Our trip to Canadian Tire yesteday was to pick up a tree stand for our Christmas Tree and to grab a few decorations to adorn our newest feature. So we started sifting through the decorations and one-by-one, the same result was reached: Made in China. Granted, I'm fully aware that Canadian Tire would not be the best place to grab Made in Canada (or anywhere else for that matter) products however we didn't come across a single tree ornament that was made outside of China. So we pick-and-chose a few things so that our tree won't be completely bare, grabbed a sturdy tree stand (made in Canada thankfully and hopefully cat-proof) and headed home.
This invasion of my home sparked some interest so I began reading online what people have done to kick the Chinese habit. Some vowed to never purchase Made in China products again. Others kicked China out of the household for an entire year. However with most people, especially those on a budget and with small kids, it is almost impossible to say no to China.
Fortunately, Mike and I are in a position where we can afford to weed out the existing products as they kick the bucket and start replacing them with new ones. We've already begun with ditching the Chinese plastic utensils that we own and switching to bamboo. When it is time to replace our grubby love seat, I'll no doubt turn to Canadian products made of soy-based foams and Earth-friendly fibres. And that is the part that gets me excited!