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How to Tell if Your Sheets are Truly Made in the USA Don’t Be Fooled!

How to Tell if Your Sheets are Truly Made in the USA Don’t Be Fooled!

March 18, 2020

From boll to box, American Blossom manufactures the only organic cotton sheets that are 100% Made in the USA. The cotton for the fabric is grown here, the cloth is woven here, and the linens are cut and sewn here. Other companies make similar claims, but similar is not the same! 

American Blossom connoisseurs sleep beautifully on rich-feeling organic cotton sheets. And they like knowing they’ve purchased a Made in the USA product that supports jobs, livelihoods, families and industries here at home.

After all, there’s more to feeling good in bed than what touches your skin. Good feelings also come from living your beliefs and using products that support your values.

If you favor USA made products, there are several ways to tell if you’re buying the real deal. Don’t be misled.

A common cause of confusion can be the name. Any number of companies, brands and products include term America, American or U.S. in their name. Yet their connection to the United States may be very thin, for example just an address or a website that sells to American consumers. The company’s manufacturing usually occurs far away in another part of the world.

An additional source of confusion can be the product label. Most of us correctly read the label to see where a product was made. Yet labels, tags and promotional materials with images of stars and stripes can cause you to think a product was Made in the USA when in fact it was not.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has established the requirements for Made in the USA product labeling, advertising and promotional claims. Yet the permissible language on labels meant to add clarity can actually cause confusion if not read carefully.

For example, a label might say “Designed in the USA with material from China” or “Crafted in America from imported material.” Only when all or virtually all significant parts of a product are made in the USA, and the processing to fabricate the product occurred in the USA, can a brand properly show Made in USA on its label. Otherwise additional disclosure is needed on both the product label AND the advertising.

With percale bed sheets, the source of the raw material is a factor. Bed linens made from cotton or cloth supplied from outside of the U.S. cannot claim simply to be Made in the USA. They must be labeled “Made in the USA of imported materials”.

As manufacturers strive to be honest, you’re likely to encounter a myriad of qualified claims. Oddly enough, even these claims can be a bit tricky. Any of the following phrases tell you that a product is not made fully in the USA: 

  • Sewn in the USA from imported materials
  • Assembled in the USA
  • Designed in the USA
  • Crafted in the USA
  • Created in the USA
  • 50% USA materials

Even the term “Made in America” can mean a product came from Canada or Mexico.

If you’re bullish on bed sheets Made in the USA, be sure to read company websites, product pages and labels carefully. You can even contact a company to ask where they are located and where their goods are manufactured. I’ve talked to many American Blossom customers about our fully Made in the USA sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers. I welcome your calls and questions.

Our company’s roots go back three generations. I’m proud of the jobs we provide here at home and the superior linens we make. I’m especially proud of how good you will feel—inside and out—when you slide in between our sheets.