June 1, 2008

Don't buy products "made in China"

I did it...last year my lil sis Andrea put one waterballon inside another and I had to try, it was hard, but it's that cool? Ooops...those water balloons were made in China. I'll give you the whole scoop on China, at the end...Thank you, Susanna, for taking so many great photos! I made some fabulous pink icing...pureed 5 strawberries, added about 3 cups of confectioners sugar, a stick of softened butter and milk until it was a nice consistency. It was delicious!Eating crepes (filled with yogurt) in her new tiara! Yesterday, Olivia put on the seatbelt over her booster herself and commented, "It's hard being 5." Usually I'd help her, but I'd been telling her that she is going to do it all by herself when her birthday comes!Olivia with Rob's sister, Sarah, and Brianna, whose 7th birthday party we went to this afternoon! It was really fun (she had a super cool pinata), a perfect day, sunny, but not too hot...

China -although I think capitalism is great (if you see something that's a great price, why would you buy something similar at a higher price?)...I do want to think & buy more locally! Especially if it's just American, Ohio made would be even better (like that cheese), think of the cost really being more affordable because there is little gasoline used in transporting the goods, it's made here! A friend sent me this (as an email):
Are we Americans as dumb as we appear or is it that we just do not think?
While the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets, the media wrings its hands and criticizes the Bush Administration for perceived errors. Yet 70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese
should be suspended.

Well, duh.....why do you need the government to suspend trading


Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another product or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, however you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer.
Easter is just an example, the point is... do not wait for the government to
act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.

If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our!! The
downside? Some American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign
stockpiles of inventory.

* Downside?? Is there a downside?

The solution?

Let's give them fair warning and send our own message. We will not
implement this UNTIL June 4, and we will only continue it until July 4. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th
of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.

Remember, June 4 to July 4. You might try it for always.

Send this to everybody you know.

Show them we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted.
If we can't live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of
Pass it on, America !!!


DebD said...

What a cute thing Olivia said!

We have a friend who has been researching and telling us horror stories about China. She's encouraging all her friends to only buy from Trader Joe's (apparently recently they stopped buying anything that had ingredients that came from China). Anyway, I'm slooowly getting on board (I can't afford TJ on a reg. basis). Thanks for the encouragement to going the extra mile.

inara said...

not only that, but a lot of times it is prisoners making all those items, a lot of them unfairly imprisoned, and also some of them Christians. We had a lady from china come to our church and give a talk about it. She was totally tortured and imprisoned for her faith, and made Christmas lights for export to the USA for like 7 years in prison. Wake up call!

Jessica said...

Maybe I'll have to try that icing for my dd birthday cake! Sounds yummy & she looooves pink!

::Sylvia:: said...

Love the pics as usual! I like the background color change too (they match your scrumptious cupcakes)!

Off topic: Join us in a swap I'm having over on my blog!

Mimi said...

I heard an interview with a woman who lived for a year without buying things in China (and wrote a book about it) it was fascinating.

I try to buy as little as possible, but I know stuff gets through.

Petronia said...

your page is summery with the new color :)

i love the "it's hard being 5"! that is so cute!

Julie, aka Scrapperdays said...

Totally agree on buying American! Good for you for having the guts to blog about it!

My soon-to-be-4-year-old, Audrey, loved all those birthday photos! She wants to come over! We're just up in Michigan, so how's this weekend? Just joking!

Geri said...

Okay I am signing up for the China ban month! I will spread the word!
The birthday cupcakes looked sooo good! Strawberry my favorite, ohh boy was I jealous!

KJ-Starre said...

Happy Birthday Olivia....those cakes look delicious...& I LOVE your new look just like a real princess!!!

We also have China issues....their cheaper imports have all but destroyed many of our local industries.

Erin said...

Great post! We keep working more on eating local produce and meat and not buying so many disposable goods. I'm a convert to many reusables lately - cloth diapers, cloth menstrual pads, cloth shopping bags. They all make me happier AND save money, too. As for the Easter eggs, here's an awesome alternative which I want to make next year.