A little while back I decided to donate to a Kickstarter project called the Blue Lace Project. I just got my laces in the mail and it reminded me that I wanted to write about this.
I pledged enough to get my own set of Bluelaces. Described on Kickstarter: “A super-premium waxed canvas piece built strong enough to pull a truck, but destined for so much more. In addition to supporting an American factory on the ropes, you’ll be helping send a message to retailers that, if they stock the right premium American made products, there are still customers who care.”
This was a nice bonus for me because these particular canvas shoes have been without laces for years so I almost never wear them. Yes, I could’ve bought laces but I never did. Til now. I got “a triple-dense, double-waxed canvas lace, tipped in Aluminum. … They’re certainly light-years ahead of whatever cheap lace came pre-loaded in your imported sneakers.”
And doing that allowed me to support the project. The idea here is that the blue laces will become a recognizable symbol like a “yellow ribbon” to help support American manufacturing.
“According to printed reports, the United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
According to the US Department of Commerce, every $1 spent on American made products fuels another $1.40 in spending elsewhere in the US economy.
According to The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, on average, 1,276 manufacturing jobs were lost every day for the past 12 years.
According to Diane Sawyer and ABC World News, if each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.”
For school I’ve been reading some articles about the impact of the loss of jobs to globalization, not just the impact on individuals but on whole communities and societies. Specifically I’ve been reading about racism in America and it’s link to exportation of skilled labor jobs. I don’t have a fully formed thought to articulate about this yet but can say that I’m increasingly interested in this important issue.