Made In U.S.A.

Keeping stock of the various necessities of life can present quite a challenge.  I shop local as much as possible and get excited anytime I come across the Made in America label.  I recently needed to buy socks and was forced to shop in a big box conglomerate that I normally avoid.  But I happen to be visiting relatives in a rural area where it is about the only game in town.

My first rushed attempt to meet this need was met with less than stellar results.  I bought a package of three knee socks for roughly $5.00 that fit too tight around my calf and reeked of polyester.  It was something I could not abide by even in my desperate state.  I went back to the same store to pick up an ingredient for a cooking project and stumbled upon a whole display of Made in America socks.  I couldn’t believe it.  They were located no where near the regular sock aisle and I was thrilled to make this exciting discovery.

There was a great selection of colors and they reeked of exquisite quality. The merino wool blend contained just a tiny bit of acrylic and enough spandex to make to insure a good fit for calf comfort.  I am happy to now be acquainted with the Renfro Sierra Sock Company.  They put you in sock buying mood with illusions of warm feet for outdoor activities.  You see a picture of a snowy mountain range right on the package label which is sewn on with actual white thread instead of those annoying plastic connectors you have to cut off of most socks.

The Renfro Sierra Sock Company is headquartered in Mount Airy, N.C. which is close to where I grew up.   It has pioneered such efforts as the standardization of sock sizes and the use of copper technology to make anti-microbial socks that contain arch support and reinforced heel and toe.  They cost roughly $5.00 a pair which I was happy to pay for such quality.

But digging a little deeper on their website uncovered manufacturing and distribution facilities not only in the United States (Alabama, North and South Carolina) but also in India, China, Pakistan, Canada and Mexico.  But I like to think they are paying fair wages since they support communities where they operate by donating to local causes and disaster relief efforts.

They have a culture that embraces respect and concern for all their employees. This includes a comprehensive wellness program that promotes awareness of health and fitness while providing incentives to accomplish fitness goals.
They are continuously developing sustainability initiatives that demonstrate concern for precious earth resources with things like corporate tree-plantings, installation of energy-efficient roofing and development of  environmentally friendly consumer products made with materials like bamboo, organic cotton and recycled yarn.  So I still feel pretty good about buying this product even though it is not exclusively Made in the U.S.A.



2 thoughts on “Made In U.S.A.

  1. What a pleasure to read your posts! You have the charming ability to bring attention to something that many people might not notice and then offer a delightful story about the subject. Love your fresh perspectives. You are a daily dose of happy! Thanks

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