There seems to be a double standard when it comes to the ideas of "buying local".
People are quick to point out that the food you're eating is from a different country or from across the US and that uses petroleum and fossil fuels and pesticides, etc. And in general, they're right! Eating more locally is great (in general) for you, the farmer, your local economy and, often, your health. The extra cost isn't generally too much more and it makes you feel great about trying to save the planet.
While all that is true, then why do these same environmentalists not by US made clothing or products? These same people tend (I say tend, not ALWAYS, because some people are more mindful) to buy clothing made wherever and not even glance at the label. Clothing made in other countries, especially asia or europe, require PLENTY of petroleum and fossil fuels to get over here and yet few people tend to consider this a problem.
My theory on this is that made in usa clothing is not always better, it's generally more expensive and it requires a lot of time to find. Buying things in china is easier, cheaper and sometimes better looking. The fact that it's worse for the planet is apparently unimportant, probably because it's INCONVENIENT.
I guess that's my main problem. People are quick to preach about how to be more environmentally friendly, but few people actually care enough to make sacrifices and add inconvenience into their daily lives.
Makes me sad.
Posted at half past nine in the evening on April 21st, 2014.