Shopping for justice

The trouble with good intentions
Julie Clawson needed a new bra. Most of the time Clawson, a Chicago-area pastor, would have just gone to the store, plunked down some cash and headed home with a new bra. But she had been reading about globalization, and her conscience made her wonder where her money was going and what was being done with it. So she decided to try an experiment. She decided to find a “justice bra”—to make a purchase that could do no wrong.

“The bra had to be made from an organically grown material. No synthetics made from petroleum, no pesticides . . . and no unsustainable practices,” she wrote on the God’s Politics blog. The bra must contain no toxic dyes, and it had to be “fairly made. From the farmers who grew the fibers, to the weavers who spun the fabric, to the tailors who assembled it, each person (adults, not children) along the way had to have been paid a living wage . . . not been coerced to work, and treated humanely.”


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