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The money you spend – whether on food, on clothing, or on furniture – makes YOU A VERITABLE POWERHOUSE. And you probably don’t realize it! Your purchases catalyze some of the most dense issues on the globe: human rights and labor laws, sustainability, job creation or elimination, and preservation or degradation of materials. With a swipe of a card or an exchange of a bill, you send a signal of support to the people behind the purchase, the issues behind the purchase, and so much more.

One place we can begin addressing this is within our own country. Manufacturing industries that once flourished here need strengthening, as they were decimated by the desire to operate as cheaply as possible, no matter the TRUE cost. Together, we can support American businesses and artists. Consumerism has to reach a new consciousness, around the globe, and The MiA Project is starting here in America.

The issues at hand aren't just fast fashion, but that's a huge piece of the puzzle. Read our interview with the director and creator of The True Cost documentary here.

The issues at hand aren't just fast fashion, but that's a huge piece of the puzzle. Read our interview with the director and creator of The True Cost documentary here.

WE KNOW - WHERE DO YOU EVEN BEGIN?

Purchases: In a nutshell, almost everything you do in a day can make a difference - which coffee shop you caffeinate at to start your day, the clothes you put on, the sofa you sit on. All of these are purchasing decisions at one point in your life, and what you choose has a lengthy impact.
*Don't know where to find American-made items or how to be sure the labeling is honest? We're scrambling everyday to add more products made by some of our favorite manufacturers and makers to The MiA Shop. That's how many products are made here! And that's one place to start - right here at The MiA Project.

Education: Understanding what constitutes American-made, why it's important, all the issues we mentioned above - it's a labyrinth. That's why we do our best to centralize the issues here and to humanize some of the people changing the narrative. We pull from a lot of resources ourselves. If you have any questions about them please email us.

Badge: SHOW people how important purchases are to you by displaying The MiA Badge on your socials, your websites, even on your desk or your clothes. Learn more about how you can do that here.

Aprons (yes, aprons) are helping our domestic economy! Get to know one of our favorite manufacturers in Los Angeles, Hedley & Bennett.

Aprons (yes, aprons) are helping our domestic economy! Get to know one of our favorite manufacturers in Los Angeles, Hedley & Bennett.

Shopkeeps rule! Read about one of our favorite made-in-America lines and stores, Houston's Manready Mercantile, and its founder Travis Weaver in our "Spotlight on Shopkeeps" series here.

Shopkeeps rule! Read about one of our favorite made-in-America lines and stores, Houston's Manready Mercantile, and its founder Travis Weaver in our "Spotlight on Shopkeeps" series here.