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One of the versatile ways Bamboo can be used; Deodorize your Homes with Bamboo!

Posted by Todd Andrews on November 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (1)

You have heard of bamboo clothing and the many benefits theathletes who wear them have testified. Their comfort, the cooling and heatingeffect it provides during climatic changes. The wicking properties the fabrichas to persons who live active lives and have the potential to perspire a lot.The anti-bacterial properties it produces in not having to contend with beingsmelly if you wear the garment continuously during the day after heavyworkouts.


Bamboo is also incredible useful in providing you with odorfree homes. Can you imagine the benefits of charcoal? Well this is what bamboocharcoal does; it deodorizes your homes, closets, shoes, gym bags,refrigerators, storage boxes,  anywhereyou have potential for smelly, bamboo charcoal will eliminate the odor. Whatthe charcoal does is to absorb the odor from whatever and wherever it isplaced. The product is environmentally friendly, and no chemicals are used tomanufacture this product.


The charcoal is packaged in sachets that can be placed inall the areas mentioned above. The smaller space requires a 0.9 oz sachet fordeodorizing. These spaces can be shoes gym bags or drawers. The medium spacesrequire uses of 5.3 oz sachet to deodorize the fridge, cabinets, storage boxesand spaces of those sizes. The larger spaces require 17.6 oz sachets that willeliminate odor from rooms and closets of 90 square meters. Use more sachets ifan area is larger, and in order to obtain maximum results.


The sachets are useable for up to 12 months. They can beplaced in direct sunlight for 2 hours once per month in order to maintain itseffectiveness. During the 12 months, you may notice the discoloration of thesachet packaging; this is to show you the amount of pollutants it has beeneliminating from your surroundings. When the package is completely discolored,you know it is time to put out a new batch. The used sachets of bamboo charcoalcan be torn, and the charcoal pieces placed in the soil of your potted plants,to provide nutrients and help to retain moisture in the soil. This is calledrecycling!  Isn’t this wonderful? Nothingis wasted as the pieces breakdown easily in the soil.


Bamboo charcoal is manufactured from the Moso’ Bamboo and itcan be had in British Columbia.Not because it is a plant from the grass family makes it less viable. The manyuses of this incredible plant are inexhaustible, and I believe there are manymore uses that we have not thought of as yet.

Have a look at few bamboo products here.


Proud To Be An American manufacturer

Posted by The FootMate System on November 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Proud To Be An American Manufacturer

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc, a 62 year old ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of over 15,000 American

made brooms and brushes for industrial and commercial applications is under constant competitive

threat from Chinese made products. Patriotism is paramount at Gordon Brush. For example, Gordon

Brush has made brushes for the United States Army to clean the main gun on the Abram's tanks, saving

the Department of Defense over $1.5 billion. The Company also has made brushes that were used on

the space shuttle, the lunar module, and brushes to clean the guidance system and guns on the Apache


Gordon's Milwaukee Dustless brush line of janitorial cleaning tools and its health and wellness product,

the FootMate® System, face the most intense pressure from lower priced Chinese made products, in

many distribution channels. Many end users are willing to sacrifice cost over quality, even though in the

long run it ends up costing them more because they have to replace sub-standard product more

frequently. Moreover, these lower quality products do not do the job for which they were intended,

thus leaving a substandard work-product.

Even under these competitive threats, "the Company has been steadfast in its philosophy and

commitment to manufacturing in the United States", said Ken Rakusin, president and CEO.

"Manufacturing in California and Wisconsin is still a viable model, even if it brings with it some tough

challenges. Gordon Brush prides itself on its American heritage dating back to 1897, when the first

dustless brush was invented in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by the Milwaukee Dustless Brush Company, which

was acquired in 2005", further added Rakusin.

