Wednesday, July 3, 2013

FEED USA + Target not made in the U.S.A...

Just in time for Independence Day is my revelation that none of the items from the FEED USA + Target collab are made in the U.S.A.  This probably shouldn't come as a shock, but it would have been nice if in addition to supporting domestic hunger-relief this collection was actually manufactured in the U.S., thereby creating jobs here as well.

Also no surprise: Target doesn't disclose this information on their website.  Under the details for each item, the country of origin is not listed, which led me to do some digging on my own. Shown here are closeups of some of the store tags I snapped today. I checked tags on clothing, housewares and kitchenwares, and all of them were made outside the U.S. - primarily China, although Indonesia, Vietnam and India also showed up.

10 comments:

Ruth said...

Thanks for posting, I was trying to find it on their website! Very disappointing.

brandy said...

Thank you, I wanted to know this before buying. Same thought, why not made in the US to create jobs? Contradicts the cause, people out of the country get jobs to make products for people in the US, for people to help feed people that don't have jobs or make very little fir their jobs. Weird!!!!

Critifur said...

Lame.

Mary Hall, The Recessionista said...

No a surprise, making them cheaply in poor countries keeps the prices low and the Target profit high. That's how they make & sell it so cheap.

But it is VERY Disappointing,may they should can it FEEDINDA or FEEDCHINA not FEEDUSA

Stylewatcher said...

But wait, wouldn't the ability to make them less expensive and sell for more make a better profit for the FEED USA project? Every now and then people should just stop and think about helping other people....not just getting a better deal. I also know people who didn't buy because of their political views and having a "Bush" lead the project wasn't for them. Now THAT. IS. SAD.

VintageSunshine said...

You'll be hard pressed to find much in any mass retailer made in USA. Can just celebrate the fact that they are using the profits to help feed hungry families? They are doing a good thing.

Kris Huhn said...

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he'll eat forever"
In this case, give a man a job.
We have an incredibly high unemployment rate in many areas of the US, causing the hunger FEEDUSA plans to counteract.
This unemployment rate is the direct result of the Mega-Corps' practice of shipping our jobs overseas.
If the items were made here in the USA, the price would still be the same, from the items I could see at Target, and the manufacturing company's employees could feed their families from money they earned, rather than with handouts/charity. Which do you think lasts longer/has the better effect?

maggie said...

Thanks for letting us know. I too am a major Target fan but couldn't find any info on their site. Sorry, not buying. I'll just donate my money to a food pantry.

Myopinion77 said...

I don't think you understand the argument. People aren't looking for a better deal. They in fact are saying the line should be made here creating more jobs AND feeding our poor country. I'm sure most people would pay a little more for an American made product. I would pay $50 as opposed to the $25 they are selling their denim shirt for. I am an IPhone carrying citizen, but I would gladly pay $25 dollars more for the product, as they said it may cost, for Apple to manufacture the wildly popular products here. Imagine the amount of jobs that would create!! With all of the people looking for American made products today an American made handheld device would be more purchased. But that's my own oppinion.

Green In OC said...

Thanks so much for the information. It was VERY suspect that Target made no mention of the country of origin, not even their usual "Imported".

Makes me think that even they realize the hypocrisy.

@VintageSunshine, in my opinion, this is "Greenwashing - The Charity Edition". Makes you feel like you're doing something good when in fact there are bigger issues at play. Like saying "Bottled water is eco-friendly" - huh?!

Just because it's hard to find items made in the USA that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be done. They could have easily has the shirts and blankets make here in the US, at least it would have been a start.