Sweet Tweet: Kristen Bell Wants You To Buy American

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Do you ever check out the tags on the items you buy, to see where they’re made? Odds are quite a few aren’t made in the U.S., and actress/philanthropist Kristen Bell has created a new challenge to get people to shop for products made closer to home.

Kristen started by Tweeting:

She went on:

She also gave this useful tidbit:

There are a few reasons why this is a neat idea. For one, buying from one’s own country helps that country’s economy. It gets money moving and helps people keep jobs. This is true wherever you go. For instance, when helping developing countries rise up out of poverty, it’s not about just sending in stuff from the outside. Like, instead of sending in outside food and thinking the problem is fixed, efforts are made so the country can make its own food. Instead of sending in doctors from other countries, it’s important to train local people to be doctors. Make sense? And even though America is not a developing country, the same steps are helpful here to have a healthy, self-sustaining economy.

Buying locally can also help the environment. If you buy food from your local farmer’s market, for instance, you’re supporting your local economy AND you’re lowering pollution. ’Cause the food you bought just traveled here from a mile away, not thousands of miles. Trying to buy everything inside your own country might be harder than you think, but it can also be beneficial. If you decide to take Kristen’s challenge, let us know how things go in the next #30days!

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