"Companies that have nothing to differentiate themselves on besides price are the most vulnerable to

the threat of lower priced Chinese made products; that's a no-win game. Gordon Brush chooses to

compete on value-added, said Rakusin. Offering premier products with superior customer service have

enabled the Company to grow and prosper in spite of the Chinese threat. "The Milwaukee Dustless

motto: Innovative Products that Clean Better and Last Longer is a testament to this philosophy, said


In addition to the Gordon and Milwaukee Dustless line of brushes, the Company's recently introduced

the FootMate® System. The Podiatrist recommended FootMate® System makes optimal foot health

easy. It is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging your feet

every time you shower.

The FootMate® System is a brush and specially formulated gel that goes in the bath or shower to clean

and massage your feet without having to bend over. The FootMate® System stands head-and-shoulders

(or perhaps foot-and-heels) above the Chinese competitor. The FootMate® brush has over 11,000

bristles and weighs over three pounds compared to the 1,000 bristle, few ounces weighing Chinese

competitor. "The FootMate System is a high quality American made product that will last and not

crumble, exclaimed, Rakusin.

6247 Randolph Street • Commerce, California 90040-3514 • phone (323) 724-7777 • fax (323) 724-1111 • •

Gordon Brush never considered off-shore manufacturing to become more price competitive. Our

American made products give us the ability to display our patriotism and pride and to create feelings of

goodwill when our customers receive American-made items.

When considering off-shore manufacturing, the allure of international low-cost labor has to be balanced

with loss of control, local customs challenges and costs. "Product reliability, and safety and compliance

measures, less inventory/stock issues, and difficulties bringing a distinct company culture across the

world, was all contributing factors against going off-shore", according to Rakusin. In addition, the cost

of shipping and the ability to offer same day shipping on most standard brushes was also a major factor

in keeping business here in the United States", said Rakusin.

"In spite of all of these issues, I was determined to build and grow my business in the United States by

re-investing profits into the purchase of millions of dollars in manufacturing equipment and machinery;

pride in contributing to the American economy is near-and-dear to my heart", further proclaimed

Rakusin. "Moreover and perhaps most importantly, added Rakusin, are my valued, long-tenured, skilled

employees. I have well over 100 employees, plus their families, for who I am responsible. I tell them

that Gordon Brush is a great place to work and we are committed to enhancing their lives. Brushmaking

is an art; I would not have a business without these skilled artisans. I would be a hypocrite if I

ignored that commitment for the purpose of improving my bottom line."

"There are tremendous problems all over the world, said Rakusin and the United States leads the world

in providing support for the destitute. There are people in America who are hungry or out of work or

can't afford health insurance. My priority is to want to help them first by supporting the local

community. That means keeping my business here."

In 2003, nearly 15 million Americans were employed in manufacturing jobs, but that number had dipped

below 12 million by 2013. A 2011 study by the Boston Consulting Group that predicts that by 2015, the

United States will "experience a manufacturing renaissance as the wage gap with China shrinks. If the

Chinese wage trend continues, 1 million manufacturing jobs could return to the United States by 2015,

the study said. Over the next five or 10 years, international trade will swing from continent to

continent. As labor costs in China rise, manufacturing will move to Thailand, Vietnam or India. This will

present a new set of problems.

Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and leading manufacturer of specialty, custom and

standard brushes for industrial and consumer purposes. The company makes the FootMate System as well as over

15,000 other medical, industrial, janitorial, and electronic brushes at its 51,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in

Commerce, California It stocks over 2,000 different brushes for same day shipment selling to a variety of industries

including medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical. Gordon Brush has been

featured on the ION Network, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg News, and in the Los Angeles Times. The company has

received Member Resolution No. 1402, sponsored by Senator Ronald S. Calderon, 30th California State Senate


6247 Randolph Street • Commerce, California 90040-3514 • phone (323) 724-7777 • fax (323) 724-1111 • •

For Further Information Contact:

Alan Schechter

Director of Sales and Marketing


Push Underground: An American Company

Posted by PUSH underground on October 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

PUSHunderground is an American-made, woman-owned startup based in Santa Cruz, California. Buying American and saving our environment isour passion.Our mission is to create the world’s most cutting-edge, comfortable and functional sportswear using recycled water bottles, leaving nothing in our wake but inspiration.

