We all crave justice. From the time we are very young, we sense the world is not what it should be – not as it could be.
As we grow older we become aware that it is a complex, integrated world and the choices we make daily are part of its brokenness. We react by wanting to ensure we are part of creating a more just and sustainable society – but it is not always clear how.
In this section we will explore practical tips and tools to help us “live justice daily.” We’ll do this with regular #livejustice blogs and posts. And we are hoping you will help us to make the section useful with your ideas, comments and questions. In this spirit, we’ve started with ideas from members of the World Vision Voices network, telling us how they include justice in their shopping.
Please send your own ideas or any questions you would like us to explore by using #livejustice or emailing Doug_Blackburn@worldvision.ca.
LIVE JUSTICE RESOURCES
Choose Justice DVD and Guide
This World Vision collaboration with Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne includes Christian teaching and practical application for making justice a daily lifestyle choice – for individual or group study. Order the DVD
The Good Guide
This third-party, research-based tool rates popular products to help you make safe, healthy, green and ethical choices. Visit Good Guide
FROM VOICE MEMBERS:
Top Tips for Shopping Ethically
“A lot of package labels contain an address to write to the company about their product. Use it to ask questions about their practices and ethics. If they realize their customers are paying attention, they will have to as well. The public spotlight is the best tool, because it affects their bottom line. The more light that is shone on shoddy practices, the sooner they will stop.”
— Agnes Watts
“It has been wonderful to evaluate what we actually NEED as opposed to the cute shirts we WANT. And, I must say that there is a feel good feeling about making purchases that support equity for workers and don’t contribute to the mass production of more STUFF. (Check out “The Story of Stuff” by Annie Leonard.)”
— The Luomas Family
“Sustainable fish choices are also absolutely essential given the current state of most global fisheries. I eat fish selectively based on sustainable fishing practices. I look for eco labels like the Marine Stewardship Council and also use guides like David Suzuki’s list.”
— Greg Taylor
“In regards to conflict minerals, here is a list of companies in order of conduct…This group has done a lot of good work!”
— Barry Robinson
“My tip is to buy items made in Canada. Snug-as-a-Bug in Toronto is an example. Children’s clothing may be quite a bit more expensive, but a person knows it is made under regulated conditions, fair wages, etc. Do we really need 10 cheap outfits, or will 2 quality, ethically-made ones suffice?”
— Angela Norris
Product of Canada” claims have a higher threshold of Canadian content (at least 98%) while “Made in Canada” claims have at least a 51% threshold of Canadian content.