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  • Daughters of the Ganges

    We have just received a delivery of some beautifully designed jewellery from Daughters of the Ganges. They aim to uplift and empower disadvantaged women across India by creating opportunities for them to earn fair wages and lead dignified lives through financial independence. All products handcrafted by Daughters of the Ganges are sourced from small artisan communities.

    The company provides raw materials and equipment to women who cannot leave their homes to go to work or lack sufficient resources. This wonderful organisation not only supports its artisan creators but also their children, providing them with after-school programs in an effort to provide them with a successful future. Daughters of the Ganges is a partner of CFM Market Linkages, a WFTO certified organisation.

    This range is available to buy in our Edinburgh shop and online.

    Take a look at the full range here: Daughters of the Ganges

  • Vacancy: Retail Manager

    Do you know something about palm oil, or why loose leaf tea is becoming popular again? One World Shop needs an enthusiastic retail manager to join our tiny team. We're not looking for an expert, but we like our staff to be able to keep up with our knowledgeable customers.

    The last few years have seen a lot of change in the way the shop is run and we need someone to direct the retail side of the organisation into the next phase or our plans. Excellent selling skills are a necessity in this role, so bring your A-game.

    Must enjoy coaching a lovely group of volunteers, creating a magical shop interior and drinking fair trade coffee (or tea)!

    If you're looking for a meaningful place to work, with a lovely group of people (even if I do say so myself) send your CV and cover letter to

    Click here to download the Job Description and Specifications (pdf)

    Last date for applications 24th May 2018
    Interviews will be conducted 29th - 31st May 2018

  • WFTO Conference in Delhi

    Back in November our Business Manager, Rachel, took the trip across to Delhi to take part in the WFTO Conference. The WFTO is the largest global network of fair trade organisations in the world. You can read more about what WFTO does on their website.

    Landing at the airport in Delhi on Mon 6th November came as a bit of a shock as it coincided with a thick smog that had enveloped the entire city just a few days earlier. It was caused by a variety of factors including farmers in neighbouring states burning the stubble from their rice fields, the colder weather and the increasing pollution from cars and brick factories. The sun had disappeared behind the haze and breathing in the toxic air amounted to smoking 50 cigarettes a day!

    However, it didn’t hinder things drastically as there was just so much to do and people to meet and we carried on with business as usual like everyone else. I soon met up Jeremy Piercy, founder of Shared Earth, Hazel Dobson Manager of the Gateway World Shop in Durham and Febry Tressor, a young handicraft producer from Bali.

    We spent the next few days together visiting producer organisations that Shared Earth buys from, these included Tara Projects, Bali Mantra, Karm Marg, Aspiration and a jewellery supplier for Asha. Each visit was a fascinating insight into the workings of a fair trade supplier. Vikaz from Tara took us to two jewellery workshops in a crowded slum in the southern part of the city. They were making beaded necklaces and bracelets which we were familiar with from our shops. We received such a warm welcome and had a good chat with the workers there. We also visited a Tara-funded medical centre in the same part of the city that was providing vital care for the local people, treating dengue fever, respiratory problems, diabetes and other ailments.

    After these visits we attended the World Fair Trade Organisation Conference and AGM which was the main reason for my trip. There were 250 delegates from 50 countries attending and I was representing the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. This biannual conference is the world’s most significant gathering of the global Fair Trade movement; it brings together delegates from producer organisations, buying and supplier groups, networks, support organisations and friends of WFTO to discuss important issues on the way forward for Fair Trade. The theme this year focused on the changing market environment and trading your way to sustainable development.

    For me, although the lectures and workshops were stimulating, it was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and new who the One World Shop has traded with for over 30 years. It was a joy to meet Ghuyasuddin from Action Bag in Bangladesh who supply our jute bags, Roopa Mehta from Sasha Handicrafts in Calcutta, Kirin from Gospel House Handicrafts in Sri Lanka who supply wooden toys, Shampa from Silence, Calcutta who supply our wallets and cards and Tomy from Fair Trade Alliance Kerala who supply cashew nuts, and many others. The producer organisations had brought along samples of their new products to the large Craft Market so we could all see a wide variety of exciting items that will hopefully grace our shelves in the coming year courtesy of Traidcaft, Shared Earth and other UK fair trade wholesalers.

    It was also great to meet up with our retail counterparts from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Japan and Europe to share stories. Their organisations are experiencing similar changes and challenges to the market as we are and there were many helpful discussions on how we can improve and stimulate trade. The conference finished with the AGM which lasted all day! Everyone had a chance to contribute and vote on new policies and the strategy going forward. Unfortunately, the smog had not lifted by the time we departed, but at least our hearts were warm and our brains filled with new ideas to take back home with us.

    - Rachel Farey

  • Get your fancy frock on, we're having a party!

    We’re very excited to invite you to the launch party for our new shop at St John’s Cornerstone Centre in the West End of Edinburgh.

    After two years trading at Nicolson Square, we have moved back to the site where One World Shop first started as a small church stall back in 1982. Our beautiful new shop is filled with a mixture of old favourites and some brand new ranges of fairly traded gifts.

    The launch party starts at 10:30am on Saturday 25th November and continues with a more peaceful, tea and cake event on Sunday 26th November. A great opportunity to do a bit of Christmas shopping!

    Songtribe choir will be among the performers, with free refreshments and free gifts to take home too!

    One World Shop, St John’s Cornerstone Centre,
    Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ

    Join the Event on Facebook

    Unfortunately, due to the Cornerstone Centre building works being incomplete, there is only access via the steps from Lothian Road. There is no step free access until the site works are complete. Please let us know if we can help you get to us easier.