PUSHunderground clothing is made with the goal to create a clothing line that is

• Cutting edge

• Comfortable

• Functional

• High Quality

• Looks Good

• Gives Back


Our goal is to help American-based manufacturing make a comeback, creating jobs and strengthening our communities. Our fitness apparel is made by recycling used water bottles into a high-performance, high-quality fabric. We donate a portion of every sale to building wells in water-scarce communities around the world.

We have launched an indiegogo campaign to introduce our crosstraining line, focused on the CrossFit/Weightlifting athlete. With the proceeds from indiegogo, we can expand our line into yoga and crosstraining apparel, and begin bringing even more exciting projects to fruition.

Help support Push Underground's american made products by visiting our indiegogo page and donating.


An American Book "The Polaris Effect"

Posted by on May 29, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Rick Roedel has written a book that educates Americans, and hopefully turns them to buying American Products.  The book is called The Polaris Effect, and I am honored to feature this book here on my Blog.

Here is a Press Release about the The Polaris Effect

Made In The USA: American Consumers can bring back 3 million U.S. manufacturing jobs by just buying American made, says Author Richard Roedel.

In his new book The Polaris Effect, Roedel starts a movement to empower U.S. consumers to purchase American-made products. 

I hope that all of the Made In America movements and promoters like Rick and I get together and promote eachothers ideas.  I hope that American's will take the actions needed to make America strong again.  Please take a look at Rick's The Polaris Effect.,  ( ).

UjENA Swimwear, Making Women Feel Sexy Since 1984

Posted by on March 29, 2013 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

UjENA Swimwear Cut and Sewn

in Northern California,

Ready for Spring

UjENA Swimwear is handmade in Mountain View California.  You can get women's swimwear made with style in America!  The first time I heard of UjENA was in a Follow Friday Tweet where they were mentioned, so I followed them and looked at their website.   Their Twitter profile says that their swimsuits are made in California, which caught my attention.  Finally, a fun product to promote.  It is a tough task but someone has to do it...  I had to pour over hundreds of swimsuit pictures to get just the right ones for this blog.  It was painful (lol). 

UjENA has so many YouTube videos, I had to watch them to decide which ones to show you here too.  In my research I discovered that the swimwear could be categorized by styles, and organized this Lens by style.  You will find a picture of the style, a heading and sub-heading, some text about that picture, followed by a YouTube video, and some swimsuits from Amazon.  The UjENA Twitter account last 5 tweets are shown near the end of the lens, then there is a little about me.  I hope you like products Made In America and follow some of my work here on Squidoo, on Twitter, and on my website

UjENA has been "making Women feel sexy since 1984", which is the UjENA Tag LineUjENA was founded in 1984, almost 30 years ago.  The company is strong, has a great variety in their product line, and cares about their customers.  UjENA is responsive in every way a business should be, for example when I Tweet to them, they respond with very plesant and direct messages. 

UjENAs maturity includes a full product line of:  SwimdressesOne PieceTwo PieceTankinis; Bikinis; and Cover-ups.  They have partner and wholesale programs for the ambitious sales folks as well.  UjENA cares about the health and fitness of their customers and have a web section dedicated to health of their customers.  Size and fit of their products is well described and they carry swimwear for all women, not just a stereotype.  My favorite thing about UjENA is their products are Made In America.


UjENA Diamond Head Chamois & Jungle Twist 

Made In America, Mountain View, California, Just for You! 


The Diamond Head Bikini caught my eye immediately.  It stands out from all the rest, and trancends brands as well.  It is primitive and playful yet stylish all at the same time. Three options on the Diamond Head Bikini below include:   a medium size Set;  a Bikini Bottom only option, (not Sponge Bob);  and a Chamois variation.


The Jungle Twist was the second bikini that caught my eye and ranks second only to the Diamond Head.  But everyone has their own perspective, so I thought it was a good idea for you to see another eye catching beauty.  Two size combinations of the Jungle Twist are presented here.


