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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in American-Made Jeans

This blog began on December 31, 2010, with a silly-sounding name: China Ate My Jeans. The idea for the name came from my days as an elementary school teacher. Kids would come up with the most outrageous excuses for not turning in their homework. And yes, on more than one occasion, the family dog was named asContinue Reading “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in American-Made Jeans”

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Christmas Treats, California Style

Arguably the most intriguing business story of the last month has been taking place back in San Francisco, where a group of US developers is planning the biggest real estate expansion there since the 1906 earthquake. The group–which includes Lennar Corp., Ross Perot and others–isn’t getting financing from an American bank or pension fund. No,Continue Reading “Christmas Treats, California Style”

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Hey Santa, Here’s One Word for American-Made Toys: Plastics.

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. –“The Graduate,” 1967 If you need to buy Christmas gifts for the little kids in your life, take a cue from “The Graduate.” Think plastics. 1960s audiences probablyContinue Reading “Hey Santa, Here’s One Word for American-Made Toys: Plastics.”

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We Need a Little Christmas: These American-Made Products Can Help

Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas Right this very minute, Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet. —We Need a Little Christmas by Jerry Herman  Continue Reading “We Need a Little Christmas: These American-Made Products Can Help”

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What’s the Value of American-Made Gifts? Priceless.

More than 500 people have died in Bangladesh factory fires since 2006, according to estimates by labor groups…Authorities have begun to review the nation’s 5,000 registered garment factories… As foreign retailers slash prices to attract shoppers, Bangladeshi factories have to produce for less… Labor groups said factory owners, a number of whom sit in Parliament,Continue Reading “What’s the Value of American-Made Gifts? Priceless.”

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Yes, Even Christmas Gifts Have a Circle of Life

An AP reporter searching the Bangladeshi factory where more than a hundred people died in a fire over the weekend found shorts from Wal-Mart’s Faded Glory brand…as well as Sean Combs’s ENYCE line. They also found books listing Wal-Mart, Disney, and Sears as buyers, plus cartons of children’s hoodies marked “Disney Pixar.” Other reports sayContinue Reading “Yes, Even Christmas Gifts Have a Circle of Life”

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All of the Other Reindeer Ornaments…Were Made in China

The latest monthly U.S. trade figures were released this morning by the Department of Commerce: The monthly U.S. international trade deficit in goods and services rose to $42.2 billion in October, up from $40.3 billion in September. The goods deficit with China continued its rapid ascent, rising to $29.5 billion in October, up from $29.1Continue Reading “All of the Other Reindeer Ornaments…Were Made in China”

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Message to Subscribers

Ah, the joys of trying to meet a publishing deadline: editorial boo-boos. Please ignore the text that follows today’s (12.11.2012) post (only subscribers will find it as I’ve cleaned up the text on CAMJ’s website). Subscribers, if you’re curious (please say you’re not) scroll past the photo of the jersey scarf and there’s my word-mess. Sorry aboutContinue Reading “Message to Subscribers”

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Have Yourself a Guilt-Free Little Christmas

In Bangladesh and elsewhere, Wal-Mart and other major retailers have mechanisms to audit and approve factories to ensure that their suppliers obtain clothing from manufacturers that are safe and don’t employ child labor… Jahangir Alam, an officer for ethical sourcing at Wal-Mart’s office in Dhaka until late last year, said controlling the supply chain toContinue Reading “Have Yourself a Guilt-Free Little Christmas”