The Price of Fashion on Our Planet and 3 Ways You Can Help

It is estimated that the United States sends more than 16 million tons of textiles to the landfill every year.

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Lisa Murray for CRS

Just Another Cross? Think again.

CRS Staff

As Catholics, receiving a cross has long been part of our Christian tradition. We are welcomed into the Church at Baptism with the sign of the cross by chrism oil, gifted crosses for First Communion and RCIA and annually receive ashes upon our foreheads in the...


Don’t Give Up Shopping for Lent

CRS Staff

This year, as you journey through Lent, consider your buying habits. How do your purchases impact those around the world? Do you know who made the clothes you're wearing or what their life is like? Three ways to shop this...


The Transformative Power of Fair Trade Gold

Marc Choyt

Under the green Kenyan savanna, three men were digging for gold. They were twenty feet under the ground in a six by six hole supported by stacked logs. I leaned over the opening, trying to catch a glimpse of the...


Standing with Refugees: A Fair Trade Tradition

Simone Blanchard and Erin Mackey

Images flood newspapers and magazines of men, women and children fleeing war, poverty and persecution. People gather to listen and watch the latest updates from the media and a sense of change is palpable among the American people. The year...


Just Say No to a Cheap Christmas

Simone Blanchard

I’m an anxious person, I tend to get wrapped up in the moment. I also LOVE to get a good deal. The holiday season is particularly challenging for me with the extra events, expectations and constant reminders that buying things...


Modern Magi: Where to Shop This Christmas

John Lindner

The holidays are right around the corner, and with them come wonderful time spent with family and friends. During the holiday season, we share conversation and laughter with loved ones and give gifts to express our love and gratitude. We...