Two Piece Swimwear in History

Bikini History in Brief

If you carve away a Woman’s swimwear down to the point that only the needed coverage and ties remain, (based on social norms), you have a bikini. Apparently the navel is ok to show wherever bikini’s are culturally approved. The two piece swimwear known now as a bikini has historic evidence of existence as far back as 1600 BC. My guess is that the bikini goes back in history to the existence of Woman.

The name bikini came from Louis Reard in 1946, a mechanical engineer from France. There are thoughts about why this name, and reference is made to Bikini Reef, an island in the south pacific. In the same or near the same time frame, Jacques Heim had created what he called the “Atome”, a swimsuit for women small like the smallest know particle to man the “atom”. Louis Reard began selling his bikini on the French Riviera. Louis Reard was the obvious winner in marketing, because the name bikini dominated, and Louis is credited with ’inventing’ the bikini.

When you think about the functionality of a bikini, it’s purpose is to cover the parts of a Woman’s anatomy deemed by society to be inappropriate if uncovered in public. Two possible reasons include censorship and practicality. Censorship has its base in the belief that an uncovered Woman will arouse lust. This is arguable, but not in the scope of this lens. The practical reasons, even in a non-prudish society, for the design of the bikini make sense based on the Woman’s monthly cycle and lactating coverage. In the reading that I have done on this topic, no one has clear evidence of the reasons for the bikini like design, so I submit that what makes the most sense is probably the reasoning.


Beach House Tankini, Video


Ujena Beach House Tankini Z211

Handmade in the UjENA California factory.


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Retailer Websites with Search for Made In America

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In my efforts over the past 5 years or so, I have run into a number of web sites that do allow a focused search on "Made In America" products. I recently received the following note from a Peer outlining one store in particular:

Hope all is well!!

I was just searching on the Bed bath and beyond website and I really wanted to only look at products Made in the USA. Well, when I typed "Made in the USA," it gave me every product in every department that was strictly Made in the USA. I was thrilled!

I did the same thing for some other retailers. However, when I tried to search for the term "Made in the USA," for some of them, nothing came up.

Just thinking from a more conscientious perspective, adding "Made in the USA" as a searching capability to websites would be a great idea. Not sure if you have any contacts in some stores or who you could pass this along to...

I think more people are becoming conscientious of what they buy, where it is made and was materials are being use and this could really support that initiative.

Just some food for thought! :)

What a great way to contact me. Thanks.

I do know that Amazon has not given into this concept. I have no statement from Amazon, but that created the advertising niche that I am exploiting in my store. I research what is Made In America on Amazon and put only those items in my store. This is troubling because Amazon is constantly updating it's inventory. I love the Amazon concept, but wish they would follow suit with a search outlining all products Made In America. They have a data field that is specifically for Country of Origin, but do not force listings to make an entry. This is up to them, so I leave it there.

I have noticed a huge shift is American thinking over the past 5 years from complacency to now caring. If I had a scale of caring if something was Made In America or not (only for Americans), it would be somewhat linear, going from around 10% 5 years ago to 25% now caring if what they buy is Made In America or not. That could be substantiated with a scientific poll, and some figures from retailers. I am not going to conduct this poll, but rather intuitively submit this as what I see.

In that light, my objectives and goals for this site are shifting from "providing a source" to suggesting a vision for America. We need to become more spiritually connected to the rest of the world. We need to break free of the commercial advertising that sets our minds subliminally to be consumers of things we do not need. We need to eat better and tell the fast food chains to get better foods. We need to get fluoride out of our water. We need to tell the government that lithium should not be the next poison additive to our water supply. There are so many things that would improve our FREEDOM. There are pieces of many groups concepts that I will introduce in the years to come to help America become a truly enlightened country, free from the mind control of the rich (sounds paranoid, but I assure you the rich families that control us will not be happy if we break free of their controls).

Look for more links on various topics. Read them, view the videos, take what you can. There are intelligent ways to improve our country and bring back the Fore Fathers Visions - "for the people, by the people, and of the people".




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