    Pop into the shop or get in touch if you'd like some flyers or posters!

  • Preview of the New One World Shop at St John's Church

    You might have heard that we are moving! We've been having a huge sale in the shop and online to try and move some of our stock to make way for a beautiful new range exclusive to the new One World Shop at St John's Church.

    Check out the latest shots of the new shop below

    Click here to view the full sale


    For those of you who are interested, our new shop has been designed by Izon Projects and built by SJS Property Services. Massive thank you to the friends and supporters who have given us loans to pay for this gorgeous new shop which we are sure will look amazing for a long time.

    Our crowdfunder is running until the 9th October, can you help us out with a donation? We have some brilliant perks to thank you for your support.

    Check it out on

    We've still to reach HALF of our target - so why not buy a tote bag or a t-shirt as a Christmas gift if you can!

  • Crowdfunder: Bringing fair trade to the high street


    We're very excited to tell you that our move back to Princes Street is happening and our Crowdfunder launches TODAY!

    The lease is almost signed, and we will get the keys to the newly refurbished retail unit in September, which means we can start finalising the plans for fundraisers, the fit-out and work out when our opening date will be!


    In the meantime, we need your help and support - again, I know! The fundraiser is running for 6 weeks from the 28th August, until the 9th of October. We have some great rewards for you in our new Chuffed Fundraiser Project.

    • 10% Discount off your shopping for an entire year! Works both in the shop and online. T&Cs apply.
    • Hand screen-printed t-shirts, tote bags and hoodies featuring an exclusive design - values close to our core: Fair Trade, Ethical, Organic & Sustainable.
    • Hampers full of our favourite fair trade products, packed up in a fair trade One World Shop jute bag.
    • Christmas Hampers hand gift wrapped and loaded with luxury ethical foods and gifts. A perfect gift for a loved one or to enjoy yourself.

    See more details on

    While our fundraising target is currently sitting at £52,500 - we don't have all the costs in yet. A few of our friends have offered supporter loans which have so far made up the bulk of our fundraising.

    We hope to raise at least £5,000 through Chuffed - so please share with your friends and promote to your local communities!

    Place your pledge now!

    Click here to see sizing charts for t-shirts and hoodies

    images are for illustration purposes only - designs & colours may vary slightly


    Place your pledge now!

  • Chuffed Fundraiser T-Shirts & Hoodie Sizes

    Interested in supporting our Chuffed Fundraiser? Our t-shirts and hoodies come in a range of sizes, so check out the charts below to figure out which one to choose.


    All of the clothing used in our perks are made with organic cotton and carry the Fair Wear label; they're all printed locally by our friends at Interplanetary Print Syndicate.


    Click here to see the printed designs in more detail


    Unisex T-shirt

    Fitted T-shirt


    Tote Bag

    One size should fit all


    Place your pledge now!

  • Crowdfunder Sneak Peek!

    We're excited about these amazing exclusive perks we've designed for our fundraising, are you?

    Our range of clothing and bags are hand printed in Edinburgh and made with organic cotton; they all carry the Fair Wear logo which means they're made in fair trade conditions.

    Starting at £10, you can choose from a range of perks depending on how much you can give. As well as clothing and bags, we have two different hampers - one including our Fair Trade Favourites; and a Luxury Christmas Hamper. We're also offering a Discount Card that can be used in the shop and online for an entire year! Our perks will be delivered from November 2017, so they will be in good time for giving as a Christmas gift.

    Let your friends know about our Crowdfunder which launches on Monday 28th August 2017, please share this page on Facebook!

    Read more about our fundraising

    Our Mega Moving Sale will be starting in September - so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement in our newsletter. If you've not already, sign up below!

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  • Moving Survey Results

    Huge thanks to everyone that took part in our survey recently. Our goal was to find out where our current customers would prefer to shop within Edinburgh; in our current space at Nicolson Square or in the newly refurbished retail unit at the same site as our old shop in St John's Church at the West End of Princes Street.

    We collected responses from customers on our mailing list and people in our shop so we could get a good view from fans that visit less frequently as well as the faces we see every few weeks.

    You can have a look at the collated data below. Comments made on surveys have not been displayed but we have read them all and love how positive and wonderful you all are!

    If you prefer, you can click on the image to open it full size in a new tab/window.

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    The responses here are supporting a move back to St John's a lot more than Nicolson Square. Most comments on this were relating to how it is much more convenient for people to travel to by bus, or on their usual route already.



    The results found have had a big impact on our decisions surrounding the move back to St John's Church. Read more about our plans on our blog, or sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the next stages.

  • Exciting relocation news

    At our AGM in June, we confirmed the exciting news that the shop will be moving back to our previous location at St John’s Church at the west end of Edinburgh after the summer. Our lease at Nicolson Square comes to an end at the end of September and we won’t be renewing it. Over the next few months we will be focused on designing and fitting out a brand-new shop at the newly refurbished premises at St John’s and we plan to open at in October.

    We have loved being at Nicolson Square, our new customers and our hosts at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church have been wonderful. Reluctantly we have come to the decision that we just do not have the resources to run two shops so moving is our best option. Our recent survey confirmed that the west end location is more accessible and popular for most of our customers and footfall is much higher.

    Moving again so soon will, of course, mean a big upheaval. We will having a large sale of stock and fittings, we will be raising funds to help pay for the new fit-out and we will be calling on all our friends and helpers once again to help with packing up. We hope you will bear with us through this time of change, we will be sending regular updates and keep you informed every step of the way of our exciting new journey.

    Our Crowdfunder will launch on Monday 28th August! Sign up to our newsletter, or join the event on Facebook to find out more.


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