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Made in the USA – Moving Manufacturing from China to the United States

For the past several decades, companies have relied heavily on foreign suppliers and manufacturers for cheap labor. The improvements in cross-border communication and transportation allowed for businesses to partner with a third-party provider, usually in East Asia, to deliver components and products for consumers in the United States.

For a while, it worked so well. Even the biggest companies are sourcing and producing in a myriad of other nations before they ship the final product back to the U.S. The process, albeit it has to travel across miles of land and ocean, costs cheaper than if they were created locally. Companies are paying less and earning more because of it.

American companies are starting to bring manufacturing back to the United States.  While there is no by no means a stampede back home, the rate of return or the “reshoring” of American companies is increasing.  There are several reasons behind this trend.  Some of them are surprising.

Manufacturing is moving from China to the United States not just because of the cost

In addition to the fact that Chinese wages have risen significantly over the last decade, China is geographically distant from major US and European consumer markets.  It has been made clear in recent times that companies that are currently, and are considering, manufacturing in China face supply chain risk.  Disruption in the shipment of goods across the ocean from the Far East have become more the rule than the exception. 

In addition to this consideration, companies that have supply chains that are far removed from their markets often under deliver when it comes to customer service, satisfaction, and product response agility.  

Another reason why manufacturing is moving from China to the United States is the loss of intellectual property (IP) through theft.  Goods produced by American firms have lost significant percentages of their market share due to Chinese imitations that have made their way to consumers.  

Environmental concerns are also behind why manufacturing is moving from China to the United States.  The issue of Chinese domestic production and its pollution and sustainability have come into question as of late. It is a well-known fact that China is at the top of the list of the world’s worst polluters.  Non-economic factors such as this one now play a major role in how environmentally conscious US manufacturers choose to reorient their production facilities.

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Oh, The Places Your Plastic Waste Will Go!

The Great Atlantic Garbage Patch

A soup of plastic waste with up to 36 million plastic particles per square kilometer in an area that spans the distance between Virginia to Cuba.

80 % of marine debris comes from land-based waste.  In Massachusetts alone, a clean-up effort called “Clean-Sweep” took place.  Volunteers collected 5,712 pounds of plastic bags; one of the most common forms of litter found.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/06/18/ocean-plastic-where-does-it-go

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Searching For A Unique Gift For That Special Lady?

A Message from Pranzo Bags

Throughout my years of consuming, I’ve come to find that the increasing interest and latest style and fashion trend is to be conscious of the environment while being different and pushing the boundaries of what is new, now and next, so I’ve created the Pranzo bag: an elegant tote that redefines eco-system style. Pranzo Bags was launched with the explicit mission of providing a unique, high-quality lunch bag/handbag while informing people to consume less by eliminating disposables.

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A Reusable Bag Has the Lifespan of 700 Disposable Plastic Bags!

Plastic is a substance that never goes away. We throw out 88 tons of plastic per year. Reasons to say “No” to Plastic Bags & Paper Bags

  1. Depletion of our Natural Resources

It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the 100 Billion plastic bags consumed (thrown out) every year and less than 1% are recycled.

That would be enough fuel to fill up 1 Million cars every year!

  1. The Environment and the Use of Natural Resources

A plastic bag takes 1,000 years to decompose on land and 450 years in waterways. This affects our Water, Energy, Forests, and Clean Air.

  1. The Danger to Animals and Marine Life

Plastic accounts for 90% of the trash on the ocean’s surface; which measures to 46,000 pieces per square mile. Marine life mistakenly sees a plastic bag as jellyfish and eats it.

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Plastic Bags, Paper Bags, & Plastic Bottles: Did You Know?

Written By:  S. Palazzolo

A REUSABLE BAG

Will save 6 bags a week, 24 bags a month, 288 bags a year, 22176 bags in an average lifetime.

PLASTIC BAGS

  • The consumption rate of plastic bags is now estimated at well over 1 trillion annually or almost 2 million per minute.
  • Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtles and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.

https://www.reusethisbag.com/25-reasons-to-go-reusable.php

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Listen Here: Pranzo Bags featured on StartupNation Radio

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Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of joining the StartupNation Radio show to share my entrepreneurial story!

I discuss how I came up with the concept for Pranzo Bags, the eco-friendly elements of my bag, taking my idea from concept to manufacturing, and more.

Tune in to the episode and hear the full story here!