Americans prefer not to know where their stuff comes from


Many Americans are still adopting an “ignorance is bliss” policy when it comes to thinking about where their stuff comes from.

From the food we eat and the clothes we buy to the tech we use day to day — the average person has three instances a week where they’d just rather not know the full story of where things came from.

A new study examining just how much thought we put into the things we buy found 48 percent of Americans feel like it’s easier to adopt an “ignorance is bliss” policy when making purchases.

And if you’ve ever picked up a shirt at the mall and wondered whether it was made in a sweatshop, you can relate to the six in 10 (64 percent) Americans who feel guilty about various products they purchase.

From a pair of skinny jeans to the latest tech gadget, a new survey of 2,000 Americans – commissioned by The Grommet – revealed 19 percent say they buy items they know might have been manufactured under questionable conditions.

Having to opt for a product that’s more affordable than other options (64 percent) is the most common reason why survey respondents have to brush over the thought of products potentially being made in unethical conditions, followed by the inability to resist a good bargain (47 percent) and general convenience (42 percent.)

Men are more likely to put thought into where and how a product was manufactured (26 percent vs. 16 percent,) but are still more likely to purchase a product that they think may have been manufactured under unethical conditions (29 percent vs. 15 percent.)

People aged 18-24 are the most likely to put “a great deal” of thought into where items have been manufactured (29 percent,) but are also the age group that’s most likely to feel it’s easier to adopt an “ignorance is bliss” policy (60 percent.)

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