What could be more American than Lincoln Logs? The toys are modeled after real American log cabins, and named after President Abraham Lincoln, who is said to have grown up in a log cabin.
But, as much as they sound American, Lincoln Logs are not American. They’re manufactured in China, a country that uses forced labor and nearly-non-existent environmental standards to make toys that can be sold cheaply in the United States. The sale of Chinese-made products like Lincoln Logs helps to prop up the autocratic Chinese government, undermining efforts at reform.
If the perpetuation of these sorts of abuses doesn’t sound like the kind of gift you want to buy for your children, then cross Lincoln Logs off the wish list. But, then, what can you buy for the kids?
Try Roy Toy Wooden Log Building Sets. They’re almost exactly the same as Lincoln Logs, but they’re manufactured right here in the United States, in accordance with American labor and environmental laws. The Roy Toy sets aren’t very expensive, either, starting at just about ten dollars, and most sets costing only about twenty dollars.
Given this more ethical, inexpensive alternative, why would any American buy Lincoln Logs any more?