Shopping Ethically

In the past few months, I’ve received many calls, texts, emails, etc. in response to a post I wrote in December entitled Stop Buying Slaves. The piece detailed how we all in some way have played and still currently play a role in promoting modern-day slavery and why we as Christians need to make significant efforts to stop buying slaves. Popular brands we purchase our clothes, food, coffee, accessories, sporting goods, etc from often employee what we would refer to as slaves. Christians most of all should be furious about this.

Many of the people who contacted me were convicted by our unethical shopping habits as well as inquired about ethical shopping options. Here are a few options and resources that I know of:

Clothes & Accesories
Coffee & Tea
Food
Household
Personal Hygiene
Shoes
Misc
Final Tips
  • American-made, not American-assembled or designed in America
  • Look for the Fair Trade or Direct Trade label
  • Shop at thrift stores, boutiques, second-hand shops, etc
  • If the price is too good to be true, then it most likely is too good to be true. The odds are that someone was ripped off in producing that product for so inexpensive.

As you can see, there are many options available in most categories of life. From face wash to furniture, people are crafting products and businesses that are ethically sourced by paying their laborers fair wages as well as using wholesome and sustainable resources that seek to better the environment.

If you know of any other ethically-sourced products that are not listed above, please feel free to share them with me. I’d love to look them up and add them to the list!

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