The Fair Project
This December we were approached by Jaci and Jenny two college students who were making a pact to purchase fair in 2017. What does it mean to purchase fair? To purchase fair is to pledge to make shopping choices that value fair wages and working conditions for all people. Jenny and Jaci are committing to The Fair Project and they want to know – will you join The Fair Project too? Before we tell you how you can do that, let’s meet Jaci.
“It is nearing the end of January, so naturally, my New Years resolution is in full swing! My name is Jaci and this past year, I’ve been thinking more about where the goods I buy actually come from. So, in 2017, I’ve decided (technically I took the idea from a friend) that I will only be buying clothing secondhand this year, or from a company that sells fair trade clothing. I don’t expect it to be easy, because I really like clothing shopping with my friends, but I know it will be worth it. Over the course of the year, a goal I have is to raise awareness of the true cost of brand name clothing, which is people.
This brings me to the Fair Project. The idea of the Fair Project is a pledge to make shopping choices that value fair wages and working conditions for all people. For me right now, my plan going forward for the year is about clothing purchases. There is an insane amount of slave labor that goes into textile production around the globe, and one really good way to lessen my contribution to that is to only purchase clothing second hand. I’m almost one month into 2017 now and this will be my first monthly update.
In a nutshell, this month was easy. I just haven’t gone clothing shopping. My money has been strictly going toward only Jesus, school, and the car I drive. I haven’t seen a need to spend money beyond that. That being said, I haven’t faced very many challenges at all. In fact, I’ve actually become more aware of the sheer excess of clothing that I already own. I recently took a test online to calculate the number of slaves I employ around the world unknowingly.
Here is the link, I highly recommend taking it. http://slaveryfootprint.org/ After completing this quiz, I started evaluating the items I own and questioning if I really need all of it, which I don’t. However, it is such human nature to want more and more.
Overall, I’ve gained a better perspective about my own heart and where my priorities should be. I’ve also learned about a few more thrift shops that I didn’t know existed (Thank you Jenny!). Going forward, I do anticipate facing challenges, but I know this purpose is bigger than any peer pressure or desire I come up with on my own.”
Now the challenge for you. You too can join The Fair Project. Here is how:
- Read about Jenny and Jaci and follow their journey as they choose to purchase fair for a whole year, we will here from them every month. We will also be sharing about labor trafficking on this blog. Share their stories and learn more about labor trafficking and how it affects all of us.*
- Jenny and Jaci are hoping to raise $136 per month each as this is the amount that the average American spend sper month on clothes. Can you help them surpass their goal? All monies donated go towards our awareness events and fair trade purchases of promotional and marketing materials.
- Take the pledge and join the team. You too can commit to purchase fair. Try it for a month, 3 months, 6 months, or a year. Write to us and tell us your story, we want to share it with our community! Encourage people to give in your name so that we can spread more awareness and provide more opportunity for every day people to fight against human trafficking. When you choose to join the team we will send you a Facebook shareable so you can tell your friends what we are doing together.