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Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Closer Look at Your Toothpaste

Throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here in the U.S.A.

The secret to finding American-made products is to diligently look at labels and deliberately shop for them.

Take an everyday item like toothpaste, for example. Colgate is now made in Mexico. Crest says their toothpaste is “mostly made” in Greensboro, North Carolina, which probably means some of it isn’t. (They suspiciously do not list Made in the USA on their products.)

An American-made toothpaste that is pretty easy to find in most drug stores or grocery stores these days is Tom’s of Maine, which is actually made in Sanford, Maine. The company also doesn’t use artificial or animal-based ingredients and you can get it without fluoride, which is a nice bonus.

You can also find other brands in health food stores, such as Xyliwhite from Now Foods, which is made from xylitol, a natural substance found in fruits, berries and other natural sources that has been used for hundreds of years. Though Now Foods doesn’t make all its products in American, it actually lists Made in the USA on the Xyliwhite tube. Learn more about this product at
So my challenge to everyone is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday items and see what you can find that is made in the U.S.A. The job you save may be yours, your neighbor’s or a family member’s.
If you accept the challenge, pass along this information so we can all start building back America manufacturing, one tube of toothpaste at a time.