Our decision to not buy Made in China doesn’t mean we buy
only “Made in the USA” or “Made in Canada” (although given a choice, we try
to). We live in a global world,
and things come from all over.
Here are a couple of the principles we use to live our NMiC lifestyle,
and our guidelines – our personal NMiC rules. Although we were NMiC for about a year before creating this site, this page is the first
time we’ve put these rules or principles in writing.
We still buy shoes.
We just don’t buy shoes from China.
A lot of the questions we get asked (do you think it makes a
difference? Aren’t you making poverty worse?) seem to assume that we’ve stopped
buying shoes, stopped spending our money.
We still buy shoes.
We just buy Brazilian shoes. Italian shoes, even Israeli shoes.
So our dollars go create employment in Brazil instead of
China. Brazil needs our trade just
as much as any developing country, but unlike China, Brazil is a
democracy. Brazil also has freedom
of religion, and has made great strides in reducing dependence on oil. And Brazil’s probably not going to
invade Taiwan, or anywhere for that matter.
Ok. There are
some things we can’t find that are NMiC.
We needed an alarm clock for our guest room for nearly 2 years, but
couldn’t find one NMiC. Whenever
we had guests, we used one of the ones from the Master bedroom (doesn’t every
couple have 2 alarm clocks?)
Many times, NMiC has simply meant going without something.
Often, the thing that we thought we “needed” was in fact just something we
...our NMiC Guidelines...
We’re not going to buy Made in China stuff… what about
things we already own? Used (this
from an e-bay addict)? Gifts? Work?
We don’t buy any “MiC” with our own money. This
includes new and used items, and anything labeled as made in China, PRC, Hong
Kong, or Macau, or listing components from one of these on the box.
If something doesn’t say the country of origin, we try to contact the manufacturer, or take a
guess. Food is usually safe. Some things (Walgreen’s store-brand
items, for instance) are rarely labeled on the package, but are usually made in
China (we don’t open packages in the store any more – we just don’t buy
Walgreen’s stuff). Toys are almost
Gifts from family.
Although we ask family to try to respect NMiC, we also tell them that it’s
their decisions. Our kids have
become pretty adept at convincing Grandma or Nona to buy them that MiC item
they can’t get otherwise.
Other gifts. For birthdays, we try to choose a theme
that at least points parents in a NMiC direction, but we don’t tell people not
to buy MiC. Good themes,
“Crayola”, “Reading Rainbow”, “Lego”.
Not so good, “Spiderman”, “Polly Pocket”, and just about any movie
Replacement parts. This has been tricky. See (link) Breaking the NMic Rule. Here we weigh the cost/impact of full
replacement versus just the part.
Internet Purchases. We buy a lot of things on the
Internet. Most websites don’t list
country of manufacture for items they sell (but check out http://www.directproaudio.com/ if you’re a
musician!), but will be happy to e-mail you with the information. See our Links for a list of some of the best… and
some of the worst websites for telling where things are made.