Here are just a few companies that either manufacture elsewhere or at least sell some products not made in China.
Oompa has toys Made in the USA.
Gator Tots has baby through big kid stuff made in the USA (and Europe).
Step2 does a nice job of labeling which products on their site are made in the USA.
Blabla’s collection is knitted by Peruvian artisans.
Maple Landmark Woodcraft, a Vermont green toy manufacturer, craft a wide range of wooden toys, games, and gifts.
WaterField Designs is a cool, customer service-oriented, online company that makes all sorts of bags/cases, many for electronic devices such as laptops, iPhones, etc. The postcard tucked into the shipment with our digital camera case says, “WaterField bags are designed and made in San Francisco, where rent is high, labor expensive, and competition is intense. We wouldn’t go anywhere else.”
Shinola also makes leather bags in Detroit.
Unfortunately, most apple juice is now made from concentrate from China. Mott’s lasers this information on the bottle, not the label, so it is hard to see. Juicy Juice also imports their apple juice from China. Since most of the major labels are following their lead, we are working on compiling a list of the smaller manufacturers who don’t. The first one we have found is Indian Summer, made from Michigan apples in the USA. The second one is TreeTop, made from Washington apples in the USA. While most TreeTop products are distributed only in the Western US, Starbucks here in Michigan carries TreeTop apple juice boxes.
Don’t be fooled by a brand name. Pennsylvania Dutchman canned mushrooms have recently been a product of China (or India). Oddly, Giorgio Organic Mushrooms, canned by the same parent company, are typically from the U.S.
Canon makes most of their camcorders, cameras and other consumer electronics in Japan.
Home Organization and More
Yaffa makes everything from colanders to wastebaskets to hangers.
In terms of thermostats, unfortunately, the Nest is made in China; however Honeywell thermostats are made in Mexico.
As for lighting, once again, most of the options at the big box stores are unfortunately manufactured in China. We believe the best bets are Juno or H.E. Williams, both of which appear to be made in the USA. They provide all sorts of lighting solutions including recessed, under cabinet, etc.
Shoes and Clothing
Sundance Leather makes excellent sheepskin slippers in the USA. We have not yet tried their outdoor shoes or hats.
Allen Edmonds shoes are made in the USA.
Wolverine Boots appear to all be made in the USA.
Blue jeans are now made in Detroit at the aptly named Detroit Denim.
Not sure if all Denman hair brushes are made in the UK, but Amy loves her new paddle brush that is.
Meijer sells a Travel Toothbrush which is made in the USA, bundled with Crest toothpaste (made in Canada).
Weathertech ran an ad in Super Bowl 2014 stating that their car mats, cargo liners, etc., are made in American factories, with American raw materials by American workers.
Watches and Bicycles
One of our favorite companies is Shinola, which brought watchmaking back to the US, specifically Detroit. They also make bicycles and other high-end goods.
Detroit Bikes also makes bikes in the Motor City.
More to come soon. In the meantime, if you need help finding a non-made-in-China item, email us and we’ll see if we have it on our list.
[In addition, you may find the website www.stillmadeinusa.com helpful as it contains a list of some products made in the US, but please know that it is not comprehensive. For example, Ujena is not listed, but “offers one of the largest selections of swimwear in the world and is one of the few major swimwear companies to still manufacture its products in the United States.” We also find usamade.wordpress.com to be helpful although they charge American companies to be listed.]