made in Canada?

Made in Canada — Hard to Find!

In the past year or so, I started to check labels on everything I buy. Don’t get me wrong, I love every other country in the world, and the people in it, but sometimes I feel disappointed with the lack of Canadian sourced goods we acquire as Canadians.

I can’t remember the last time I saw a clothing label that said Made in Canada. I even went so far as to check one of my Roots Canada sweatshirts, and lo and behold the small tag on the side says Made in China.

If you follow any of my social media, you may have noticed that I tag almost everything with #shoplocal #madeincanada #madeinvancouver #supportlocalart

Being Winnipeg born and raised, I am a bit of a tree-hugger, and yes there are obvious green aspects of shopping local. I’m not going to delve deeply into this topic, as the web has plenty of information online. In fact, click any one of these words and it will take you to a related article. ;)

What I do want to make my clients aware, is that I personally and professionally try to support local business and distributors whenever possible.

For example, my motorcycle t-shirts are bought at consignment/thrift stores around Vancouver and Greater Vancouver, which in turn sends money to charitable organizations locally. Next they are screen printed right in Vancouver at The Hive Printing.

My reproduction prints are also printed locally. My latest salvage wood pieces are coming from a local antique store.

Unfortunately, shopping local sometimes costs more. That is the price of obtaining something that is not mass-produced overseas. Are you willing to pay a buck or two more to pad the pockets of a neighbour?

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