Fair Trade Fortnight

  • 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!

  • Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

    Fairtrade Fortnight starts on Monday 27th February and runs until Sunday 12th March. As usual there will be lots of events going on, and we will be part of the tour hosting some of our fair trade producers.


    • Come to the shop in the evening of Wednesday 1st March to meet Bijumon Kurian. His efforts focus on issues including organic and Fair Trade, and empowering women in the agriculture sector. In addition to helping support farmers in Kerala and the surrounding area, Bijumon has also worked on increasing the visibility of Asian producers in the wider global market. In his role as board member of the Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers (NAPP), he helps to coordinate the participation of Asian producers in relevant trade fairs and business opportunities.

      We will be hosting a short talk and Q&A session in our shop (25 Nicolson Square) from 6pm (talk starts at 6:30pm). The event is free and open to all.


    • On Saturday 4th March we're looking forward to meeting Victoria and Linda who work for Kuapa Kokoo - the producers of the famous Divine Chocolate!

      We want you to bring along your best FAIR TRADE CAKE to be judged at our fair trade Bake Off by Victoria and Linda. You can make any kind of cake as long as it has at least one fair trade ingredient.

      Cakes can be dropped off on Friday (10am - 5pm) or Saturday before 10-10:30am.

      The winner of the Bake Off will receive a Divine Chocolate goodie bag including some of the top flavours and their new Tasting Set!

      Divine Chocolate

  • Fairtrade Fortnight for Schools


    Fairtrade Fortnight: 27th February - 12th March 2017

    It's time to show your school's support for the farmers and producers who grow our food in developing countries during Fairtrade Fortnight.

    How to get involved

    1. Plan your event

    Drink a cup of fairtrade teaWhat about a Big Brew or a Bake Off? If you want to keep it simple, you could just swap the tea and coffee in your breakroom for a Fairtrade variety and start some conversations about it.

    Running a regular Tuckshop on campus is a great way to raise awareness about the products that are available; and what a difference it makes to the producers when more people buy them.

    Check out the Fairtrade Foundation for a free Event Pack for Schools with lots of fun ideas, free posters and stickers.

    2. Order stock

    We can provide lots of fun craft items such as bamboo flutes, friendship bracelets and bright painted fans on Sale or Return. You just pay for what you've sold.

    We also have lots of food for you to sell* - Divine Chocolate, Oh So Scrummy Flapjacks and new Ponchito Surprise Eggs from Italy which are basically Fairtrade kinder eggs!

    Take a look at the order forms below, and send us your requests. Once we have your goods packed up, they can be collected from our shop in Nicolson Square or we can arrange postal delivery. Alternatively, complete our questionnaire and let us choose the goods for you!

    Read more about running a Tuckshop on our website: http://www.oneworldshop.co.uk/get-involved/schools/

    *Food items are no longer available on Sale or Return, but we do allow 30 days for payment.

    Click the link to download forms from Google Drive.

    Having problems? Give us a call on 0131 667 8323 or send us a message.

  • New KoolSkools Factory Visit

    Belle has been volunteering with One World Shop since last year. Like many other students, she went travelling for the summer and met up with our friend Pamela in Mauritius. Pamela visited us during Fair Trade Fortnight 2016, and spoke about how fair trade has changed her life. Since then, there have been a few changes in her work and she is now in a different (but still Fairtrade certified) workshop. Belle wrote about her experiences during her visit.

    Continue reading

  • It's Fairtrade Fortnight 2016!

    Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand Up for Farmers

    This year highlights the fact that before we've even finished our breakfast, we've depended on so many people all around the world. Those oranges don't squeeze themselves you know!

    Make your breakfast count!

    Lots of people are organising their own big fair trade breakfast events, some people are just making a change to fairtrade coffee for their morning cuppa - and then there are others who are going full out for a fair trade feast!

    Click here to have a look at what you can buy from us to serve at your fair trade breakfast.

    Fairtrade School Uniform Event

    We've already had our first Fairtrade Fortnight event at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church with lots of schools from around Scotland who have bought (or thinking of buying) Fairtrade uniforms for their school from KoolSkools. These brilliant jumpers and polo shirts are not only made from fair trade cotton, they're also made in a fair trade factory - so the whole manufacturing line is fair, which believe it or not doesn't always happen! The uniforms are really hard wearing and come in loads of different colours too. Come speak to us or contact KoolSkools directly if you're interested in getting your school to wear Fairtrade every day!

