Where Was it Really made?

Take a look around you. Look at your clothes, your phone, your couch, your tablet, where was it all made? After a quick scan around room FA141, very few of the clothing we were wearing was made in the USA. A few months ago, we found the clothes we were wearing were made in over 25 different countries. Most were made in Vietnam, China, and Bangladesh and Indonesia on the other side of the world. This might not surprise us, but what about the flag we salute every day? Most of us would assume this symbol of national pride would be made in the United States.

So where are United States flags really made then? If you’re a private consumer, meaning you buy a flag for personal use, your flag is most likely made in China.

This flag was (probably) made in China.

This is because mass-produced flags sold at places like The Home Depot, Target, Walmart, or local stores are a lot cheaper to buy and produce. This means that for both parties, it’s less expensive to sell American flags made in China, rather than flags made here in the United States.

Nation wide store, The Home Depot, where you would (most likely) find foreign made flags. 

If you do want to see flags made in the United States, you’ll have to go look in public places. Places like your local post office, public school, a fire station, or your local courts, places run by the government, make it a point to fly flags made here in the United States.

Flags found at the White House, or local government properties, are (most likely) made in the USA.

American flag manufacturers are mostly located in Wisconsin, but there are smaller hometown shops elsewhere in the country that make United States flags too.

Wisconsin flag manufacture, Annin Flags, making US flags. 

Unfortunately, there’s not exact percentages of how many flags are made in China versus the United States.

According to a 2013 Huffington Post article, U.S. law requires all flags by the Federal Government to be made of at least 50 percent American-made materials.

Additionally, the flags found in public places are made in the United States, but the flags bought by private consumers are made in China. The chances of you buying a flag made in the U.S are very slim, but if you order one from a U.S manufacture it’s possible.

“I think it’s fine, it’s just a symbol. The flag is a symbol, doesn’t matter where it’s made, what matters is what it represents. Flags being made in China doesn’t change anything,” said Russian senior Paul Shertyuk.

Teacher Garrett Temkiewicz adds, “A lot of product is made in China. In terms of patriotism, I want flags to be made in the United States. As a community, I don’t think we would be able to afford making flags in the United States. I personally would like the flags to be made in the United States, but don’t think it’s the largest issue.”

“I think it’s fine,” said senior Chantal Biggar, “It’s more profitable since so many things are made in China. Even if school flags are made in China, life still goes on. I think it’s fine.”

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