Yesterday I was reading Delane's post on a challenge which consists on buying and eating only local food. I found it extremely interesting.
Personally, I don't find myself often wondering where something
I use or buy came from.
Sure I look, but I do not give it too much thought.
This got me thinking on how dependent we are on our
everyday life on the products that other countries make.
A couple of weeks back I was just reading about Sara Bongiorni's experiment
on "A Year Without China" where she and her family held back
from buying anything made in China for an
entire year and how difficult it was.
So, how dependent are we ?
I did a little exercise that I will be conducting all week
which consists on looking at where things I use come from.
So I begin...
Items of personal use such as soap, deodorant and perfumes
come from France and Mexico.
My toothpaste it's made is the USA and the Smashbox blush I wear is
made in China.
My face powder is made in the USA.
Continuing with products on that I use almost on a daily basis:
eyeshadows and lipstick are made in USA, mascara is made in England,
Eye pencil is from Germany and the brush from China.
I finally got dressed to find that the only garment made
in the USA from my clothes today was my skirt.
When I was dressed, I realized that China
was the number one maker, no matter the brand's origin,
of today's wear.
Drove to work in a German car that was assembled in Mexico.
For breakfast I had local grown coffee with Splenda sugar substitute (made in USA), Nestle dairy creamer (no made in information ?!) local bread and local cottage cheese.
Lunch was a tomato and lettuce salad (local produce) with Paul Newman's dressing (made in USA) and tuna chunks from Costa Rica.
And my day is not close to over.
As far as I can see I have not consumed anything from
Antarctica, the South American, African or Australian Continent...
Would YOU LIKE TO JOIN ME In this challenge ?
It's just one week.
I would love to see where your stuff is coming from.