When one decides to stop buying Chinese goods, one must be very careful when they shop. And I have been—scrutinizing every label! Up until this point, I’ve eased up on the scrutinizing when at the grocery store. This is because I assume that most food does not come from China. It is an awful long way to ship food, not to mention all the Chinese mouths to feed. But everyone knows what assuming does…
A few days ago, I noticed that my loofah was looking pretty old and sad. On a recent trip to the grocery store, I picked up a new one for $2.99. For some reason, I just didn’t check the label. How hard could it be to make a loofah? Surely we don’t need to export their manufacture to China.
Well, I was wrong. The loofah was made in China. My hands, defiled. My one goal, failed.
After a short period of mourning, I resolved to make the situation right. I gave the offending loofah to my roommate (as penance—if I were to take it back, I wouldn’t financially suffer for my mistake) and went back to the store.
There were lots of scrubbies to choose from. There were loofahs, scrub brushes, and even exfoliating gloves! My girlfriend (who came as moral support and to serve as guest photographer) and I looked at every tag. And they were all made in China. Literally, all of them. Even the Ecotool brush that claimed to be “soft and cruelty free” was made in China.
We finally found a bath tool that wasn’t made in China. It was a sort of bumpy brown sponge that was made in Taiwan. I know the US government has a “One China” policy, but for the sake of my sanity, and the cleanliness of my skin, I don’t.
While in the bathroom section, I checked out a few of the other toiletries I normally buy, just to be safe. Barbasol, Crest, Dove and Irish Spring (though the name suggests otherwise) are all made in the USA. Head and Shoulders is hecho en Mexico. I would have checked the Mach 3 blades, but they were behind a theft guard (but honestly, at $25 a pack, I would be happy to give those up).
Full Disclosure: I consider myself absolved of all sins, and will be continuing the project. I will now be on full alert at the grocery store.