A twist on buying local

There’s a chain mail going around the internet (excerpt posted below) encouraging all of us to spend a few more minutes thinking not just about buying local produce, but about buying local goods.  This to me makes a modicum of sense.  I’m not thrilled with the idea of buying toothpaste made in China or Mexico.  And, if there’s a way to keep a factory going in some small town in Ontario, Quebec or wherever, I’d rather be doing that, than sending my money oversees.  I’ve started looking at labels for toothpaste, clothing, duct tape, etc.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much of this stuff is made in Canada.

My city councilor must travel in the same e-mail circles as me, as her last newsletter mentioned buying Canadian toothpaste and lightbulb.  Here’s the version of the e-mail that made it to my inbox:

Check this out. I can verify this because I was in Lowe’s the other day and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Home Hardware and, just for the heck of it, I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in Canada.  Start looking.

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else – even their job. So, after reading this email, I think this woman is on the right track. Let’s get behind her!

My grandson likes Hershey’s candy. I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now.  I do not buy it any more. My favourite toothpaste – Colgate – is made in Mexico now.  I have switched to Crest.  You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Wal-mart.  I needed 60W light bulbs.  I was in the light bulb aisle and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labelled, “Everyday Value.”  I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats – they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in – get ready for this – in Canadain a company in Ontario.

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here.

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in Canada; the job you save may be your own or your neighbour’s!


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