Sunday, October 21, 2012

Duck brand Duck Tape

Today's American made product is one of my favorites of all time! Duck brand duck tape!

Check out the link. I am a long time member of the Duck Tape Club, and the page features craft tutorials  stories, ideas, and even a scholarship program for duck tape prom outfits! Duck brand tape comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns including glow in the dark and team colors!

 Many people get duck tape and duct tape confused or think they are the same thing, duck tape is waterproof tape developed for quick waterproof repairs, duct is a metalized version of the same thing rated for ductwork. Either way, what could be more American than Duck/Duct tape? So buy the sticky stuff made in America!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Welcome to Splurge American! First Post: OPI

I've become more and more interested in buying American since starting a career in manufacturing. A lot of people tell me that it is difficult to find American made products, but I have not found this to be the case. I think part of the reason for this is that I'm a shopaholic. If I can't find exactly what I want, I have no trouble shopping for hours until I do, in fact, that just makes it more fun. I'm starting this blog to feature American made products that I've found and I either, use, buy or just really want. Ideally, they will be both high quality and affordable, but occasionally I'll post something that's a total splurge.

Today's featured product is something most people can afford, is available almost everywhere, and something I use myself. OPI nail polish. A lot of people might be surprised that a machinist and an environmentalist gets professional manicures and pedicures, but I've found it's the best way to keep me from biting my nails. I know using nail polish is potentially environmentally nasty, but I've decided to pick my battles with this one, and one thing to mitigate that damage is to choose a company that makes it's products in the USA and stands behind the safety of it's products. I decided to switch nail shops when I found out that my regular manicurist was using Chinese nail polish. When there little price difference between American Made nail polish like OPI or Orly and a huge quality difference  it just makes sense to Splurge American.