A reporter at the local rag, in a spirit of experimentation, tries to go 24 hours without using anything made in China. Along the way, she highlights the intertwined networking of a globalized economy.
I check my bath towel as I head for the shower. It was made in India, so no problem. I dry off, then grab my fuzzy bathrobe off the back of the door. Darn! Made in China. But my husband’s terry robe was made in Turkey, so I wear it instead.
The hair dryer is suspect, as is my hairbrush, since the United States imported $8 billion worth of Chinese plastics in 2009, but I cannot go to work with wet hair. My toothbrush says “Assembled in America from U.S. and international components.” How many countries does it take to make a toothbrush?