So you’d think that something like diapers would be made domestically, right? So did I. I just went shopping for diapers at Rite Aid for the first time in a long time (my second daughter was just born :)!). They had Pampers, Huggies, and Rite Aid store brand. I checked the labels and discovered that Pampers are all made in Mexico! Who’d a thunk it? Huggies and the Rite Aid store brand ones are made in USA. Also, the price on the Huggies and the Pampers was exactly the same.
So if it’s cheaper to make diapers in Mexico, where do you think the extra money is going that Pampers has left over? Not to US workers, you can bet on that! Maybe to shareholders or fat executives. I’d rather buy Rite Aid store brand diapers than Pampers. Naturally, I walked out with the Huggies, not the Pampers.
Actually, we generally use washable diapers made by Bumgenius which help the environment and are made in USA. A newborn goes through so many diapers that we’ll only start using the washables after a couple of months. I’m very happy with the bumgenius diapers though – they save energy, money, and didn’t pile up as garbage. We bought a set of 12 one and a half years ago for our first child and they are still going strong. Check them out on the bumgenius.com website.
The bottom line is, if there are no large savings to us, why should any of us fork over our hard-earned money to the Pampers people? Only if we live in Mexico! Americans should boycott Pampers!