U.S. Mill vs. Foreign Mill

Thanks to capitalist, social and mechanical developments, the eco-conscious movement, and desire for accessible innovations for fabrics in the furniture industry within the United States, there are thousands if not millions of options for buying artificial leather. While you might instinctively select a manufacturer that has the best price for the quantity, What are the benefits of purchasing materials from a US Manufacturer versus importing them from an international mill?

That’s the golden question. Let’s make the decision worth the dollars!

The US has some of the highest labor standards and child labor laws out there. Any manufacturer operating in the US must abide by those laws to create a safe working environment for workers and consumers. Foreign mills don’t necessarily have to follow the US working standards, and in many regions the laws regarding working hours and child labor are very different or even non-existent.

If that wasn’t enough motivation, here’s more!
  • US manufacturing processes are much cleaner and safer for the environment, which protects our consumers and future generations. We don’t have to worry about clouds of smog. Because of the clean air and clean water standards, the rate of asthma in American children has decreased in recent years.
  • As consumers we have the right to choose the products we buy. When we push for higher standards through our buying patterns, the overall system changes. We have product safety standards that US manufacturers have to abide by. We have honest wages for honest work, which in turn allows our economic power to grow stronger because people can buy the things they need.
  • Finally, why not support a growing economy by buying domestic product? This drives the higher standards we have become accustomed to, but also supports job creation & job training and our future generations.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good products that come from imported sources.

There are challenges, however, and not just based on the regulations and important facts mentioned above. Sometimes you can’t trace back the full origin of the raw materials. Customs and clearance fees can make the process cumbersome.

There are many parameters for making decisions on what to buy and from where- one of the most important being the clear visibility of the products that end up in our homes and businesses.

Knowing the decisions we make have a direct effect on how we feel and relate to something, I would think that knowing someone was paid fairly at a production facility that protects our environment and promotes a healthy US economy would make it a no-brainer. It does for me!