What’s the reality of American manufacturing? Zady, the retailer focused on slow fashion put together an infographic detailing the latest figures and perceptions on domestic production. Here are six highlights:
- People will pay extra to buy American. More than 60 percent of all respondents indicated they’d buy American-made clothes and appliances even if those cost 10 percent more than imported versions; more than 25 percent said they’d pay at least an extra 20 percent.
- In the 1960s, 95% of the clothing that Americans wore was American-made. Today that number is less than 3%.
- There are over 18,600 cotton farms in the United States today.
- Texas is the leading cotton-producing state. In 2014, the U.S. produced more than 16 million bales of cotton, 30% (more than 4,800,000 bales) of this coming from Texas.
- As of 2011, 98% of apparel is made outside of the United States as well as 99% of footwear
- Employment in the apparel manufacturing industry has declined by more than 80 percent (from about 900,000 to 150,000 jobs) over the past two decades.
Learn more at Zady.
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