There Is A Life…Behind Our Clothing

I began asking the question, “Who made my clothes?” and discovered that I was extremely disconnected from the men, women, and children in the agriculture, manufacturing, and retail industries that provided the clothes I purchased.

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Claire Couche

What is CRS Ethical Trade?

Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade is a celebration of the dignity of work. It’s a community of fair trade believers dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable by choosing to consume differently. Together, we’re creating a better world through education, advocacy and conscientious purchasing. Your ethical trade journey starts here!

In a world of exploited workers longing to be seen

we are called to communion

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Mama Tierra Coffee

From the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico — Desde el corazon de Oaxaca, Mexico

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Live your faith through reflection, education, and action

CRS Ethical Trade activities, resources and events help Catholics of all ages connect with their faith and their global neighbors.

PROTECT VULNERABLE GIRLS’ ACCESS TO EDUCATION

Children who are refugees are more vulnerable to human trafficking, early marriage and forced labor. Providing opportunities for education is one way to reduce their risk of being trafficked.

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I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…every product can and should contribute positively to the world. Those that exploit people or the environment ideally lose favor in the marketplace as ethically made products are embraced by everyone.

TB

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…I want to support Catholic Relief Services & businesses advocated by CRS.

CL

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…because I believe that every person deserves a living wage and to be treated fairly, no matter where they come from or where they live.

CP

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…people deserve to earn a fair wage for their hard work and beautiful products.

CH

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…I believe everyone’s story deserves to be heard.

EM

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…it’s the right thing to do! How you choose to spend your money is an incredibly powerful voting mechanism that you can call on day-to-day, not just once every few years.

MK

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…I believe that the fine crafter’s products should be available worldwide so that we can help the crafter’s family life.

KH

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…when I shop ethically I know I get a hand-made, quality product where the labor of the producer is valued, their family is protected and our world gets a better chance to thrive.

SH

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…I shop ethically because I know my purchases have an impact on the lives of others and our planet.

EM

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…I’m just trying to do my part to make this world a better place!

VC

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…the products are lovely and the money I spend goes to help people all over the world.  It’s a win-win.

LK

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…we speak loudly through our purchases!  If you want the world to be a better place for all, show it with your purchases.

JK

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…I want my purchases to support the people that make the products I buy.

CO

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…because it’s an opportunity to do something good that goes beyond simply boycotting offending apparel companies.

JK

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…I know there is a person behind every product I chose to buy and I want them to thrive.

SB

I SHOP ETHICALLY BECAUSE...

…it’s a simple choice that affects others in a big way.

SJ