Our shop is easy to get to, we're located underneath St John's Church in the Cornerstone Centre (lower terrace). Click here to see us on a map. You'll find us right at the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, near Shandwick Place.
Bus: There are a lot of buses that stop nearby. Have a look on the Lothian Buses website to find out the best way to get here from in and around Edinburgh.
Train & Tram: We are near both Waverley and Haymarket station, and the tram passes by with the nearest stop on Shandwick Place.
The One World Shop was set up by George Shand, a Traidcraft representative who had a passionate belief in trade justice and started out as a stall selling fairly traded products at St John’s Church. The shop became a limited company with charitable status in 1984 and the first Fair Trade certified product finally hit the shelves in 1994.
Since then we have opened (and unfortunately closed) two shops in Glasgow and in 2015 we moved to a new location at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church while St John's Church had a new extension built and is refurbished. In October 2017, we moved back to St John's Church. The development is still undergoing works, but we have settled into the finished part and our new location at the Lothian Road end of the lower terrace, now called the Cornerstone Centre at St John's.
The One World Shop played a leading role in helping both Edinburgh and Glasgow become Fairtrade Cities in 2004 and 2006 respectively and in 2008, we received the Edinburgh Fairtrade City Long Standing Achievement Award. Our Business Manager, Rachel Farey, is also an award winner and won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum Awards in 2015.
Today we provide so much more than just a shop. While we continue to expand the fantastic range of Fair Trade products we stock in the shop we also provide services for schools, community groups and businesses. We nurture volunteers and advocate for and provide education about Fair Trade.
Our aim is to reduce poverty in poor areas of the world through trading fairly. We sell foods and gifts which are produced by farmers and craft workers who:
By shopping with us, donating or volunteering you are helping to make the world a fairer place. All of our stock is fair trade(with the exception of our multicultural range of CDs, books and locally sourced soaps). We endeavour to support social enterprises and producers of ethical and environmentally friendly products.