    Pamela L'Intellegent was speaking at the event too - you might remember her from some of the events last year's Fairtrade Fortnight. She works in the factory in Mauritius where the KoolSkools uniforms are made and was speaking briefly about that the schools that choose Fairtrade uniforms are saving lives, not only of people in her factory but the cotton farmers' lives and their children's lives too.


    Fairtrade Fortnight events coming up...

    Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival - Saturday 5th March at Southside Community CentreFairtrade Festival at Southside Community Centre

    A free one-day family friendly Festival event with stalls, free drinks and refreshments, storytelling, the Edinburgh Contemporary Choir and lots more!

    Tania Pintado, a young plantain farmer from Ecuador, has been invited to speak and give a presentation on the challenges her community faces and how Fairtrade has made a vital difference to their lives.

    The Lord Provost and Malcolm Brown from Scotmid will also be speaking and urging everyone to learn more and get involved in bringing about changes to unfair trading practices.

    All welcome. The festival will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday 5 March.

    Fair Trade Breakfast in Balerno

    Get ready for the big Fairtrade Breakfast Challenge in Balerno! The Balerno Fairtrade Village Group want as many people as possible to take part in the challenge during Fairtrade Fortnight, whether they're eating breakfast at home or stopping off at Vanilla Pod, the kiosk by Harlaw Visitor Centre, in the Pentlands, or meeting a friend for brunch in the Mill Cafe.

    Also on Saturday 5th March, in the Parish Church Hall, from 10 - 12 noon, there will be a late breakfast, with  fair trade drinks and home-baking and stalls selling fairly traded products, activities for children, a presentation of prizes to pupils from Dean Park and more.

    To keep in touch, see the Balerno Fairtrade Village Facebook(external link) page.

    Beyond the Beans

    FT14 Beyond the beansAs part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we are hosting a special guest from Colombia, Luz Marina Garcia Ruiz, a coffee certification manager at Asprocafe Coffee Co-operative,

    Come to our Beyond the Beans event on Monday 7th March from 6pm to hear her speak about her work and the real story of how Fairtrade works on the ground. Asprocafe works with 1500 coffee farmers, 25% of whom are women.

    Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and refreshments. Click here to see the Facebook Event

    Fairtrade on your Doorstep - from local to global

    An open event for students and young people on Wednesday 9th March, between 5.30 and 7pm, at the One World Shop - 25 Nicolson Square. Hear from student societies about their experiences of fair trade.

    Come along and find out how you can get more involved in fair trade. Enjoy free refreshments and organic chocolate tasting from Equal Exchange.

    Let us know you're coming by responding to the Facebook Event

  • Schools celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight

    It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!
    29th Feb – 13th March 2016

    Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!

    As Martin Luther King famously said, "Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you've depended on more than half the world". Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.

    Here at our new shop location, we’re getting really excited about all the activities coming up for Fairtrade Fortnight this year. The theme highlights our dependence on farmers and workers across the world and why it’s high time they were treated with respect and fairness.

    We’re delighted to let you know what we’re offering schools and nurseries this year and share some of our ideas on what you can do in your school to make this Fairtrade Fortnight really successful.

    What do you put on your toast in the morning??

     Jam Bananas Honey


    St Thomas Aquinas School Tuckshop

    • Run a stall or a tuckshop over a whole day or for a full week and get each class to visit it in turn. Choose from our wide range of affordable pocket money crafts and foods. Tell parents in advance what you are planning.
    • Parents evening stall: Arrange for pupils to run a Fairtrade stall to visitors, tell parents in advance. Choose items from our range of products.
    • Run a Fairtrade Breakfast for pupils and teachers – we can provide muesli, tea, coffee, juices, health bars, marmalade and jams.
    • Book a Fair Trade speaker – contact us for a date and time, we provide a range of presentations to suit your age group.
    • Make a collage on the theme of a Fair Trade Breakfast – ask all pupils to bring in fairtrade wrappers and create your beautiful collage.
    • Visit our shop: Bring a group of pupils along to the shop, we can show pupils round, give talks on the background of the products and how Fair Trade works in practice and arrange refreshments in The Well Café on site. Parking is available just next door to the shop.

