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  • 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.

  • Christmas Stalls Preview

    Our annual Christmas preview is coming up next week. This is a great opportunity for all stall holders - both regular and occasional, to come and see what new delights have arrived for Christmas 2016.

    The Fair Trade Christmas Preview will be held in the shop at Nicolson Square on

    Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October 2016

    The shop is open from 10am - 5:30pm and you can drop in any time. Please get in touch if you want to see the preview outside of these times and we will do our best to accommodate you.

    Giftwrap from NepalMost of our stock is available to take on Sale or Return so if you want to try out a few new things this year then why not give it a go? Sale or return is a very low risk way to raise some funds for your organisation because you don't pay us until after your event and you can keep 5% of the sales you make.

    If you want to run a stall but can't make it along to the shop, we will be sending out a Christmas catalogue and price list just after the event. If you want to receive a copy and you're not already on the list (you'll have received an invite by email if you are) then please contact Lorna to request one.

    Please tell us about your stall as early as possible so we can order in enough stock for everyone!

    If you're in the Glasgow area, we will be making a few stall runs in the car so tell us now if you would like to benefit from free delivery - this service is first come first served!

    Download Forms

    Right click link and "Save Link As" to save to your computer.

    Stock List (xlsx)
    Catalogue (pdf)

    If you have problems with these file types and need an alternative, or a posted copy, please contact Lorna (see below).

    Contact Info

    Telephone shop/office: 0131 667 8323

    Email Lorna: lorna@oneworldshop.co.uk
    Email Rachel: rachel@oneworldshop.co.uk
    Email Cam: camilla@oneworldshop.co.uk

  • Stitch 'em up

    Football is the most popular sport in the world, and with 3.5 billion fans you can just imagine how many footballs there are in the world.

    Sialkot, Pakistan is the world capital of football production with up to 60 million hand-stitched balls being exported every year. The balls are mostly produced for companies like Adidas and the Champions League by workers who typically work eight hours a day, six days a week, taking home an average of 10,000 rupees per month (or £112). Shockingly, this monthly wage is less than the retail price of some of the footballs they produce.

    Kazim/ Pakistan/ Sialkot/ Fu§ballproduktionThis is generally considered a ‘good’ wage compared to the national average, but it doesn’t take into account working conditions and fair treatment of employees. The printing and synthetic leather production requires glues and solvents and many producers don’t have the proper health & safety protection in place.

    Bala Sport is a co-operative dedicated to expanding the availability and use of ethically produced Fairtrade sports balls. The benefits of producing a Fairtrade product go far beyond receiving a fair wage - the Fairtrade Premium is paid to the community for social, economic and environmental development projects like free healthcare and education for workers, their families and the wider community.

    Buy Fairtrade Footballs online


    All Bala Sport employees are well looked after - receiving free eye tests and subsidised glasses, the workers children have been given backpacks for school and water purification plants in the factories, which can be used by anyone in the local area. There are also special busses which allow for female and male employees to travel separately, providing free and safe transport to and from work for all.

    Euros_flag_ballThey recently supported the Homeless World Cup 2016 being the official partner and produced a limited edition ball for the event– the Bala Astro. They also produced a special Euros ball to celebrate the UEFA Championship – who unfortunately did not decide to use Fairtrade footballs for the league!

    Bala's balls are made to the same standard that FIFA use and they're now starting to branch out into other balls like rugby balls.

    Bala offer custom designs and a range of footballs to suit different conditions and budgets which makes them ideal for community groups and schools. One World Shop currently sells a range of Fairtrade footballs, available both in the shop and online. We are urging all local schools in Central Scotland to buy Fairtrade footballs in the new term. If you’d like to bring your team of fans to the shop to see them, or arrange for our speaker Rachel to visit your school to show off the Bala Footballs get in touch!

    Buy Fairtrade Footballs online


    photos provided by Bala Sport

  • 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

  • Fairtrade Schools Packs

    One of our goals at One World Shop is to create a whole world full of Global Citizens who will stand up and say NO to human rights violations!

    Maybe the entire world is a bit ambitious, so starting with primary schools around Edinburgh, we're promoting our new Tuck into Fairtrade campaign with a free goodie box of samples from One World Shop. The goodie box includes some of our best sellers and ideas on how to run a tuckshop or stall, and most importantly, why schools need to get involved.

    Are you part of a school community looking to become involved in fair trade? We can provide goods for a stall or tuckshop, tea & coffee for the staff room and can arrange a workshop or shop visit. Get in touch to discuss how we can help you! (Click the envelope above to contact us.)

    Have a look at our new Tuck into Fairtrade mini-site for more information: www.fairtradetuckshops.co.uk

  • 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

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