Used and Fairly Traded

Rachelle Marek

I’m not really into fashion, but I am concerned about abolishing injustice and sustaining the earth. When I read Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution, my friends and I made a conscious decision to learn more about the companies that we were supporting through our purchases. I have been buying used clothing ever since. T-shirts, shoes, jeans, sweaters, dresses, bags, jackets—pretty much everything I wear comes from thrift stores.

Honor the Lord with your wealth.
Proverbs 3:9a (NIV)

If you are concerned about how we are affecting the earth and the lives of other people, I invite you to start shopping at thrift stores or buying from companies—such as Cotton Ginny, Ecolution, American Apparel, and MetoWe Style—whose practices reflect the values of God’s kingdom. My choice to buy used and fairly-traded clothing has stirred in others the curiosity to begin similar practices. It has also given them some insight in to my values. My thrift-store purchases help  local companies, and my fair-trade purchases help my brother and sisters around the world.


REFLECT ON ISAIAH 55:2: Why spend money on things that harm others? Why buy when it does you no good? If you clothe yourself in the words and practices of God, you will have the most valuable wardrobe.

—from devozine (September/October 2009). Copyright © 2009 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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