I am sure many of us are up against how "much is too much" when it comes to the environment and the politics of living in a community. For example I have friends who own a pretty darn wonderful gift shop. I try not to buy from China for many reasons--environmental, human rights, animal rights. They carry a number of things made in China. When I go to visit and buy for friends and family it is sometimes awkward. Yes, I like certain products-- but, No, I don't think I can buy them. Do I say why? Do I use the no thank you moment to educate? Is it enough just simply not to buy?
Do we tell Petco and large department store operations we won't buy from China for our pets? Would I say the same thing to my friend who owns the local pet products store? He carries great food and not so great pet toys from China. He says this is because no one will pay for US made products. I know he, as a small business owner, is also struggling to make a reasonable profit and stay open. But... If I buy chinese made stuff from him how is that different from buying it from Petco? Is it true that people will not buy products that are made in the US and cost a bit more? If we don't make them available how can our customers buy them?
I know I am prejudiced. Purrfectplay makes our products in the US with fair wage labor and we do well. We are a stubborn quirky bunch so maybe this helps.