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A podcast promoting the discovery of American made goods, and not stuff from China.
Let's promote a better supply chain for the US, resulting in higher quality of goods, better national security, economic growth, and expansion of small, American businesses.
Buy American!

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A podcast promoting the discovery of American made goods, and not stuff from China.
Let's promote a better supply chain for the US, resulting in higher quality of goods, better national security, economic growth, and expansion of small, American businesses.
Buy American!

    EP25 | Drugstore China

    EP25 | Drugstore China

    Alternate title: "We lost the Pharm... aceutical, to China". 

    Also on Youtube https://youtu.be/qbUY50FBcm4

    Uncommiegoods.com/episode25

    Enough puns aside, I was absolutely stunned to learn than China produces and exports 90-95% of the world's prescription drug supply. This ranges from completely manufactured generic drugs,  or raw components, known as precursors for  use in pharmaceutical manufacture. Again, 90-95% of it comes from China.

    I was too stunned to even pick and discuss a new All American UnCommie Good for this episode. So in lieu of that, please go check out my www.uncommiegoods.com/buy to find one of the items I recommend. 

    To also help find American made goods, check out https://www.wecultivate.us/ The Cultivate is a great Chrome Browser Extension 

    Now back to the story. I caught this amazing, and stunning Twitter thread from https://twitter.com/ShivenChabria 

    He also wrote a great article at American Greatness called End China’s Chokehold on Pharmaceuticals back in March 23 2020. That's right, over a year ago! 

    https://amgreatness.com/2020/03/23/end-chinas-chokehold-on-pharmaceuticals/

    Some highlights (or lowlights) 

    1. China Dumped cheap medications until domestic sources stopped making drugs and pharmaceuticals. Then China raised the price. 

    2. The Three most important drugs to fight Anthrax are no longer made in the United States .

    3. The last fermentation plant for Penicillin closed in 2004. In the podcast I said, or guessed it was "invented" in America. Turns out it was London.         Close enough! 

    4. Heparin, an injectable blood thinner, killed over 200 Americans when a tainted batch from China was shipped here. 

    And so much more! 

    Please contact me at hello@uncommiegoods.com with any questions or feedback. 


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    • 16 min
    EP24| Uighur You Goin?

    EP24| Uighur You Goin?

    Today's show introduces listener mail, and a new tool called "The UnCommie-ometer" Listen to learn more. 
    Use the Cultivate Chrome Browser Extension https://www.wecultivate.us/ to easily determine what is American Made on A

    China is systematically trying to depopulate and change the lifestyles of their Uighur minority population by splitting the young from home, putting them into labor and re-education camps thousands of miles from home, and not allowing many of them to leave the workdplace

    I discuss this issue covered by the BBC Article 

    1) 'If the others go I'll go': Inside China's scheme to transfer Uighurs into work

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-56250915

    2) The study uncovered by a Uighur researcher proving the existence of the program to move Uighurs from their homeland into labor and re-education camps. Use a translate tool. 

    http://web.archive.org/web/20200507161938/https://ciwe.nankai.edu.cn/2019/1223/c18571a259225/page.htm

    3) The trade war comes to Walmart, Target and Macy’s - 

    This Article covers what percentage of goods are chinese made and sold from Target and Walmart. 

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/23/business/china-tariffs-trump-trade-walmart-retail

    4) Over 40 Percent of Amazon's Sellers Are Based in China 

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/over-40-percent-of-amazons-sellers-are-based-in-china



    The UnCommie Good of the week (Not a sponsor), is the Sleep Master®Sleep Mask.  https://amzn.to/3rbklD0

    I have personally bought two of these, I left one in a hotel on a vacation, and I immediately bought a replacement. I love this thing, and as a light sleeper, the Sleep Master® Sleep Mask is essential for my well being. 

    The Sleep Master® Sleep Mask really fits in with the theme of the last three episodes, which interviews with entrepreneurs that all happened to be in the fitness world. 

    One important factor in being as fit as possible. Is good quality sleep!

    I’ve always been a light sleeper, and need to make my conditions as optimal to get a good night’s sleep, and that’s why i use the american made Sleep Master® Sleep Mask eliminates light and reduces sound,  and I”ve been using it for years, way before I started this show, trying to make  sure everything I buy is an UnCommie Good.

    The Sleep Master® Sleep Mask is lightweight, made of a soft, cool satin fabric mask, that is comfortable and breathable.

