The U.S. Armed Forcesí best kept secret is now available in the consumer market. The Original Pilot Sunglass has been a favorite of U.S. military pilots for over 40 years. These sunglasses are American made, performance tested and have been issued to millions of U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen since 1958 and are available from American Optical (www.aoeyewear.com).
When you go to the American Optical website, be sure to click on the "Flight-Gear" banner to see the American-made sunglasses. Other sunglasses offered on the site are not U.S. made. Even so, the "Buy American Mention of the Week" is dedicated to helping American consumers buy American where they can and when they can. And the reality of todayís economy is that we canít always find websites that have 100 percent of their products made in the USA. This of course is not an endorsement of globalization. Far from it! Itís an acceptance of the world we live in, and Iím proud to live in and be an American, and we need to take every opportunity to support other fellow Americans that live here, work here and pay their taxes here.
Buying sweatshop-free, child-labor free union-made clothing is no sweat at No Sweat Apparel (www.nosweatapparel.com). Choose from footwear (low-top and high-top shoes and socks), outerwear and accessories (belts, beanies and hats), printed tees and tanks, no logo tees and tanks, work & casual, sweats and athletic wear as well as apparel for kids and petites.
You can either browse No Sweat Apparel and order online or check out their retail locations in your area state by state. Keep in mind these product choices are sweatshop free and not foreign labor free. Click on each individual product to see if your choice is made in the USA.
At American Tuna (www.AmericanTuna.com) their albacore is caught, canned and distributed by American fishermen, which is hard to find on the shelves in the markets today, and is attractive to many consumers. But you can find this American tuna at Whole Foods Markets or you can mail-order at www.heritagefoodsusa.com.
The fishing families at American Tuna have been selling their albacore through buyers and processors for years. The majority of their fish is exported to Spain, since the Spanish enjoy the smaller, fatty (high fish oil) albacore tuna. Unfortunately, the American consumer rarely had the opportunity to enjoy our albacore until now. You can also check www.AmericanTuna.com for other retail locations that might be in your area in addition to a Whole Foods Market as they are always looking to cater to smaller natural and organic stores as well.
Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website www.howtobuyamerican.com and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC and has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications.