Lorena of My Everyday Wear did a fascinating post today about eating a using local products avoiding products made in China. My instant reaction and comment was I didn't know if I could. I live in an area with what feels like 7 months of winter. I couldn't get the idea out of my head. Then I remembered a few semesters ago Dave took an entire class on being a Locavore.
The locavore movement is a movement in the United States and elsewhere that spawned as interest in sustainability and eco-consciousness become more prevalent. Those who are interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market, are called "locavores."
I plan to talk to him on the feasibility of could we even do this. So getting back to Lorena's post she went on to detail where the items she used that day was from. I ran around my house and looked on everything I'd used today. I come from a factory family. Every member of my family worked at the local factory. They made the meters on the side of your house that gauges your electricity. That factory is what put food on our table the past 50 years. My grandparents met there. My mom worked there when I was little. She bought me a pool with her first paycheck. Other members of my family worked at other local factories. All of them are almost all gone. They've been outsourced to other countries. It's really depressing to drive past the factory in the middle of my home town. It's run down and lifeless. 25 years ago everyone I knew worked there.
The first thing I had today was a drink at Starbucks. I have no idea where the coffee was from but I can ask tomorrow. I also had a tiny pink donut from there. Again no idea. (not off to a great start here.)
I brushed my teeth when I got up.
The package doesn't say! Oh come on! Really 3 things and so far I have totally fouled.
Make that four! I showered last night but I used deodorant this morning. The package gives no clue as to where it was made. (I shall email the company!)
Then I used perfume. I was feeling nostalgic to Dave circa 1996.
This was made in the USA, ok this is getting better.
I also used makeup today.
My mascara was made in France. My Blush was from Italy, eyeshadows from Canada, concealer and lipstick from Belgium. But all are made by the same brand! Fascinating Eh?
For lunch I had a grilled cheese and fries. I had them at a place on campus. No idea where they came from. But what I can say is this particular place is actively trying to get all their food locally. I don't know how successful they are at it.
I had a Pepsi when I got home.
Imagine my surprise that it was made locally! It's from here in Mass.
I washed my hands with soap from Guatemala.
For dinner I had last nights leftovers.
I don't have the information on the ham or potatoes but they were both "organic" from Whole Paychecks I mean Whole Foods. I can only hope they were local but I'm doubtful. There were no beans left but those were from New Jersey which is 5 hours from here. I'm thinking that's not "local". The corn bread. Now that I know where it all came from. It was made by a nun in New Hampshire. Which is local. The cornbread was from my inlaws company.
Lastly the clothes on my back.
My sweater is missing the tag but it's from Gap. I know they've notoriously had Clean Clothes issues. It does appear to have a union number in it though..... Dave made my dress so that local. My purse which Dave is holding off camera was made in USA. The boots and belt? Made in China. Damn I thought I was almost in the clear.
In summation? If I was a being graded on being a Locavore, today I would of failed I would of had a dress, Pepsi and cornbread. This tells me I really need to be more aware of the things I use. I have been trying, I can say I do consciously trying to support small business but I need to expand that focus to local as well. I need to keep my local farmers and shop owners in business. I don't NEED to buy something from the big box stores. (but yet I do)
What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you aware of where your products are coming from?
I am very curious what others think about this.