We Stand Behind our American-Made Products
In a 2015 Consumer Report, 8 out of 10 consumers claimed that they prefer to purchase products that are “Made in America” and 60% of those consumers said they were willing to pay up to 10% more for the American-made product.
Pretty interesting, right? I certainly think so.
A few years ago, I read the book “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline. I could never have imagined how powerful that book was for my perception of the international manufacturing process and the devastatingly shocking treatment of workers in other countries. A handful of articles and countless papers later, I started to understand just how important it is to maintain humanity in business endeavors and how I, as a consumer, have the power to shape the economy by how and what I consume.
When I was offered the Director of Marketing job here at Higher Education Skincare, the fact that each of the 11 products in our lineup were manufactured and produced in the United States was a huge selling point for me. I stand behind our USA made products!
Why We Chose to Make Our Products in America
It was evident from the moment I interviewed at Higher Education Skincare and it becomes more and more evident the longer I work here, that there was some serious compassion and thought behind the decision to manufacture our products in America.
Here are the three major reasons that Higher Education Skincare decided to make out products in the United States:
The primary and most important reason that we chose to develop and manufacture our products in the United States is quality control.
With our Contract Manufacturing Operations facilities (CMO for short) located in California, Colorado and Texas, we are just a hop, skip and a jump away from visiting the facilities during production. In fact, our COO made a few trips to Northern California, Colorado and Texas to visit the CMO facilities for our first round of production to ensure that the formulas looked good, maintained their consistency in big batches, and that the final packaged good was up to par with our standards and expectations.
The close geographical proximity to our CMO facilities allows us to maintain tighter control over operations and manufacturing; should a problem arise in the process; we can react effectively and efficiently to mediate the situation without interfering with timelines, helping us to save money in the long run so that we can run fun promotions and keep shipping costs down for you.
OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
By producing and manufacturing our products in our “backyard,” we significantly reduce our carbon footprint by nearly eliminating the expulsion of fossil fuel and greenhouse gases that are emitted into the environment by shipping goods across the world.
That’s not the only way American-made products effectively reduce our carbon footprint… One of the most popular reasons for outsourcing the production and manufacturing of goods to countries like China, India, etc. is because there are fewer regulations, if any regulations, to protect the country’s air and water. The lack of regulation, while it keeps production prices low, devastates the environment and, after time, devastates the population who is now exposed to harmful emissions.
In the United States, we have legislative regulations on businesses that require manufacturing and production to align with clean, renewable and eco-friendly practices. The intent for US regulations on business’ manufacturing standards is to leave the environment cleaner and better than it is today, for the generations that come after us. Unfortunately, there is an operations trend for businesses started in the United States to outsource their production and manufacturing to other countries with no regulations on clean energy and emissions standards to save money and reduce prices of products.
While this is understandable (who doesn’t want lower priced products?) for businesses who want to maximize profit, there are always pro’s and con’s to every decision we make. According to a 2014 study conducted by Chinese researchers, the US has managed to outsource 33% of Sulfur Dioxide emissions and 25% of nitrogen oxides and carbon monixides to China.
Before you say “well, we are helping to provide China with jobs that they otherwise wouldn’t have…” Unfortunately, it’s not that cut-and-dry, which is another reason why we chose to keep our products manufactured and produced in the United States.
LABOUR AND HUMAN RIGHTS
There are countless studies, reports and statistics that speak to the inhumane working conditions in countless countries around the world.
A 2018 investigation into the working conditions of Chinese factory workers who produced products for brands like Hasbro, Mattel and Disney, produced shocking results. Employees were forced to work 175+ overtime hours per month when the Chinese legal limit is 36 overtime hours. Workers were also not required to take a 24-hour safety training, which was intended to teach workers how to safeguard themselves from toxic chemicals and, if that wasn’t enough, they were provided with poor living quarters often with 8 people to a room, no hot water and no sanitation requirements.
In 2013, a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed and killed 1,127 workers. A report found conducted a month after the devastation showed that the mayor, building owner and the owners of the 5 sub-factories within the building were at fault. The factory owners coerced the workers to return to work even though the building was deemed unsafe.
These are just a few examples of the poor treatment of workers in other countries; the countries that businesses choose to use for manufacturing and production for a lower dollar to increase profit. By manufacturing our products in the United States, we know that there are ample protections for workers through services like OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) that ensure US workers are treated humanely. When manufacturing takes place in the USA, there are federal, state and local governments that ensure minimum wages are paid and workplace regulations are upheld.