Less than a month after vowing to give up foreign-made products for an entire year, Mike Catherwood has hit a few snags.
Like gasoline. Is it OK to fill his tank with fuel derived from foreign crude oil?
And sex toys. When Catherwood, the co-host of Dr. Drew Pinsky's Loveline radio show, tried to find one for a bachelorette party, everything was made overseas, he said.
On Tuesday, Catherwood visited KROQ-FM's Kevin & Bean show to discuss these and other dilemmas in his quest to buy only American products in 2012.
He recently launched a website, DomesticJourney.com, to chronicle his experiment.
His goal, he said, is to publicize and praise companies that keep jobs in the U.S. and to see if it's even possible to completely avoid foreign goods "in this age of outsourcing."
So far, he's encountered lots of "gray areas." For instance, even though his Cadillac contains some foreign-built parts, he decided it qualifies as American-made because it was assembled in Michigan.
And he's OK using foreign oil to fuel the car because gasoline is typically refined in the U.S., he said. Likewise, he thinks it's kosher to sip java made from imported coffee beans as long as those beans are "roasted, crushed and packaged in the USA."
But he's gone cold turkey on CDs and DVDs by American musicians and movie studios, because the discs themselves are often manufactured outside the U.S.
And he's hoping his iPhone doesn't go on the fritz because he knows of no American-made cell phones.
Catherwood also now wears a vintage pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses because newer models are no longer made domestically. He even stopped eating bananas because they all seem to be grown outside the U.S., he said.
To hear Catherwood's interview on KROQ, click here.
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