I support China, USA, Indonesia….
18 Sep, 2008
It’s quite rare to find American made products anymore, if you look inside your own closets you will find exactly how rare it is. I recently decided that I would look through my own closets to check out which countries I was supporting and what companies were produced in what countries.
Many people care about where the products are made and purchase according to the location of production. I think it’s great that there are still American made snowboard products…I do purchase American made products when I can. Despite what country is it made in, I find that I’d rather support the company and the products they make. If they make solid products in Austria, China or USA…then I’ll support them.
While I don’t agree that China is the best country for keeping a good track record of Human Rights…I believe that the snowboard companies that choose to produce in China or in any other countries still hold the responsibility of following those International Standards of Human Rights and I expect that any company that produces in other countries would enforce good working conditions and not violate International Standards. It is nice that China’s snowboarding market is expanding though, we’ll see how the snowsports grow in a country that creates many of our snowboarding products.
One of the noticeable effects that I appreciate from companies is the glimpse into overseas productions. Spacecraft, Endeavor and 686 to name a few, offer a look into their production factories overseas on their websites, blogs, and newsletters. It’s great to see that companies want you to see where products are made and the steps behind them…I wish more companies would step up to that.
Here’s my own list of what’s inside my closet and where it is produced:
L1 Jacket – China
Northface Jacket – Bangladesh
686 Pant/Belt/Jacket: China
Bonfire Jacket – Indonesia
Red Hifi Helmet – China
Dakine Gloves – Sri Lanka
Rome Gloves – China
Burton Gloves – China
Mountain Hardware Jacket – China
Spacecraft Wallets/Beanies- Indonesia
Oakley Goggles – No idea…does anyone know this?
Never Summer Snowboards – USA
Helly Hansen Jacket – China
Atomic Snowboard Boots – China
Vans Snowboard Boots – China
Coal Headwear – China
Union Bindings – China
Rome Bindings – China
Sorels (counts for snowgear) – China
Bitchboard Snowboard – Taiwan
Capita Snowboard – Austria
K2 Snowboard – China
Pow Gloves – China
Mtnops – USA
Macbook (most important thing to me) – China
The only two companies that are built in the USA that I currently own are Never Summer and Mtnops. Mtnops is still up & coming but are planning to stick with American made products as they build up their line.
While it would be great to have snowboarders producing all of our snowboard products, I find it highly unlikely that will happen. I’m content with snowboarders designing and testing our products and sticking by the quality of products whether it is overseas or in our own countries.
Go check out your own closets, your binding or boot boxes, labels, snowboards…to see where your gear comes from. Chances are…it is overseas.