    Don’t miss out! Get in touch soon to arrange a stall, talk or a visit, we’d love to hear from you!

      Click here to go to the Schools page

    Or send a message to us now

      Contact One World Shop

    You can download the order forms from the cloud! Click below to see the folder and get the files that you need.

    View & Download School Order Forms

  • Inspiring alternatives - Reflections on Fair Trade fortnight


    Now that Fairtrade Fortnight is over, it is good to reflect on the event and recall what we heard and learnt from our visiting producers.

    It was Pamela, our seamstress from Craft Aid Mauritius, who had never travelled out of her country or spoken in public before who inspired and uplifted everyone, everywhere she went. Pamela spoke movingly at our Fair Trade Festival in Summerhall of the hardship she endured working in a textile factory in Mauritius where she started at 14 years of age. She had to work seven days a week, starting at 7am and working until she finished her quota of 1,000 Tee shirts or other garments, sometimes finishing at 11pm. She did not get Christmas Day off.  Due to the long hours she had little time to care for her baby daughter or husband so her marriage broke down and her husband asked her for a divorce, “this moment destroyed my life”. She vowed never to work in textiles again but a friend encouraged her to come to an interview at Craft Aid, the Fair Trade organisation. She was surprised to see workers wearing masks and uniforms and there were no children working there. She got the job and enjoys working only five days a week, having a lunch break and being in a “place of safety”. “I want to go to work, it’s like a family”, she says, breaking out into a warm smile,  “please remember, that behind every garment you buy, there is a human story, many human stories, like mine”.

    Summerhall Gabriel, Pamela, Baillie Melanie Main and Andy From Kool Schools
    Leith Primary Andy from Kool Schools with Gabriel, Pamela, Lily, Bruna and Mairi from Leith Primary School and Dawn Maloney

    Gabriel Kamudu, the Managing Director of Craft Aid also joined us in Edinburgh and told us how and why he started up the company. It started in 1982 when he was 24 years old; he was a Christian and wanted to put his faith into practice. “I wanted to train up and give work to disabled people and bring abled and disabled people to work together. I started with five people”. Many disabled children in Mauritius are hidden or beaten and have no prospects of work when they grow up. Now Craftaid is a thriving company and over 30% of the workforce is disabled.

    Pamela Pamela shares her experiences with St Thomas Aquins Pupils

    Craft Aid supplies sugar, cards and clothing to Traidcraft, the Body Shop and many other companies in the UK as well as the One World Shop. They also supply Fair Trade cotton school uniforms to Koolskools , an ethical clothing company based in Southampton. Andy Ashcroft from Koolskools accompanied Gabriel and Pamela to their talks to schools, churches, shops, council buildings and to their final presentation at the Scottish Parliament.

  • It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!


    Rachel Farey reports:

    It’s already been an exciting start to Fairtrade Fortnight at the One World Shop. On Saturday I met up with the wonderfully engaging Pamela L’Intelligent, a seamstress from Craft Aid Mauritius who arrived in Edinburgh for the start of her whistle-stop tour around Scotland. Pamela makes school uniforms and will be visiting schools, faith groups and campaigning groups as a guest of Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Edinburgh Fairtrade City Group to talk about her experiences working in a factory as a child and how they would be hidden in baskets when the inspectors visited and explain just how working for a Fair Trade organisation has changed her life around.

    Pamela at work Pamela at work

    Craft Aid also provides the wide range of sugar we sell at the shop and deliver to our business customers; demerara, raw cane, muscovado and caster sugar. Pamela and Gabriel Kumudu, the Director of Craftaid, will be speaking at the One World Shop for our event “Sugar! Sugar!” on Sunday 1st March at 2.30pm, so do come along and enjoy some tea and cake and listen to their extraordinary journey.

    IMG_1700 Pamela and Rachel with the Edinburgh skyline pictured from the Botanic Gardens

    This week I will be travelling about giving lots of talks on Fair Trade to schools and other groups and delivering lots of stalls to churches and schools in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Please contact us if you would like to run your own Fair Trade stall either during Fairtrade Fortnight or any other time.

