One World Blog

  • Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade

    We're so proud of our wee city at this time of year. Over a million new people will be descending upon Edinburgh duringAugust for shows, shopping and all of the culinary delights our beautiful home has to offer. It's even better that we have been able to call ourselves a Fair Trade City for 12 years now too, one of 619 fair trade towns and cities in the UK.

    The Edinburgh Fair Trade City Group runs events in the city, keep us committed to the title, and provide support to fair trade organisations in Edinburgh. They have designed a great range of Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade t-shirts and tote bags for fair trade organisations in Edinburgh to sell.

    KoolSkools have produced and printed the Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade t-shirts - available for £15 from One World Shop (sizes xs - xl). KoolSkools are a great organisation who mostly produce school uniforms and has a completely ethical supply chain. You might have met Pamela L'Intellegent who visited the UK during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016. Pamela is a seamstress at KoolSkools, and she spoke about how working with KoolSkools changed her life. Click here to watch the video

    Buy Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade Tees Online

    We have sourced the Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade tote bags from local printers, Interplanetary Print Syndicate. The bags are ethically made with certified Fairtrade Cotton and carry the Fairtrade Mark. They also printed our People Before Profit tees, and One World Shop tote bags. They use screen printing rather than heat press printing which means the final product is extremely durable and long lasting. Buy them at One World Shop for £9

    Buy Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade Tote Bags Online

    Organisations that want to sell Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade tees and totes can buy them at cost price from the Edinburgh Fairtrade City Group. Please get in touch with us for more information.

  • Festival Events

    There's been a lot of hammering and building going on around the site at CEMC while Greenside Venues turn it into two show spaces. The Lime Studio and Emerald Theatre and now being prepared for the thousands of visitors about to descend upon the city in the next few weeks.



    One World Tea Tent

    In keeping with the last few years, we are running our pop-up cafe outside the shop for the duration of the Festival. Providing hot and cold drinks, and snacks to the Greenside punters, staff, performers and all others who may be passing by. The Well Cafe will also be open for hot drinks and hot meals, but we hope to ease some of the strain they endure during the Edinburgh Festival by offering a fast takeaway service by their side.


    The One World Tea Tent will be open 7 days

    Thursday 4th August - Sunday 28th August

    10am - 5pm



    Fair & Ethical Trade on the Fringe

    HandUp Media bring an ethical side into the main buzz of the Edinburgh Festival with their bi-annual market which is running in two locations this year.

    The first run of stalls starts Sunday 7th August until Saturday 13th August in the usual Castle Street pitch before moving to a new location.

    Fair-Trade-City-Group-ToteFrom Sunday 14th August, the market will be found on top of Waverley Mall for two more weeks until Saturday 27th August when it will then come to a close.

    We will be helping to run the Edinburgh Fairtrade City stall and launching an exciting new range of Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade tote bags and t-shirts. One World Shop will be there from Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th August and we will have some gorgeous brand new products to show you so drop by for a look!

    The new Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade t-shirts are being produced and printed by Kool Skools -

    The Edinburgh Loves Fairtrade tote bags are being printed on fair trade cotton by local screen printers at Interplanetary Print Syndicate -

    Fair & Ethical Trade on the Fringe


  • 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

  • Summer Volunteering


    We are now recruiting for Summer Volunteers

    We need new team members to help with our stalls around the city during the Edinburgh Festival.

    Can you give 4 - 40 hours a week from Aug 3rd - 28th 2016?

    We will provide 4 hours training and trial shifts will be between July 25th and Aug 2nd.

    Our Summer Volunteer team is vital to help keeping our presence known in the city. This year is even more important as we are in a totally new site with a completely new festival plan.

    Most of our volunteer shifts will either be working alone or with another volunteer or staff member, usually as part of a market around the city. Knowing a bit about fair trade or sustainability is ideal but if you have no idea, no problem! You'll quickly learn what difference fair trade makes and how to communicate that to our customers.

    If you are enthusiastic, enjoy serving customers, are accurate with money, and can speak fluent English, please get in touch TODAY!

    Contact or pop into the shop Monday, Tuesday or Friday to talk to John.

  • Vacancy: Shop Manager

    Are you an exceptional person, passionate about sustainability & fair trade, and enthusiastic about sales & customer service?

