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Our Glossary

A brief explanation of the words, the SO JUST SHOP team often refer to in person, on our website, in newsletters and on our social media. There are various interpretations of some of these words but this is what SO JUST SHOP means when we use it.

Blockchain - Literally, a chain of blocks storing digital information. Each block contains digital information and is stored in a public database - the chain. There are three types of information contained in the block – transaction information (e.g. payment information giving amount, day and time of a payment transaction), the digital signature of the individual/entity involved in the transaction/s, and a unique identifier identifying each block from all of the other blocks in the chain;

Cooperative - a private business organization that is owned and controlled by the people who use its products, supplies or services. The primary objective of a Cooperative is to procure/ provide goods and services for its members and thus enable them to attain increased purchasing power and potentially income by being part of a larger organisation;

Economic Empowerment - giving a group of people the means to be in control of their own economic destiny. Unlike economic aid, economic empowerment gives people the means to improve themselves economically, not just food or money to fulfill their immediate needs;

Ethical - morally correct or acceptable;

Fair (Trade) - ensuring fair prices, living wages and safe and comfortable working conditions are afforded for workers and their families involved in any part of the supply chain for a product traded;

Just - acting or behaving in a manner, which is morally right or fair;

Living Wage - Living wage refers to a theoretical wage level that allows an individual to afford adequate shelter, food and the other necessities;

Marginalised - on the edge of society, with minimal or no influence or power within it;

Minimum Wage - the amount of remuneration that an employer is required to pay wage earners for the work performed during a given period, which cannot be reduced by collective agreement or an individual contract;

Raw Materials - the basic materials from which a product is made;

Recycled - waste materials converted into new materials and objects. Like Upcycling, recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfill);

Social Justice - the belief that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, well-being, justice, and opportunity;

Safe Working Conditions - A working environment which is safe in all physical aspects, ensuring there is no risk to health: where working hours are within the legal guidelines for the country and region : where there is adequate provision for legal rights and responsibilities such as holidays, sickness and maternity rights;

Social Enterprise - a private business, selling goods and services in the open market, which aims to make a profit which is then re-invested or donated back into the community it exists in, to create positive social change in either their own or other marginalised communities;

Supply Chain - a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in creating a product or service, and moving it from supplier to end customer;

Sustainable - not harmful to the environment or adversely depleting of natural resources, thereby supporting long-term ecological balance;

Transparent - being completely clear, open and accountable in all information communicated;

Upcycled - waste materials, useless, or unwanted products transformed into new materials or products of better quality or of better environmental value;

Vulnerable - in need of special care, support or protection because of risk of neglect through poverty or other social circumstances;

Women-led - a business/workforce founded and managed by women and where the majority of the workforce are women;

Working Age - the minimum age for working legally. This may vary significantly from country to country and region to region within a country, with organisations such as the International Labour Organisation providing information on what these are and how they have been set. There may be different legal working hours limits for different ages depending on the country or region of the world;

Working Hours - the amount of time someone spends working (in a designated workplace) during a defined period, normally per day or per week. Maximum legal working hours may vary significantly from country to country and region to region within a country, with organisations such as the International Labour Organisation providing information on what these are and how they have been set;

Zero Waste - redesigning of resource life cycles so that all products are reused, with the goal for no waste to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean.