My New Year’s Resolution was to avoid purchasing anything made in China for the whole of 2014. Why? Because I am sick to death of their commercial and industrial takeover over of planet Earth. And to prove to everyone I know that it is possible, and not at all difficult.
I have nothing against people from China. So long as they are not the sort who:
Buy/consume tiger bone or rhino horn.
Keep bears squished in tiny cages for their whole lives just so that they can extract their bile.
Make or purchase those sick little key-rings which have baby terrapins trapped alive inside.
And a few other things that involve destroying the environment, reducing biodiversity, or inflicting pain or suffering on live innocent creatures.
So please follow me on my ‘NOT made in China’ adventures through the year, and please feel free to add your own experiences in the comments boxes. So far I have succeeded. Here are a few scenarios.
TKMax. I’ve always found speeding through my sized garments fun. Dislike dislike dislike like, dislike dislike dislike like. But now the ‘likes’ get a whole new search criteria. Where is it made? China China China Vietnam China China China Italy. And you know what, the item I did find (a jumper made in Italy) NOT made in China, felt so much more special.
Shoes. On a recent shopping spree, to find some girly party heels, I entered a House of Fraser shoe department. Lots of posh, gorgeous, and expensive makes. Those brands would surely not be made in China I hear you say.
So let me get this right. Isn’t the whole point of making things in China about getting cheaper labour? So a pair of shoes that retails at £100 in the UK … made by cheap labour. Hmm. There’s a fat profit being made there. But by who? That’s a whole other issue though. I did find the perfect pair of shoes. NOT made in China.
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