Are you an ethical shopper? Here’s a Melbourne Catholic business that sells only Fair Trade, organic cotton t-shirts
POPE Francis inspired a business model that’s helping save the environment, support fairer workplaces and promote faith-filled messages.
Servi Store co-founder Ajesh Abraham read the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”) and took seriously the call to greater care of the environment and its people.
“As we were reaching the final stages of the creation of Servi Store it was providential that Pope Francis released Laudato Si’,” Mr Abraham said.
“The encyclical has been a major inspiration especially the quote from the chapter on Integral Ecology that states: ‘Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature’.
“We try and incorporate this into our business strategy.”
With a mandate to “create products to inspire” the graphic designer and a small team of supporters had already developed a following through clothing with positive messages.
“The whole journey started with T-shirts,” Mr Abraham said. read more