Bandages, Not Made in USA?

Check the bandages in your first aid box, are you sure they are made in USA?

People all over the world trust the quality of US brand because products made in the States are usually safer and better. But on a trip to drug stores for bandages, I realized, even with first aid items, US brands might not be US made.

I started with the brand that took up most of the shelf space, none of this brand was made here. Next, I moved to the 3M Nexcare, thank havens, these are made in USA. Then I got curious about “green” bandages.

From the bandages I found at Whole Foods, it looks like “latex-free” is the feature, since some people are allergic to latex. These are what I ended up getting.

Nexcare Waterproof Clear Bandage

Nexcare Waterproof Bandage Made in USANexcare Waterproof Clear Bandage is made of a clear material that lets the air in and keeps the water out. On first sight, I thought, how can this thin, clear layer handle my frequent hand washing. It also took me a while to figure out how to put it on. (see this application demonstration, 28 seconds into the video.)

As Nexcare advertised, it stayed on until I decided to take it off a few days later. My cut was healed and it didn’t leave a ring of stickiness.

Nexcare Soft’n Flex Bandage

nexcare soft'n flex bandages made in usaIf you would rather have the traditional bandage, Nexcare Soft’n Flex Bandage is the pick. It is latex-free, comfortable to wear, and flexible to the movements. It stays on well but I must say the waterproof ones did much better.

Before you run out to the store for these US made bandages, make sure to visit Nexcare’s Coupons & Rebates page and save some money!

[NOTE] Please see the 2015 update on more USA made options.

4 thoughts on “Bandages, Not Made in USA?

  1. I was surprised to discover that the”Band-aid” brand of gauze that I just bought was made in China. This parent company is Johnson and Johnson. ?

    • That is how I felt when I wrote this post. And I believe you are correct that Band-Aid is part of Johnson and Johnson. Whenever I check the bandages in the stores, I found that 3M (Nexcare) to be the only company that provides USA made first aid items. Target’s store brand Up & Up was the other USA made bandages I found.
      Also, more recently, if you read origins on boxes of other types of products, you might often see designed/engineered in USA but produced else where.

  2. If you are concerned about putting a bandage on a cut/wound read the label. I have found that almost all J&J bandaid products are made in China. I do not use any product on or in my body from China.

    • Brenda, we share the same concern. That was the reason I started checking the origin of the bandages and beauty aid items like cotton rounds.

      Thank you for taking the time to write and I hope we will soon see more USA made products coming back into our stores.

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