First post! My name is Sarah and I live in Maine. Sweatshops make me sick. I spend a lot of time researching when I buy something. I try to support fair trade, union made, made in the USA, and local businesses as much as I can. It is not easy, but with some effort it can be done. Certainly not everything I buy is ethically made, but I am trying.

From cars to coffee to underwear, I want to know where it was made and what the working conditions are there.

I want to make it easier for others to buy ethically and sustainably made goods, so I figure I will share my research. Thus, this blog is born! My friend Ben Chin named it Bigney’s List.

Here I will share with anyone who is interested the Made in the USA, fair trade, union made, or Maine made goods I find.

Have suggestions? Please send them to me at

Please note: I have not personally visited the factories or spoken with the workers who make these goods. (Unless otherwise noted.) I am going on whatever information I can find. If you have reason to believe the products I mention are made under unethical working conditions, please let me know! It is always hard to be sure and sometimes there is limited information to go on.

5 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Good luck with the blog.

    I spent over 22 in the domestic footwear business. It breaks my heart to see the crap on the market today.

  2. Keep up the great work!

  3. Check out Pointer brand jeans based in Bristol, VA. They have all kinds of made in America products, including fantastic blue jeans that last forever! A tad pricey, but made in the USA.

  4. LOVE that you are hunting hard for USA products! I try too……keep spreading the word, keep up the good work:)

  5. Hey great job Sarah, this issue has driven me crazy for years. Recently had to go to my nephew’s wedding in Florida. Needed new suit and accessories. I looked around and went to the Nordstrom Rack in South Portland. I got a Joseph Aboud suit made by the brothers and sisters of HERE-UNITE marked down from $750.00 to $160(double bonus). They had shoes Allen Edmunds and other USA shoemakers, made in USA belts(sorry could not remember name) and a few other items made in USA. If you go to the Nordstrom website you can search by products made in USA and last time I looked it was over 9,000. I don’t know if it still exists but there used to be a Union Label office at the national AFL-CIO. Oh and one of my personal favorites that I have been wearing for nearly 20 years, is S
    an Antonio Shoes (SAS) not a union shop but well made and the company does profit sharing will all of the employees. Keep up the great work hope to see you soon.

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