One World Blog

  • Chairperson and Board Members Recruitment

    We are seeking to appoint a voluntary Chairperson to lead the Board of Trustees, as well as up to two more Board Members.

    The role of the Chairperson is to:

    • Work with the Business Manager and Trustees to lead the organisation, including setting goals and implementing the strategic plan
    • Set the agenda and chair Board meetings and the AGM
    • Represent the One World Shop at events and appropriate meetings.

    Applicants for the role of Chairperson must have experience in charity governance and management, strong interpersonal and communication skills as well as the time and commitment to support the One World Shop.

    For additional voluntary Board members, we are particularly looking at people with skills and experience in any of the following:

    • Social enterprises
    • Retail management
    • Business management
    • Finance
    • Sales
    • Human Resources

    Board members are encouraged to offer ad-hoc support for the Business Manager in specific areas of expertise and be available for some project based work every 2 months.

    Board meetings are held every two months in the evening in central Edinburgh.

    If you are interested in joining us as either the Chairperson or a Board member, please email a CV and covering letter outlining what skills you could bring and your motivation to Rachel Farey, Business Manager

  • African Connections - 30th November

    One World Shop celebrates Scottish-African partnerships

    Join us at One World Shop to hear about how Scotland's links with Africa are helping groups of producers and their communities, and women & children in Uganda, Malawi and South Africa.

    Our culinary introduction to the night includes wonderful vegetable curry, with sauce from Swaziland, served with rice from Malawi.

    Several groups are joining us to talk about the work they do in Africa, how it helps and what you can do to increase their support.

    The LifeStitches Uganda
    project empowers HIV/AIDS women with children in Arua, Uganda to become financially self sufficient through the sale of beautiful cotton table products which the women stitch in a sewing workshop business. They also have an AIDS Orphan School Program, Bike Repair Shops and Ride to Own Bike Programs.
    The Scotland Malawi Partnership is a membership based NGO which exists to inspire the people and organisation of Scotland to be involved with Malawi in an effective way that benefits both nations. Their projects build connections and collaboration, creating partnerships and joint working.
    Kilombero Rice from Malawi
    JTS - Just Trading Scotland is a fair trade organisation that One World Shop have been working with for a long time. They are the first organisation to bring fair trade and organic coconut milk into the UK and are now pushing for fair trade Kilombero rice to be sold in many more shops, specifically The Co-op, to help the farmers in Karonga, Malawi.
    BE United is an international culture and development organisation focusing on sports, arts and creative industries. Their work is designed to improve life chances of young people across cultures and thereby contribute in the promotion of social justice. They inspire and create opportunities by promoting cross-cultural connections between both Scotland and Africa.

    Event Details

    Location: One World Shop, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
    Date: Wednesday 30th November 2016
    Start time: 6pm - talks will start from around 6:30pm.
    Free & Unticketed
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  • First Birthday Party

    Can you believe we moved to Nicolson Square a year ago!?

    So much has happened in the last year. Not only have we had big changes to our team, with Sue and John both leaving and Camilla joining us; we've had some amazing visitors from around the world and met so many new customers (hello students!).

    To celebrate our First Birthday of our shop underneath the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, we are hosting a big celebration weekend and you're all invited!

    Please join us on Saturday 26th November from 11am for entertainment, cake, refreshments and games in the shop at 25 Nicolson Square.

    As a thank you to our loyal customers, we are offering 10% off over the weekend of the 26th and 27th November if you bring in one of our birthday invitations that can be picked up from the shop or print your own discount voucher.

    Join the Event on Facebook

    We'd like to thank every single person who supported us during the move, financially and physically - you are all A M A Z I N G!


  • Danusha Nepal Evening

    Getting back to our regular event schedule, we're hosting the brilliant women from Danusha in the shop on Tuesday 15th November to talk about women's empowerment in rural communities.

    Danusha is BAFTS registered, social enterprise working in partnership with Nepal Leprosy Trust. It began in 2009 and was established as a business in 2012 by Sue Lavender, Allison Davies and Katy Barr.

    They source gorgeous contemporary, beaded jewellery inspired by the colours and traditions of Nepal. All of the raw materials are sourced locally and they provide employment for people in rural Nepal. Their earrings, necklaces, and bracelets are sold across several outlets in the UK, including One World Shop.


    Come to this free event at the shop at 25 Nicolson Square from 6:30pm to hear about their work with Nepal Leprosy Trust and the women who make the jewellery.

    Rachel will also be talking about her visit to Nepal in 2013, where she also visited Nepal Leprosy Trust to source our leather and fabric bags, wallets and purses.

    We will have food from Punjabi Junction, a delicious little social enterprise community cafe run by women from Sikh Sanjog.



