Ok ladies and gents who have warmed up to my idea of boycotting the boycotts and going local rather than global.
I’ve gone through my daily routine all weekend and have discovered the following:
1) It is extremely difficult to implement this with regard to hygiene products, if any of you are familiar of any truly local brands for soaps, shampoos, toothpaste or detergents I’d love to get acquainted.
2) With regard to clothing, local options do exist and are quite decent (albeit overpriced) at times. Must just make the conscious decision to tailor more and be less brand oriented. Wearing an Egyptian suit today and perfectly fine with it.
3) With regard to shoes and bags, once again, leather here is quite decent, give the local brands a try.
4) Breakfast options, for those of you who cook their own breakfasts you will find an abundance of local poultry, bean and dairy manufacturers. These really should be the least of our problems. I’ve checked with my mom regarding our cheese buying habits (Denmark and Holland being at the top of the boycotting list) and she said she makes it a point to buy the local brands. So to this end go Masreyeen or Domty or whatever it is you can buy. For processed meats she says some of the Arab brands are quite decent, I’ll settle for Arab.
5) To get to work, unless you are a CCC (and even in that case your bike is probably imported) you are taking a non-local car (even if assembled locally), I strongly doubt this will change in our lifetimes.
6) All the technology items at our office are American, the PCs the phones etc… Only the cables are manufactured locally. If anyone knows of a local manufacturer (not assembler) of PCs and phones kindly bring them to our attention.
7) All the furniture is local (elhamdollelah), basic wood and metal work and a little glass work for the partitions.
8) For delivery options at work you shouldn’t find a problem going local, there is quite a few chains coming out.
9) All our office printed material is being done locally, so stationary is not the issue.
This was a tour through my day, not sure about the rest of yours. Lets focus on the bright spots and lets work on identifying pioneers in the dark ones.
The post title is a working title, I like the innuendo of it. Still working on that logo, trying to avoid going cliche.