Archive for May, 2009

So you’d think that something like diapers would be made domestically, right?  So did I.  I just went shopping for diapers at Rite Aid for the first time in a long time (my second daughter was just born :)!).  They had Pampers, Huggies, and Rite Aid store brand.   I checked the labels and discovered that Pampers are all made in Mexico!  Who’d a thunk it?  Huggies and the Rite Aid store brand ones are made in USA.  Also, the price on the Huggies and the Pampers was exactly the same.

So if it’s cheaper to make diapers in Mexico, where do you think the extra money is going that Pampers has left over?  Not to US workers, you can bet on that!   Maybe to shareholders or fat executives.  I’d rather buy Rite Aid store brand diapers than Pampers.  Naturally, I walked out with the Huggies, not the Pampers.

Actually, we generally use washable diapers made by Bumgenius which help the environment and are made in USA.  A newborn goes through so many diapers that we’ll only start using the washables after a couple of months.  I’m very happy with the bumgenius diapers though – they save energy, money, and didn’t pile up as garbage.  We bought a set of 12 one and a half years ago for our first child and they are still going strong.  Check them out on the bumgenius.com website.

The bottom line is, if there are no large savings to us, why should any of us fork over our hard-earned money to the Pampers people?  Only if we live in Mexico!  Americans should boycott Pampers!

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We just bought a new wooden easel for our 2 year old daughter.  She likes to draw at preschool and loves her crayons.  Someone had given us a huge easel-monstrosity that was plastic and made in China, and we returned it to Amazon.  Later, my wife was shopping online for made in usa easels and found a good deal on the Beka Easel.  She bought a wooden easel for just under $40 which is a pretty good deal.

Beka is made in St. Paul Minnesota. They really seem to get it: attention to quality, personal attention and pride in what you’re making, pride in the actual craft and production and the intrinsic value of the thing they make.  Contrast that with companies like Nike.  All they are is a marketing and branding company with a little design thrown in.  Here is their website: http://www.bekainc.com/

Below is information from their about us page:

We began producing specialty wood products in 1973, originally building hand weaving looms for sale through specialty yarn stores.  In the early 1980’s, our focus shifted to large scale creative play products for children.  The BEKA name is now known throughout the specialty toy market and school supply industry for high quality art easels, puppet theaters, unit blocks and other creative play products for children.

We describe ourselves as a “manufacturer” because we personally make the things we sell. Our unique modular designs give our customers great flexibility in choosing product features, but it is Select Hard Maple and Skilled Woodworkers that provide the backbone for the quality products we produce.  We combine the economy and efficiency of volume manufacturing with the personal service of a small, family owned business.  You’ll enjoy the Beka difference!

beka easel

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