    Seriously, if you’re a delicate sleeper, you’re going to love the Sleep Master® Sleep Mask  and it’s around 20 bucks.

    Go To  https://www.uncommiegoods.com/buy to see all the american made goods mentioned on this show. 




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    • 30 min
    EP23| Get a Grip! Victory Grips! (Interview)

    EP23| Get a Grip! Victory Grips! (Interview)

    For a complete set of shownotes: Go to www.uncommiegoods.com/Episode23

    Today’s guest on  UnCommie Goods Victor is Pelligrino, founder and CEO of VictoryGrips, and his production partner Kent Foster ,

    Victory Grips produces  100% American made Grips. Now what are grips? Straight from the Victory Grips website: “Grips are the gear you wear on your hands for protection and to help you hold on to a pull-up bar or rings for skills such as kipping or butterfly pull-ups, toes to bar, and muscle ups....... 

    For the rest of the shownotes: www.uncommiegoods.com/Episode23


    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/VictoryGrips
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/victorygrips/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoryGrips








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    • 54 min
    22| Let's Get WildBar! (Interview)

    22| Let's Get WildBar! (Interview)

    Here’s the second interview in the history of UnCommie Goods, with a long time personal friend of mine, and founder/CEO of Wild Bar, Jason Cook. I learned a lot and I think many of you will enjoy his story of how he brought this product to market, despite the odds stacked against him.
    Wild Bars are delicious, and I know you’ll enjoy them and feel great after you have one. You will also enjoy this great interview.
    Read on below, or listen to the show to learn how to enter the  giveaway contest sponsored by me!
    Yes, I love Wild Bars and am excited to personally supply the prize.
    You can find Wild Bar at
    Wildbar.co, that’s right, dot co.
    Twitter at www.twitter.com/wildbarco and
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildbarco/

    Why Transparency is important to me, and the UnCommie Way.

    The problem with most protein or energy bars - The Mystery Ingredients, it's like sludge. You don't really know what you're eating.

    How a back problem was cured with Crossfit. In turn, to be a successful CrossFitter, you need the right fuel, aka nutrition.

    The origins of the Wild Bar - Jason dealing with the hassle of meal prepping led to the need for healthy, grab and go snacks to fuel intense workouts.

    Onerous FDA regulations led to pivoting away from a meat-based bar to another wonder nutrient that is the main Wild Bar ingredient

    How the Wild Bar is like a work of art.

    The origin of their tagline “Eat Instinctually”

    TradeMark disputes marked the biggest challenges in the beginning.

    It’s really difficult to find a supplier willing to do  small runs when you’re starting out. This was the same experience in episode 21, Here Comes the Spider Chalk 

           Suppliers and vendors asked for a ridiculous amount for whatever you want to order. In this case, packaging and wrappers.   I think this is one                 the  biggest challenges for a new company to make a product. Potential vendors will want you to buy 100,000 units instead of a few hundred. How is one supposed to start out with a limited budget? You really will need to search far and wide to find a source that will work with you.

    Is there collusion between the large protein/fitness bar brands to keep out the little guy?

    The Pandemic hits, and Jason can’t use one of his biggest strengths, his ability to sell in person.  He pivots to digital and direct marketing.

    The importance of DIY and sharing that a product is made with love, and using top quality ingredients.  This is a passion business, and integrity is key to persevere when  times are tough. Do you believe in your product? Then you won't give up.


    The giveaway:
    Winner gets their choice of a box of the following flavors, Cherry, Blueberry, or Pineapple.
    How to enter:
    Please do the following by March 1, 2021 to enter the giveaway:
    1) Go to Apple podcasts app and find UnCommie Goods.
    2) Give UnCommie Goods a five star rating
    3) Write up a review,, saying why you like this show,
    4) Take a screenshot of the Review, and email it with subject “Wild Bar to hello@uncommiegoods.com and I’ll enter you in the contest.
    I’ll announce the winner shortly after on the show!
    You can reach me at hello@uncommiegoods.com, my website at www.uncommiegoods.com

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    • 37 min
    21 | Here Comes the Spider Chalk! (Interview)

    21 | Here Comes the Spider Chalk! (Interview)

    Special Giveaway promotion for this episode - enter by March 15, 2021. See details below, go to the episode webpage at www.uncommiegoods.com/episode21,  OR listen to the show. 

