Our shop is now closed to the public and all staff are working from home as much as possible. As such, your order may take longer to arrive than usual. Please have patience but if you think there is a problem, get in touch by email or use the contact form.
Click & Collect orders will be delivered - the shop is inaccessible at the moment.

One World Blog

  • The time has come for us to close to the public

    However, we will reopen - this isn't the end!

    As of this morning, the shop will be closed, but we have some good news:

    Orders can still be placed online for now, and I will be travelling to the shop once or twice a week to process and send them out to you. 

    If you live locally (within "The City of Edinburgh") we're happy to deliver orders to you by car. Email your order with your address and a contact number, and we'll be in touch to sort payment and a delivery date. Alternatively, if you place your order online under Click & Collect, we will be in touch to drop it off to you.

    As we won't be in the shop most of the time, please avoid calling us and use email instead. Use info@oneworldshop.co.uk or just hit reply on this newsletter.

    You can email your phone number and we can call you back if you prefer to discuss by phone.

    For urgent enquiries, please call Rachel on 07715486676

    We will be running a sale on a big chunk of our food and drink products. We don't want them to go to waste! I'll send out details of this in the next few days once it's up and running.

    If you want to support us without spending money, you can leave us a review on our Google Business page.

    This helps our ratings, and increases our chance of finding new customers. It only takes 2 minutes, and you can even just leave a five star rating if you don't have anything nice to say about us!

    If you've taken photos of your purchases or the shop itself, we'd love to see them - you can upload them to the business page while you're there.

    Thanks for all that you all do for fair trade! We couldn't do this without you.
    Hopefully, we'll see you back in the shop soon!
    - Lorna, Rachel, Moira, Sue, Claire, Kavita, Chris & all the volunteers xx
  • How Covid-19 is affecting One World Shop

    Dear friends and customers!

    Like many other small businesses, we are staying open for the moment, but taking extra care to keep our staff, volunteers and customers clean and safe.

    Cleaning in our shop has intensified with particular care taken at our till area, card machine and door handles at frequent intervals throughout the day. Our staff and volunteers are required to wash their hands regularly and will not come into work if experiencing any symptoms at all.

    We are preparing ourselves for a quiet time and we understand it's unavoidable but we plan to keep stocked up with all our regular items.

    Please note, if you can’t come into the shop, you can get anything we stock delivered directly to your home. If it's not on our website, just email or give us a call on 0131 229 4541 and we can arrange it. Don't come in if you don't have to!

    We still want you to celebrate Easter! Why not plan ahead and order your Easter eggs in now and we’ll post them out to you? Just check our Easter page on our website, choose your eggs and purchase them or give us a call and pay over the phone.

    - Lorna, Rachel & all the staff at One World Shop

  • Little Sun Solar Lamp Offer

    As part of our strategic product development plan, we're excited to be bringing a new product to One World Shop. The Little Sun solar lamp is not just a great product, it does something extra special too.

    The Little Sun is a solar powered, lightweight lamp that can be hung up or worn on a lanyard, and creates a dimmable light that is bright enough to read or use for working in the dark.

    When you purchase a Little Sun solar lamp, another one is made available at a locally affordable price to someone who very much needs it. Mainly in sub-saharan Africa, local entrepreneurs are given work to help distribute the lamps and help bring the power of the sun to everyone.

    This simple, easy to use device is great for all ages - there's only one button to operate. It makes a great nightlight for kids, perfect for camping or in the garden. The Little Sun only takes 5 hours to charge, just leave it in the window with the panel on show!

    The Little Sun Solar Lamp will be available to buy from One World Shop in the run up to Christmas 2019. In the meantime, if you'd like to register your interest to preorder, or find out more, please fill out your details on this page:


    By registering to preorder, you save £5 off the full price of £30. No payment is required until we have ordered the Little Sun solar lamps, we will let you know when that is after you've signed up! We think these will be extremely popular for Christmas - so preorder to avoid disappointment.

  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

    We take these two weeks every year to run events, encourage schools, churches and organisations to do something to promote both Fairtrade and "fairly traded" goods. But what does that all mean?

    Fairtrade is the waving person logo that appears on many products that you'll see on biscuits, coffee, t-shirts - it's the Official Mark that is used to (unofficially) say "This product has been created in a sustainable way that has provided the person or group that made it with a fair wage, and safe working conditions. They have also received a financial premium that gives them the opportunity to decide how to improve their community."

    They work directly with farmers, co-operatives and producer groups, but also lobby governments and work with existing organisations to improve their own products to be more fair.

    Fairtrade Fortnight is a great opportunity to talk about how Fairtrade really makes a difference to people's lives, and we usually get to meet some of the farmers and producers too!

    Our friends at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum will be bringing a special guest along to our shop for a small event, which everyone is invited to.

    Aimable Nshimiye, a Rwandan coffee farmer from Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi co-operative, will be visiting Edinburgh on Tuesday 5th March from 6-8pm.

    Please join us in One World Shop to meet Aimable for a Q&A and free refreshments.

    Click here to see more details on the Facebook Event page

    Other Events

    Put on your own event

    If you'd like to run your own fair trade event, whether in your organisation or even just a pop-up shop in your home, get in touch. We have a huge range of goods available on Sale or Return or discounted for resale.

    Give us a call, email or pop into the shop to talk to us about how we can work together to promote fair trade!

  • A very Merry Christmas

    What a year we have had!

    On behalf of the staff, the volunteers and the management committee - thank you for your incredible support this year, and in turn what you've enabled us to do for the brilliant artisans, farmers and producers that make our products.

    We're already getting ready for the next few months, Veganuary, Fairtrade Fortnight and eventually Easter; and we have a special announcement to make so watch this space.

    The office will be closed from Christmas Eve - 3rd of January, but not back to full staffing until the 14th of January.

    Please have a peaceful and lovely fairtrade Christmas, and we'll see you all in the New Year

    Lorna, Rachel, and Emily

  • Christmas Late Night Shopping

    With Christmas coming up, we are planning some late night openings in November & December. Thursdays 29/11, 6/12, 10/12 and 20/12

    Help #SaveTheFuture by choosing to shop at independent, ethical retailers this Christmas and we're staying open until at least 7pm every Thursday starting from 29th November until the big day to make that a bit easier for you.

    > Choose something good from our range of Fair Trade, Organic, Handmade, Vegan, Sustainable and Recycled gifts. If you need help, our knowledgeable staff are more than happy to answer any questions or help you find the perfect present!

    > We always offer a 10% discount to students and Edinburgh University staff, just bring your ID card.

    > Complimentary hot drinks (mulled wine/coffee/tea) and snacks will be served on all of our late openings, with extra promotions available during this time too!

    Please share and invite your friends  https://www.facebook.com/events/319832288797287/

    Christmas in One World Shop

  • Celebrate our First Birthday at St John's


    Another first birthday! We've been back at St John's Church in their new Cornerstone Centre for just over a year now and we would love to invite you to the shop to celebrate with us.

    Saturday 1st December 2018
    All day!

    Free refreshments including mulled wine and an array of our favourite fair trade snacks (and cake!). There will also be some surprise discounts and special offers.

    Please RSVP to, and share, our Facebook event if you can: https://www.facebook.com/events/263415064320678/


    Launch Party

    Take a look at some photos from our launch party last year, the shop was packed!

  • 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 info@oneworldshop.co.uk

    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

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