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shop with a conscience: No Sweat Apparel

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : May 9, 2007

Often, when extolling the virtues of buying fair trade goods, I see a helpless look in people’s eyes. They WANT to shop justly, but they have no idea where to start. It is easy to buy fair trade coffee, but we have no idea where most of our goods come from. And because it is such a profoundly huge undertaking to find out where EVERYTHING we buy comes from, it is easier to emotionally detach and simply do nothing.

In my recent post on alternative economics, I tried to take a step away from the sort of theological nerdiness I usually post. Instead, I wanted to offer something practical. I like bridging profound theological truth with every-day life. Today, I want to give you an example of something simple that you can do to live more justly.

No Sweat Apparel.comEveryone needs t-shirts. Start buying them from No Sweat Apparel. Why them?

  1. You are going to buy t-shirts and other cotton garments and accessories from somewhere, right?
  2. Their clothing is fair trade.
  3. Their clothing is relatively inexpensive (especially compared to other fair trade stores).
  4. If you buy their goods from the link I provide, I get a small cut (and I hope you know me enough to realize that I’m not simply promoting them for whatever paltry commission I’d get).
  5. And believe it or not, if you buy their clothing, you might bring peace to the Middle East (watch the clip below):

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