    On Saturday 28th Feb we will be running a stall at the Fair Trade Festival event at the Main Hall in Summerhall in Edinburgh, a family-friendly event with free refreshments, storytelling, stalls, music from Edinburgh Contemporary Choir, do come along.


    Sugar! Sugar!
    Free event at the One World Shop
    St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh
    Sunday 1 March at 2.30pm

    Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival
    Summerhall, EH9 1QH
    Saturday 28 February, 10.30 – 2.30
    The Festival brings together Fair Trade stalls, speakers, delicious free refreshments from Nutmeg Bakehouse, music, storytelling and special guests Gabriel Kamudu and Pamela L'Intelligent from Mauritius. The event is free, for all ages and will also host singers from Edinburgh Contemporary Choir and have the accomplished Kenyan Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies enchanting attendees with her wonderful tales.

    Find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd Feb – 8th March)

  • One World Shop and Fair Trade in Schools

    One of the best things for us about Fairtrade Fortnight is that we have many more opportunities to work with lots of great schools, teachers and pupils. Some are now long term friends and allies as we work with them on a regular basis; we never fail to be amazed at how much they manage to achieve.

    As part of Fairtrade Fortnight many schools host special events and stalls, selling a variety of Fair Trade goods from the One World Shop to their fellow pupils.  The products they sell include snacks, juices, cola and chocolate bars as well as a fun selection of gifts, toys, musical instruments and jewellery, mostly under £2 so easily affordable to all.

    Many schools also participate in the Fair Trade Schools Awards, set up by the Fairtrade Foundation. Pupils are encouraged to get involved on a deeper level and take action. A Fair Trade Steering Group has to be set up within the school to arrange events, take challenges, run assemblies and many other activities. Some of the things that they do are:

    • Stalls
    • Shop visits
    • Projects
    • Creating Action Plans and Audits

    On 28th February 2015, the Fairtrade Steering Group  of Clyde Valley High School will celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of the Fairtrade Stall selling products provided by the One World Shop.  The stall has been open every day  and products on sale include sweets, drinks and bracelets. Their teacher, Anushi Pathmanathan, tells us more:

    "The members of the Fairtrade Steering Group man the stall and carry out the same duties as any confectionery business- monitoring stock levels, date checking and replenishment. Responsibility also lies with them to make decisions on selling new products. Opening of the stall has been extended in recent months to Parents' Evenings and concerts and has now become a permanent feature of these whole school events.

    "In November 2014, the group visited the 'One World Shop' in Edinburgh where they learned more about the plight of farmers in third world countries and the importance of supporting the Fairtrade cause. As a reward for the group's collective efforts in running the stall, a visit to the ice-rink in Princes Street was also organised as part of the day.

    "One World Shop recently issued a certificate in recognition of the huge sales that the Clyde Valley High School Fairtrade Stall has managed to generate. £2245.37 was raised in 2014 and as of today's date that figure has increased to £2806.97."

    Certificate of Appreciation

    The pupils tell us why they are so keen to be involved.

    “I am part of our Fairtrade group because I think it is a worthwhile project. It really helps those farmers and manufacturers in foreign countries who wouldn't normally get paid the right amount for their work. Our school runs a Fair trade Tuck Shop which is very rewarding. We sell sweets and drinks which we buy in from the One World Shop in Edinburgh. There are about 16 of us in the Fairtrade Steering Group on a rotating shift.” Zac, pupil

    One pupil Leah has really played her part; “I am in the Fairtrade Group because it is a very worthy cause to which we should all contribute. I have tried to encourage as many people as possible to think about Fair Trade.  I have done many presentations to staff and pupils especially during Fairtrade Fortnight.”

    The pupils have told us that they really enjoy making a difference;

    “I am involved in Fairtrade as it is an important organisation that is beneficial to underprivileged people and workers. I hope the work we do goes some way to improving their lives.” Caitlin

     "I hope we have helped people to think twice when they buy products in the supermarket. I hope they try to support the Fairtrade cause." Amy

    We are so impressed and proud of these young people and their hard work and commitment!  If you would like to find out more about Fair Trade in your school or staff room, please contact us at Rachel@oneworldshop.co.uk or phone us on 0131 229 4541

  • Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival

    This year's annual Fair Trade Fortnight Festival organised by The Edinburgh Fairtrade City Group will be on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Summerhall. Continue reading

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