At Creator Mundi, we believe in supporting artisans who work for living wages in healthy environments, those who are working with natural materials using practices that have been handed down for generations.
“We were created with a vocation to work. The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity. . . . “To stop investing in people, in order to gain greater short-term financial gain, is bad business for society.”
-Pope Francis, Laudato si, 2015
Instead of buying more, let’s choose to buy quality, with a mind to supporting fair wages and healthy work environments.
In 2007, The National Labor Committee (NLC) released a report: Today Workers Bear the Cross: Crucifixes Made Under Horrific Sweatshop Conditions in China. The NLC discovered that one of the largest distributors of Christian goods in the U.S. was using a factory in China to manufacture crosses and crucifixes for the U.S. market. Junxingye Factory is located in Dongguan, China, a region which, according to the Washington Post, “lies at the center of China’s export manufacturing industry, which relies heavily on low wages to remain competitive. Factories there have been accused in the past of labor abuses, including those making products for McDonald’s, Disney, Mattel and the Beijing Olympics.”
The NLC reported on conditions at the Junxingye Factory which produced the crosses and crucifixes: “Workers are housed in primitive dorm rooms sleeping on narrow double-level metal bunk beds that line the walls. There is no other furniture, and the rooms reek of perspiration. The walls are filthy, smudged with black, while spider webs cling to the ceiling. The bathrooms are so damp and dirty that moss grows on the floor.”
One commentator has written, “It seems unlikely that the Jesus who told his followers ‘Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me also’ would countenance the use of virtual slave labor to produce the symbols of his life” (Ed Brayton).
“I think we have to take that step back from just rushing in to make a purchase somewhere just because it’s cheap and easy and quick, and saying, “What does this purchase really mean? Who is it affecting? You know, how is it affecting my life, my community, the world at large? Who made this product?” And we don’t do that enough.”
– Morgan Spurlock, producer, What Would Jesus Buy
At Creator Mundi, you will find holy symbols made of highest-quality materials by those who work in safe and healthy environments: crosses and crucifixes made of solid bronze in artisan workshops and foundries in Germany, statues fashioned of dolomite and resin in a monastery in France, Christmas ornaments created from brass, tin and copper in a rural village in Thailand. We carry glass crosses, wooden prayer cubes, bronze cross pendants.