- Published on 13 October 2014
This 13th - 19th October brings chocolate week, and we’re quite excited about the opportunity to celebrate all things chocolate-y. Fortunately, enjoying Edinburgh based outfit Equal Exchange’s new range of luxury chocolate, produced organically on small-scale sustainable farms, is the perfect way to do it. Look out for it arriving in the shop this weekend!
Yet it should of course be a week of appreciation not just for those eating the stuff, but for everyone involved in the supply chain – from producer, to chocolatier, to supplier; to us and then to you. As one of the top 5 chocolate consuming countries, coupled with the largest market for Fairtrade producers, we have a proud legacy to continue to develop here in the UK.
Plus, Fairtrade chocolate is a story worth taking the time to appreciate: Equal Exchange’s new venture is an exemplary case study. 90% of the world’s chocolate is grown on small family farms, and EE’s new range sources cocoa from cooperatives in Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Working with Fairtrade and Equal Exchange has supported these communities through scholarships for workers children, reforestation projects to achieve carbon neutrality, amongst other benefits of the Fairtrade Premium; in the words of Hilderbrando Salazar, general manager of Peruvian cooperative Oro Verde: “like Equal Exchange, we want to improve the lives of our small farmer members”. Dare we say that by treating yourself to a bar of Caramel and Sea Salt that your helping to do just that.
Add to that the fact that Halloween is coming up and guisers soon to be found chapping on doors soliciting sugar (hopefully still in exchange for a joke or song!), why not make the bold decision to hand out Fairtrade chocolate this year? It gives you an excuse to come and sample your gifts next week, takes an important step toward injecting integrity back into Halloween; and you might even educate a few kids.
- Published on 22 September 2014
You may have heard of the recent floods in Kashmir, where some of our papier mache artisans are based. Raja Mugloo, the producer, writes:
"It was like Tsunami and we didn't even get any time to move…we have never witnessed such devastating floods. One of my raw material suppliers Mehraj-udin, his entire property and goods were completely submerged in water. The overall loss of lives and property has been severe. Our shop in Srinigar was completely submerged under 15 ft of water. Everything is washed away! We have not been able to move everywhere as 80% of the roads are damaged and are still under water."
Thankfully none of Asha's artisans lost their lives, but the impact on their lives has been severe. Shared Earth is donating £1,000 to help them rebuild property and buy new raw materials such as paints and so on.
If you would like to make a donation yourself, they have set up a donation page.
- Published on 09 September 2014
Please join us on Sunday 28th September at 2:30pm when Mirabelle Maslin, author of Infants and Children: An introduction to emotional development will be at the shop for a talk and discussion. Free fair trade refreshments will be served.
A parent's ability to be able to see and understand things through the eyes of their child is fundamental.
The child will come to feel truly known by the parent, and the parent helps him or her to make sense of what surrounds them. And where can true comfort be found? True comfort arises from the knowledge of a relationship that is based on trust. And what about the needs of the child of the past that dwells inside each 'adult' state?
This new book from author and therapist Mirabelle Maslin opens up a whole new world of understanding for parents and carers.
Available to buy now at One World Shop £7.99
- Published on 21 August 2014
We have received new funding from the Community Jobs Fund for an office support position at One World Shop. This will be for 25 hours a week for 6 months, which includes weekday and weekend work. Unfortunately, due to restrictions set by the fund you must be aged between 20 - 24.
The role includes working with our small team to keep our customer records up to date, inputting orders and stock information, managing the social media accounts and other related jobs. No formal qualifications are necessary but a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, using and updating a database, and e-commerce would be an advantage. Ability to communicate effectively is a must.
To apply, please contact your local Job Centre Plus or Skills Development Scotland office. You need to complete a Referral Eligibility Form which they will provide.
Closing Date: 5th September 2014
- Published on 22 July 2014
Women across the world still face extraordinary discrimination in education, work and decision-making. Looking at Equal Exchange’s Coffee Grown by Women, the work of Get Paper Industries in Nepal and Weaving Destination’s work with trafficked women in India, we examine what more could be done in the world of Fair Trade, both at home and abroad.
This event is part of the Just Festival; speakers will include our very own Rachel Farey, Sarah Boyak MSP and Fiona Mailley from Equal Exchange.