American made: Why should I buy American-made jeans?

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American Made: Why should I buy American-made jeans?

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Approximately 42,000 North Carolina textile workers still rely on consumers to support their American-made livelihood. With American textile factories struggling, we need to support these workers with our purchases. Image courtesy of Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, 2018. Why should I buy American-made jeans?

Editor’s note: In the next four blog posts, Bullet Blues will take a closer look at the American textile industry. We will examine its health, its future and how American consumers can support American workers and manufacturers.

Why should I buy American-made jeans?

A white T-shirt and denim is our American uniform, right? Sadly, the majority of American consumers buy foreign-made jeans. American-made apparel, however, is usually higher-quality and offers longer-lasting sustainability.

So, why should I buy American-made jeans?

Selvedge denim is the highest quality denim. It’s created on traditional fly-shuttle looms and won’t fray.

Up until Dec. 31, 2017, the maker of some of the finest selvedge denim in the world was located in Greensboro, N.C. at the White Oak Cone Mills selvedge denim plant.

Last fall, the International Trade Group (ITG) announced plans to close its Cone Mills’ plant, the last of its kind in the United States. The plant had been operating in North Carolina for 112 years and employed 200 workers. The closing meant lost jobs and a lost American denim supplier for companies like Bullet Blues.

According to a 2018 Business of Fashion online article titled, “Made in the USA: Dead or Alive?” we still have plenty of reasons to buy American-made clothing. The loss of North Carolina’s White Oak Cone Mills was a sad day, but we still have approximately 42,000 textile workers in North Carolina alone relying on our ethical purchases.

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For 112 years, the White Oak Cone Mills selvedge denim plant in Greensboro, N.C. produced some of the best denim in the world. The textile factory shut down Dec. 31, 2017 permanently, putting 200 American workers out-of-a-job.

Who is responsible?

ITG stated the closing was due to customers purchasing lower-quality denim for cheaper prices overseas. Thousands of textiles jobs in North Carolina and other states have been lost since the 1990’s (around the time of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico and Canada).

Why should I buy American-made jeans?

According to a Dec. 14, 2017 article titled, “An Industry Insider on the End of American-Made Denim,” we all have a share in the responsibility of these lost textile jobs. Had consumers been willing to spend a little more for a longer-lasting, higher quality product, Cone Mills might still be operating in Greensboro. Had popular American jeans’ brands/designers put ethics above quicker profits, the factory might still be alive and well.

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Bullet Blues is committed to American-made apparel. Buying American not only supports American workers, but also means higher-quality, longer lasting, sustainable clothing.

Now what?

Why should I buy American-made jeans?

Bullet Blues worked with Cone Mills and put aside enough selvedge denim for 2018 and part of 2019.

“We will continue to use American-made denim and remain transparent to our customers,” says Isabelle Benoit, owner and designer at Bullet Blues. “We will always let you know which manufacturers we use to produce our clothing.”

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Understanding the impact our cheaper purchases have on American families, pushes us to make better, ethical choices.

We need to do better.

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