start to finish, our products take less than a 200 mile radius of transport to create yarn, knit the fabric, and cut and sew the clothes. By eliminating cross-country travel, we greatly decrease the fuel and emissions created by the shipping process. And our manufacturers are located in Raleigh, North Carolina—so the more clothes we make, the busier they become, and the more people they have to employ. The majority of clothing companies choose to employ labor outside of the United States, where wages are low, working conditions are poor, and people are overworked. We believe that by employing the best practices and materials to create our products, we can lessen the burden on overseas labor while creating jobs here at home. It’s a win-win.
As we said earlier, we’re not on ABC’s list yet, but we’ve contacted them and hope to be soon! If you feel like you can get behind the mission and values of SustainU, do us a favor and let ABC News know that you think we should make the cut!
Check out the full story at abcnews.go.com/WN/page?id=12896382