  • 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:
    Email Rachel:
    Email Cam:

  • Fairtrade on your Doorstep 2016

    You are invited to an evening of discussion, networking and chocolate tasting!

    Edinburgh is a hub for fair trade, alternative living, eco-consumerism and campaigning for social justice, but a lot of this is sadly unknown to so many people. We want to change that.

    Don't miss out on this great opportunity to come together with some of the best local ethical organisations and some of the most passionate students, to share perspectives on ethical living and discuss how this can be achieved together.

    Thursday 6th October / 6-8pmThere will be free hot drinks and cake, along with a chocolate tasting of Equal Exchange chocolate.

    No direct participation is required - feel free to just turn up with or without your friends and hear about what Edinburgh has to offer!

    Get in touch for more info:
    0131 667 8323


    This is a free, student focused event, however everyone is welcome to join us.

  • Event: Worlds Away - Photo Exhibition

    As part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival, One World Shop presents Worlds Away - a photographic exhibition of fair trade food and craft producers, who supply, grown and make the products we buy.

    Event Details

    The exhibition will be held in the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church and The Well Café - where One World Shop is situated.

    Worlds Away is open to the public everyday from 30th September - 23rd October, 9am - 3pm.

    If you would like to arrange a special or group viewing outside of these times, please contact us.


    29th September at 6pm in The Well Café with special guest speakers from Kuapa Kokoo, Ghana. All Welcome.


  • 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.

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  • 10 Awesome Fair Trade Gifts under £10

    Many people seem to think that buying fair trade means spending more. We have a huge range of gifts that won't break the bank - here are a few of our favourites!

    1. Recycled Bike Chain Hooks - £8

      Perfect for that friend that is always losing their keys. Easily fixed to the wall and made from recycled bike parts so it's environmentally friendly as well as useful.

    2. Ceramic Flower Dish - £3.95

      These dishes are incredibly handy to have around. Great for nibbles, dips, keys, candles, paperclips, water bowl for a tiny creature... the possibilities are endless; and they will brighten up any space you use them in.

    3. Indigo Cotton Notebook - £4

      Neat enough to fit in even small handbags and made from leather-look recycled cotton. Why not start this notebook off with a special message before you gift it?

    4. Fox Coin Pouch - £4.50

      Cute and simple gift for any age. Hand-painted using AZO-free and PCP-free dyes.

    5. 'Life' Whipped Body Balm - £8

      Beautifully light and uplifting balm made with shea butter from Ghana. Great for stress-heads!

    6. Tortoise 1-5 Jigsaw - £7

      When it comes to counting, this wooden tortoise jigsaw will have any child coming out of their shell in no time.

    7. Raw Organic Coconut Goodness - £9.99

      This stuff is amazing! A delicious treat for all as it's suitable for raw, low-carb, wheat and gluten-free diets; as well as being vegan. Spread it on toast, add to smoothies, ice cream, or savoury dishes like curry to add a yummy, creamy flavour.

    8. Fluffy Recycled Socks - £7

      These soft and fluffy socks will keep your toes warm and the earth happy - because they used to be plastic bottles!

    9. Silver Heart Pendant - £9.50

      Show your sweetheart how much you love them with a cute silver heart pendant. Handmade by skilled artisans in Indonesia.

    10. Recycled Wine Glass - £4

      Enjoy your glass of wine even more knowing you're supporting artisans in Bolivia. All of our glasses are made from recycled glass making them more environmentally friendly.

  • Edinburgh Contemporary Choir Team Building Night

    A few weeks ago we had a wee team building event in the shop, partially to to introduce our new manager, Camilla, to some of our volunteers, and also - we thought it would be a fun activity for our hard working staff and volunteers to get stuck into. The different age groups and abilities slightly limited what activity the team building event could be, but we found something that all of us could do, something that wasn't too strenuous - but still great fun.

    The Edinburgh Contemporary Choir sang at some fair trade events that we have been at over the years so we have known them for a while. They have recently started doing team-building events and workplace choirs under their umbrella organisation - The Contemporary Choir, so we thought we'd give it a go. It certainly makes a change from counting friendship bracelets for school stalls!


    We had an absolutely fantastic time doing warm ups, team exercises, and attempting to sing our different parts at the same time. A few of the group were pretty good singers already, but even those of us that thought were hopeless surprised ourselves! The choir leader was really fun and she kept us going when anyone lost their place - it helped that there wasn't any confusing sheet music.


    Singing has so many great benefits; it reduces stress, relieves anxiety and boosts confidence. Everyone that took part has said they would all do a singing workshop again, we were all buzzing afterwards! A few people in the group said that they'd never thought about singing recreationally before but were really interested in joining a choir now, so lets hope they take it up!


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