    I am so excited to share this first guest interview in the history of UnCommie Goods.  I loved doing this show, and learned a lot. I bet you’ll love it too, even if you’re not into chalking up your hands to lift some heavy weights!

    I love this company’s story and am a huge fan of their products which I use daily.

    The  guest for this episode of UnCommie Goods is James Hobson, Founder and CEO of Spider Chalk, the only 100% American source for chalk.  This is block, powder, or liquid chalk for getting a good grip on anything you need it for, such as weightlifting, gymnastics, rock climbing, pole dancing, and even some sports I never heard of before!

    I had a problem. The gyms were closed due to the pandemic.  As a gym rat, I needed to workout.

    All I had was my 50 lb kettlebell.

    After 15 to 20 kettlebell swings, my hands get sweaty and I was pretty sure the 50lbs of iron would slip out of my hand and break my apartment. No problem, I just need some chalk. But does a liquid chalk exist? Yes! and I found some online!

    The first liquid chalk I bought (not from SpiderChalk) to solve that problem was made in China.  I didn’t know that until I received it. 

    I was annoyed, and determined to find an American manufacturer of chalk. Spider Chalk was my savior.

    After talking to my guest, i agree with his statement “I hope it encourages other entrepreneurs to take a leap of faith into manufacturing here in the USA.”

    It certainly requires persistence and never giving up. Please enjoy this amazing interview with the CEO and Founder of Spider Chalk, the only UnCommie Chalk out there. 

    The giveaway: Winner gets their choice of Liquid Spider Chalk*, Powdered Spider Chalk*, or Mega Gym Chalk Block (Total Prize Value 25-ish buck) 

    How to enter: 

    Please do the following by March 15, 2021 to enter the giveaway:

    1) Go to Apple podcasts app and find UnCommie Goods.

    2) Give UnCommie Goods a five star rating

    3) Write up a review,, saying why you like this show,

    4) Take a screenshot of the Review, and email it with subject "Spider Chalk" to hello@uncommiegoods.com and I'll enter you in the contest.

    I'll announce the winner shortly after on the show! 

    You can reach me at hello@uncommiegoods.com, my website at www.uncommiegoods.com and 

    *Affiliate links that pay me a referral fee, at no extra cost to you. Proceeds go towards supporting this show. 


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    • 53 min
    Minisode - What is "Slower Commerce" And Why It's Good For Us

    Minisode - What is "Slower Commerce" And Why It's Good For Us

    Do you love Amazon Prime and Two day shipping? I don't blame you. 

    Have you ever thought about the impact of having millions of goods mass-produced, shipped, warehoused, and at the ready for your one-click buy? Do you even know where it was made, who made it, and how it got to your front door? 

    China has benefited tremendously during the pandemic and the  explosion in online shopping by Americans in 2020. How can we reverse this trend? 

    With Americans Stuck at Home, Trade With China Roars Back

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/14/business/economy/us-china-trade-covid.html?searchResultPosition=1

    What are the long term ramifications of buying Chinese-made goods, versus American made?  

    Do you want to feel better about what you buy and bring into your home? 

    I wanted to share some thoughts on how we buy goods online, and embracing an ethos of "Slower Commerce" can help support American Jobs, economic growth, and prosperity in your or another American community. 

    Listen and learn the five characteristics of what makes some goods part of the "Slower Commerce"  movement. 

    There's no UnCommie Good for this week, so slow down, and enjoy the New Year. 

    Subscribe to this show so you can listen my first Interview with a Small American manufacturer, coming in January 2021! 

    Reach me at Hello@Uncommiegoods.com" 


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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

katarina_ruth ,

Made in America

Lars does a great job making you think about where your products are coming from! These are direct and informative episodes that open your eyes and make you wonder why so many products that we use are not made in America.

slam7009 ,

UnCommie Goods

Lars Thurfjell is an exceptional host as a podcaster and his “UnCommie Goods” is not just informative/educational, but also entertaining. I especially enjoyed his interview/session with the founder of Spider Chalk. Well done Lars!

Fostering Joy ,

Challenge our status quo

I am really appreciative of Lars perspective on “Commie” implications and how to support a movement of American made products. I have never thought this deeply about the topic, and appreciate how he unpacks each episode. He walks through each episode with diligently and helps the listener understand. The episodes are easy to digest and follow along.

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