Top 4 Reasons to Buy Made in USA Products
Since 1984, Okabashi has been designing & manufacturing our products in Georgia. Making our products in the USA is at the core of who we are as a company.
With the difficulties faced by today’s global economy, many American companies look overseas to save on labor, materials and other costs. Over 98% of all footwear sold in the U.S. is manufactured in another country.
Outsourcing labor and buying from foreign manufacturers saves money in the short term, but doing so can take an enormous toll on both the American economy and the environment. When consumers buy from a brand that outsources their labor, American jobs go to other countries, oil prices rise from shipping, and the quality of our water and air suffers.
Here at Okabashi, we’re proud to say that all of our products are made at our manufacturing headquarters in the USA, as they have been since we started over 30 years ago. At our manufacturing plant in beautiful Buford, GA, we have over 200 full-time and factory employees, meaning the money you spend on every pair of Okabashis stays right here in the U.S.A.
Our Top 4 Reasons to Buy Made in USA products:
1. Creates U.S. Jobs
More American manufacturing jobs help to reduce the unemployment rate and expand the tax base to pay for benefits.
2. Reduces Our Carbon Footprint
By making our products in the U.S., we’re able to reduce the amount of fuel that is used to send products to consumers like you. On average, Okabashi shoes travel a distance of 700 miles, while imported shoes travel nearly 11,600 miles to get to you. By reducing the amount of fuel spent on shipping, we’re able to help decrease the demand for fuel, as well as reduce the amount of harmful chemicals emitted into the air from shipping vehicles.
3. Supports the U.S. Economy
At our manufacturing plant in beautiful Buford, GA, we have over 200 full-time and factory employees, meaning the money you spend on every pair of Okabashis stays right here in the U.S.A.
4. Ensures Safe & Fair Working Conditions
Buying American-made products supports American workers, safe working conditions and child labor laws.
Reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring a strong American economy is up to each of us. When we buy American-made products, our nation prospers, and the beauty of the world flourishes.
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