We all like to get a bargain when we go shopping, but we are now more aware that sometimes cheap food and clothes means that those who produce them do not get paid enough to live on. Think about what and where you buy things – is it a fair price? Should you pay a little bit more so you can support good employers?
Act 11: Fairtrade
Generosity doesn’t always feel dramatic and hopeful, particularly when we can’t see the effects, and we aren’t at the centre. But the generosity that shifts the course of history isn’t just spontaneous – it’s strategic, and structural. It’s the first day of Fairtrade Fortnight. Jump in, buy fair, and help bend the arc of history towards justice.
Choose how you’ll complete today’s act:
Buy Fairtrade. Scan your shopping list and see what you can switch out (look here to see what products can most commonly be swapped). Make it a personal value, and your life will always be inspiring change in others.
Go to Traidcraft’s online shop and buy gifts for people you don’t ordinarily buy gifts for. Spend five minutes and as much money as you’ve spent on drinks in the last week.
Join a campaign that aims to change the world and make economic justice a reality. Traidcraft and Christian Aid have some wonderful campaigns.
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
(James 4:17 NIV)