How to avoid "made in China"

Here are just a few companies that either manufacture elsewhere or at least sell some products not made in China.

Baby/Children’s Toys

Oompa has toys Made in the USA.
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 purchase said, “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.”
Tom Bihn makes their great bags in Seattle.
Shinola also makes leather bags in Detroit.
Red Oxx makes bags of all kinds in Montana.
North St. also makes bags as well as face masks in Portland.


Unfortunately, most apple juice is now made from concentrate from China.  Mott’s apparently tries to hide that Mott’s juice is from China – they laser this information on the bottle, not the label, so it is hard to see – and appears they are starting to not even include the laser information.  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.

Trader Joe’s does not carry single ingredient items grown in China as reported in 2008.


Canon makes most of their camcorders, cameras, printers and other consumer electronics in Japan.

Large TVs from Samsung and Sharp are made in Mexico. This article states Panasonic TVs are made in a variety of countries.

Most Samsung phones are made in Korea and some of their other consumer electronics are also made there.  A few other mobile phones are also not made in China – here’s a handy article: ZDNet – top 10 best smartphones not made in China

We love our video doorbell from Skybell.  While Ring is made in China, Skybell is made in the USA.

Logitech M510 mouse is made in Vietnam.

Home Organization and Office

Many paper planners are now printed in China, but Little Otsu prints at least one in the US among other items.

Home Improvement

Broan and Nutone make most of their bathroom ventilation fans in the USA (excluding models with heaters which are unfortunately made in China).

Most Kohler toilets are made in Mexico as are American Standard models.

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.
Ujena “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.”

Personal Care

Not sure if all Denman hair brushes are made in the UK, but Amy loves her paddle brush that is.

Meijer sells a Travel Toothbrush which is made in the USA, bundled with Crest toothpaste (made in Canada).

Vehicle Accessories

Weathertech proudly states their car mats, cargo liners, etc., are made in American factories, with American raw materials by American workers.

Watches and Bicycles

We appreciate 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.

Always adding things not made in China. 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.  Note: we don’t make any money from this site – we do not receive any $ from the ads that WordPress runs nor the links we provide.  We do it simply to help others with what we believe is the right thing to do.

P.S. You may find the website helpful as it contains a list of some products made in the US, but please know that it is not comprehensive.  We also find to be helpful.


28 Responses to How to avoid "made in China"

  1. simon family says:

    OK, don’t know how to email you, but here’s what we need:

    I pod
    cell phone
    computer, including ac adapter
    calculator for calculus
    digital camera, including battery/charger
    video game console/hand held video game
    laptop, including a/c adapter
    karaoke machine
    stuffed easter bunny
    action figures
    green tea
    artificial flowers
    glow in the dark stars
    remote control helicopter
    wrestling headgear/shoes
    cat bed/toys
    video camera, including battery, charger
    ping pong table, including balls, paddles
    foozeball game
    any hand held electronic game

    there is more, but let us know if any of these items are on your list, thanks

    • Ken Zendel says:

      Simon family,

      Happy to help. Your list seems very broad and non-specific in some areas. Not sure if you are serious… If you are, as you will see above, Canon makes digital cameras in countries other than China. Are there any other specific items you are interested in? If so, happy to answer.


    • Izzy says:

      You can find “green tea” through Bigelow Co. It is produced in the United States. In fact there are several tea plantations/farms in America.

      Cat beds are easy to find, that is if you don’t shop solely at Wal Mart. Clocks? There are a number of American clock makes.

      Here’s what you can do; type in a search engine “Made in America” wrestling headgear. Or whatever product you are looking for. You will usually find quite a few companies listed. Or, you can simply type in “Made in America”, Made in USA”, etc. Those two searches will bring up a bevy of sites for American made product.

  2. Adrian says:

    I have a Google Nexus 5 made in Korea. Anyone know of major shoe manufacturers who don’t make shoes in China? You can google american made shoes and find some manufacturers for made in USA, FYI. Any leads on not MIC light bulbs?

  3. Katie says:

    Bunn coffee pots are American made

  4. Hey I am trying to live 2014 without China and posting updates on Twitter @yearwithnoChina
    I have an Ixus digital Canon camera Made in China. I need to buy a new digital camera, preferably Canon but not Made in China. Any info on the models that are Made in Japan?

    Does anyone make digital cameras in USA?

  5. Paul Bermudez says:

    I am looking for a car battery tester not made in China.

  6. Iven R Sjodin says:

    thank you for the info I will no longer buy anything from china

  7. Paula Trehub says:

    Thank you all for Not Buying “made in china” The small difference in price to buy and support America is the basis of our health and freedom . Other nations will support us and we can do our part to rid the world of a global threat

  8. Mary Hurt says:

    Looking for an outdoor rattan type swing not made in China. By the way as I read your web site, are fo.r a company that seems to sell mostly holds imported from China kept popping up

    • Ken Z says:

      I think you are referring to the advertisements – we have no control of the ads that appear nor do we receive any revenue from. This is the trade-off for using a free WordPress site.

  9. Chandler Westwood says:

    Thank you!!!!

  10. Pam says:

    So glad to have found this website. Thanks for the information. An oncologist who I have worked with (who is Chinese and was born and raised there) told us to Never EAT anything, WEAR anything or BUY anything that came from China. His parents still live there and grow everything that they consume

  11. Telma kim says:

    I love to buy all my needs manufactured in USA

  12. me says:

    I would like to buy a computer mouse not made in China but am struggling to find one.
    Any ideas?

  13. Hannah says:

    A crib mattress?

  14. Hannah says:

    Under Personal Care I think you could add the Moon Cup – made ethically in the UK per their website

    I’ve been using mine for years and it has been one of the best purchases ever.

  15. Hannah says:

    How about ziplock type bags?

    I didn’t think I had a huge problem with made in china – I already buy almost everything secondhand. But there are those regular purchases. Reynolds aluminum foil says “Made in the USA” – where they source the aluminum from i don’t know. My parchment paper is made in France. Of course, I realize the packaging might be made in China. How do you even begin to track that?

    At the moment of I have three brands of ziploc type bags in my kitchen – Aldi’s is made in China, “Smart Shopper” brand is made in China. But I also have actual Ziploc brand bags, and I can’t find where they are made.

    Again, sorry for all the comments. I am going through my things, inspecing them, and trying to figure out how to change my purchasing habits.

    • Ken Z says:

      I believe SC Johnson manufacturers different Ziploc bags in different places. I have some in my house which are made in Canada. I recall seeing some that were made in Thailand, but they may have been Target brand.

  16. Vicki Thomason says:

    I want to support American business and companies. It seems everything I check is made in China. I will be checking here for help. Thank you for doing this for our country.

  17. No to China says:

    Thanks for being one of the pioneers for finding things not made in China! Even after all these years, I find it a helpful reference!

    I recently started a site also with the goal of helping people avoid “made in China” products. Aggravatingly, Amazon seems to go out of its way to make it difficult to find what’s made in China vs. what’s not, so I wrote this page to try to help people figure it out, at least until C.O.O.L. legislation becomes a reality.

    I hope you and your readers find it helpful. Thanks again!

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