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Where Almost Everything I Used, Wore, Ate or Bought on Monday, April 1, 2013 (That Had a Label) Was Manufactured, to the Best of My Knowledge

Allow a moment to load; roll over images to see their origins. Linked captions lead to factory tours, StreetView, and other further information. Only photos whose captions have asterisks are mine.

Skeptics: see parameters and exceptions.


Sprint® LG Remarq™ cell phone Anchor Hocking® rim-tempered 16 oz. mixing glass Martha Stewart Everyday cotton towel (green) InterDesign® towel bar Simply Shabby Chic® Capri Pants Stripe shower curtain
Speakman® Anystream® shower head Juniper Ridge Siskyou Cedar Soap Collective Well Being® Flake Fighter® shampoo Living Proof® Full Conditioner Gillette® Daisy® Classic disposable razors

GapBody® low rise bikini underwear GapBody® Favorite Uplfit™ bra/td> Alba Botanica® Natural Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion- Replenishing Cocoa Butter Degree® Body Responsive Invisible Solid Shower Clean Anti-Persperant and Deodorant Michael Graves Design® under bed bag
American Apparel® Summer Tee
Levi's® High Rise Skinny Jean (vintage) Ballantyne® cardigan Kevin Murphy Hydrating Lotion (hair) Conair® compact hairdryer
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Scünci® No Damage® hairbands Scünci® roller pin Almay® Amazing Lasting 16 Hour Eye Pencil> Happy Socks™ zebra print socks ByCorpus Varsity jacket
Clarks® Orinoco Hop boots Masco® Delta®/Delex Kitchen Faucet with Chrome Finish IKEA® stainless steel teapot designed by Anna Efverlund and Maria Vinka Magic Chef® stove* De La Paz Coffee Roasters Mission Blend coffee beans
Bodum® Chambord 8-cup french press Kotobuki ceramic owl mug Kenmore® 18 refrigerator* Clover Stornetta Farms
half and half
Oneida® Rockford teaspoon
Calphalon® Contemporary Stainless Steel 1-QT saucepan Bob's Red Mill® 7-grain Hot Cereal Dexas® Silicone Pinch Mitts ceramic blue bowl, unknown* Bob's Red Mill® Premium Quality Sea Salt
Hedge Your Bets ceramic salt shaker Kerrygold® Pure Irish Butter Tools of the Trade teaspoon Chiquita® banana Odwalla® Pure Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
Arcoroc® Lancer On The Rocks tumbler Seventh Generation™ Natural Dish Liquid ScotchBrite® Greener Clean® Natural Fiber Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges BioBag® Food Waste Bag Oggi™ Stainless Steel Composter
Bright Green™ Bathroom Tissue Chicago Faucets® faucet* Mrs. Meyer's® Clean Day Lavender Liquid Hand Soap wooden bookshelf, built half by a friend and half by someone from Taskrabbit St. Martin's Press, Hannah Arendt: The Recovery of the Public World, ©1979
MUJI backpack*

ZARA Basic knit scarf, unknown (tag removed)*

Dior CD1739 eyeglasses Y card and keys, unknown, some cut at Cole Hardware & Don's Key & Lock* Kensington® MicroSaver® Keyed Laptop Lock keys
RSA SecurID® SID700 key fob MUJI wool wallet* Forever 21® knit hat* Galleria® "Spring Run" horse umbrella Clipper® Card
Clipper® Card reader SFMTA Light-Rail Vehicle, J line 3rd generation Apple® iPod Touch® Sony® MDR-EX10LP Earbud Headphones Callard & Bowser® The Original Celebrated Curiously Strong® Altoids®
>HID Global® Smart Card* HID Global® Smart Card reader Steelcase™ Think® Chair Apple® Macbook Pro® Apple® Magic Mouse
Apple® LED Cinema Display and cords Apple® aluminum keyboard Workrite Ergonomics Banana Board Keyboard Apple® USB cord Allen Tel Cat5E patch cord
Proxima® ProLine 20 surge protector* Carlisle® Crystalon®
Stack-All Tumbler
Moleskine® journal Papermate® mechnical pencil Polycom® SoundStation 2 EX
Global Steel Products Corp bathroom stall door lock* Zurn® EcoVantage™ toilet Bobrick® B-2840 Surface-Mounted Toilet Tissue Dispenser With Utility Shelf Rubbermaid® / Technical Concepts TC OneShot® Counter-Mount Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser Bobrick® B-359 ClassicSeries® Recessed Paper Towel Dispenser
Rubbermaid Commercial® LLDPE 23-Gallon Slim Jim Trash Can Wells Fargo® debit card Bic® Round Stic® ballpoint pen The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen™ turkey club* Tafelstern® square ceramic bowl
Bon Chef® Manhattan Seriessalad fork Marin-area bakery
artisan sourdough bread
Tillamook® All Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese Willie Bird® Natural Free Range Organic Turkey Zoe's Meats Dry-Cured Applewood Smoked Bacon
Sierra Nevada® Stout & Stoneground Mustard G.E.T.® Bahama™ Clear SAN Plastic 7-oz Rocks Tumbler Tablecraft® 3-Gallon Beverage Dispenser AT&T® / Avaya® / Lucent® Definity 6416D+M Speaker Phone with LCD Display BIC® Round Stic ballpoint pen
3M Post-It® note Ricoh Aficio® MP-C3501 Multifunction
Color Copier
Staples® 8.5"x11" copy paper Kensington® MicroSaver® Keyed Laptop Lock FIJI® Artesian Water
NCR (National Cash Register Company)® Wells Fargo® ATM (2) 2004 twenty dollar bills BART "C" car SFMTA electric 15TrSF trolleybus Burt's Bees® Lip Shimmer, Caramel
(1) 2004 ten dollar bill (1) 2003 dollar bill, (1) 2006 dollar bill, (1) 2009 dollar bill (1) 1998 quarter, (1) 2007 "Return to Monticello" nickel (1) 1986 quarter (1) 1999 penny
Pabst Blue Ribbon® Beer Anchor Hocking® martini glass Ketel One® Vodka American Standard® toilet San Jamar® 2-Roll Black Pearl Twin Jumbo Toilet Tissue Dispenser
San Jamar® Classic Bulk Liquid/Lotion Soap Dispenser Kenwood® RXD M33Mini HiFi Component System Apple® 13" Macbook Pro Apple® 60W MagSafe Power Adaptor Dynex® audio cable
D-Link DLink DCM-202 DOCSIS Cable Modem Linksys® Wireless-G Broadband Router STA® UL-listed christmas lights Reverware® Copper Clad™ 3-QT saucepan De Cecco No. 91 Orechiette
Brown-Halco® Conventional Stainless Steel Serving Spoon Boskovich Farms Incorporated dino kale Zwilling J.A. Henckels®
paring knife
Wüstof® Bamboo Finish
cutting board
Trader Giotto's® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Les Moulins Mahjoub Traditional Harissa Spread

