I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! In honor of Labor Day, I'm honored to be over on Hanky Panky's blog talking about the pros and cons of American manufacturing, something HP has done exceptionally well since the company was founded in 1977. Below is an excerpt of today's interview; you can check out the expanded version on their site.
Hanky Panky: Do American consumers really care about where their clothing is made? Do they care more now than they used to? What do you think the driving concerns are?
50 States of Style: I think the average consumer cares more than ever but is conflicted; on the one hand, they want to keep American manufacturing strong in the global economy, but ultimately the best price wins. As we know, a Made in the USA label can mean a higher premium. I’d say most Americans are concerned with creating jobs here, followed closely by fair wages and and the environment. I'd love for us to get to the point where we care as much about where our clothing comes from as, say, our food. But it’s a growing movement and I believe we’re getting closer. In terms of fair labor, the conditions in some factories are downright shameful, but sadly, since we’re so far-removed from where our clothing is made, it can be easier (not easy: easier) to overlook the conditions in which it was made.