While July 4th is a time to watch fireworks and have backyard BBQ's, one thing is for sure there is no other day where USA's patriotic colors, red, white, and blue look so good. It is the one day where all the political issues subside for one day, neighbors are treated like family over a burgers and hot dogs feast, and those in the military are thank for their service to the country. Our question to you though is despite all these 4th of July traditions, are you proud to be an American? In the news there has been a lot said about defective products made overseas and a surge in finding and buying items Made in the USA. Items that are made in the USA means your friends, neighbors, or family members aren't losing their jobs to places overseas with horrible business practices. According to an article via www.madeinusa.org "The main goal of these U.S corporations is to increase profits. Macionis describes this by saying, "...global corporations enter these countries to gain access to raw materials, inexpensive labor, and vast markets....to lower tax liabilities and to move money from country to country, profiting from fluctuating currency rates"(276) Buying products from these companies is unpatriotic!
Now I ask you, with the candles you have bought in the past, are they made in the USA? Some companies, like Chesapeake Bay Candle Company - who still have 3 plants in China, are trying to bring jobs back to the US opening a plant in Maryland. However, next time you go to Target or Kohl's to buy one, look at the label to see where it was made. The same goes for those you see in Dollar stores or other department stores. We here at By the Bay Botanicals are proud to say that all of our candles (and other products) hand poured, packaged, designed and created in the USA, more specifically, in Maryland. We grow our own lavender and mint where other organic dried flowers and herbs are obtained through New England harvesters and manufacturers. The glass jars we use for our candles are made in California. Our oils are obtained through multiple US perfumers and distributors. Even our wicks are made in Pennsylvania. This goes to show that our money goes back into local and regional economies, and not overseas.
This 4th of July we challenge you to be more conscious of where you buy your products. Demand that more retailers find and support those companies who are in the USA and that you would buy those product if made available.
Have a safe and enjoyable Independance Day! - Michelle Sholund, owner of By the Bay Botanicals
I am the owner of By the Bay Botanicals. We want to stay connected to you, and through this blog we aim to share with you tips and tricks to buying and burning candles as well as read up on what goes on behind the scenes at By the Bay Botanicals. Feel free to comment, and comment often as well as share with your friends and family.
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