Mt. Vikos® Sheep & Goat's Milk Blend Feta Cheese Sespe Creek Organics certified organic lemon Microplane® Zester-Grater
Soft Touch
Fox Run Craftsmen® Stainless Steel Strainer

OXO® Sink Strainer-Stopper

Target Home® plate* Gibson Home® stainless steel fork Comcast® TV remote Insignia™ 42" Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV
Comcast Xfinity RNG110 HD Digital Set Top Box IKEA® power strip Salazon Chocolate™ Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Russell Athletics® sweatshirt Harland Clarke® "Blue Sheffield" checks for Wells Fargo®
Bic® Bottle 2 Pen 0.7 mm Retractable Gel Ink Pen TeNeus® Pets Rock Magneto Planner 2013 The Tea Spot Steeping Mug Traditional Medicinals® Easy Now® Herbal Tea Radius® Source™ Recycled Currency Toothbrush
Tom's of Maine® Simply White® Fluoride Toothpaste Oral-B® Essental Floss Natural Dentist® Healthy Gums™ Antigingivitis Rinse Burt's Bees® Radiance Daily Cleanser Eucerin® Original Moisturizing Creme
Walgreens® Double Tipped Cushioned Cotton Swabs GapBody® Pure Body tank top American Apparel® Salt and Pepper Running Shorts Good Design® Nylon Mesh Cube (large size) Boiron® Arnicare® Pain Relief Arnica Ointment
Pommes Frites Spiced Pumpkin Soy Candle BIC® lighter Safeway™ Drug Free Nasal Strips Hearos® Sleep Pretty in Pink® Women's Ear Plugs Spices® Bedroom Sage Platform Bed, Full
Onyx® Plush Eurotop mattress Alamode Passport duvet cover and pillowcases Pacific Coast® SuperLoft™ European Comforter With Pyrenees Down Britannica Home Fashions® Royal Velvet® 400-count cotton black sheets & pillowcases two Pacific Coast® SuperLoft® All Down Pillows


Parameters and exceptions:

I looked up everything that I could find that had a label. Things that had no label or no indication of origin (such as the shower handles in my bathroom, or the salad greens in my lunch) are not included here. Obviously it is often hard to draw a distinction between manufacturing and sourcing, and in some cases distribution. I tried as hard as I could to locate the actual site of manufacturing, but included information about sourcing when it was freely given (the Pyrenees down in the comforter) or when sourcing information seemed inextricable from the finished product (i.e. food products like juice and coffee beans). Also, I am a human being, so there are things that I have missed. Some of this information may be inaccurate, though I tried as hard as I could to make it accurate. In the end, this is meant less as a fact sheet than a meditation on our relationships to things,and the geographically schizophrenic path we trace through their use.

I chose to use product photos and photos taken by others rather than my own in order to highlight the alienation that occurs when one realizes that all of his or her possessions were not only made by strangers far away, but are still afloat and available in the marketplace-- e.g. that an old teapot you've had for years has brand-new shiny cousins waiting to be ordered online, or that a wooden dolphin you bought at a flea market in a far away city (your most prized possession) is still being made by Chinese factory workers who also make wooden snakes, wooden sharks, and wooden pigs. To me, a product photo (and, to a lesser extent, amateur eBay product photos) of your own possession is interesting in so far as the product photo is clean and lit from all sides, while yours may be dirty, chipped, or lost amid a pile of papers. The distance between these two can be analogous to the physical distance between the place of production and the place of consumption.

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