    We have an amazing opportunity for you to be part of our small team in Edinburgh as our new Shop Manager.

    The Shop Manager will be responsible for running a dynamic, vibrant shop, increasing sales and raising the profile of our spacious new venue as well as organising in-shop events, coordinating our volunteers and engaging with our social media.

    Location: Edinburgh
    Hours: 29 hours per week, Monday - Friday (occasional weekends & overtime)
    Salary: £16,500 per year pro rata

    Application Form

    DOCX: OWS Application Form
    PDF: OWS Application Form

    Job Description

    PDF: OWS Shop Manager Job Description

    Please send all application forms to or post to our office. If you require an alternative file type or paper application form, please contact us.

    One World Shop
    25 Nicolson Square
    EH8 9BX

    Closing Date

    All applications must be received by 12pm on Monday 27th June

  • Heart & Soul 2016

    Heart & Soul is a vibrant regular event organised by the Church of Scotland, this year with over 60 organisations and congregations celebrating the life and work of the church alongside the annual gathering of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly.

    The groups exhibiting at the event will share with you how they are “People of the Way” in the place, environment or project where they work.

    This is a free public family day out with live entertainment and fun for all - and we will be there with loads of fair trade goodies too!

    DATE: Sunday 22nd May
    TIME: 2 - 6pm
    LOCATION: West Princes Street Gardens

    More Info:

  • Meet the Producers: Howard & Kenneth, Rice Farmers from Malawi

    We've got another great Meet the Producers event coming up for you!

    Meet the Producers: Malawian Rice FarmersOn Monday 23rd May, we will be welcoming two rice farmers from Malawi who are also the current and former Chairs for the Farmer's Association in Karonga, Malawi. Howard and Kenneth will be giving a talk and answering questions.

    This is a free, public event in the shop at 25 Nicolson Square with free samples of the delicious Kilombero Rice, which directly supports their rice farmer's children so they can attend school.

    If you're on Facebook, remember to click GOING on the event!


    DATE: Monday 23rd May 2016

    TIME: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    LOCATION: One World Shop - 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX


    0131 667 8323

  • Event: The Dark Side of the Cocoa Industry

    You should now have had enough time to recover from the chocolate festival that is Easter to be interested in coming to the One World Shop to try some more! We will be having an open Chocolate Tasting and Talk from Sophi Tranchall, the Managing Director of Divine Chocolate.

    Sophi will be speaking about the radical alternative to mainstream chocolate and how Divine Chocolate challenges the use of child slaves that is common in the cocoa industry. The darker, harder to digest parts of the cocoa industry are usually well hidden by some of the big name brands so there will be time at the end of the talk to ask Sophi your burning questions!

    Before the talk, we will be inviting you to try a wide range of Divine Chocolate flavours and, if you feel compelled, we would love for you to leave a review of your favourite flavours for our other customers!

    Divine Chocolate

    Event Details

    Location: One World Shop, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
    Contact:  Tel: 0131 667 8323

    Date: Friday 22nd April
    Time: 2:30pm - 4pm

    Please share our event on Facebook and through your social media channels!

    Watch this to see Divine Chocolate are different:

  • Fashion Revolution Week

    Fashion Revolution Week, which runs annually from 18th - 24th April, was created in in response to the Rana Plaza disaster that happened in Bangladesh on the 24th April 2013. 1134 workers were killed and over 2500 were injured when the eight story building they were working in collapsed.

    The shops and banks on the lower floors were closed immediately after cracks were discovered in the building the previous day, but the clothing factories stayed open despite warnings. The garment workers were told to come back in and the building collapsed during the morning rush hour.


    Fashion Revolution Week brings people together from all over the world to ask the brands, #WhoMadeMyClothes? We want them to be proud of the workers that make the garments we all buy and wear, be accountable for their actions and stop anything like this from happening again.

    You can join in the Fashion Revolution too by standing up for the workers and asking your favourite brands #WhoMadeMyClothes?! Tell them you want the people who make your clothes to be paid a fair, living wage, have good working conditions and benefits.

    Alternatively, buy from fair trade, sustainable and ethical brands like Braintree - and you can buy from them right here! The bamboo and cotton mix feels great on your feet and it's anti-bacterial so stops your feet from getting smelly too. Have a look at our range of ethical socks which come in loads of different designs and only at £4.95 a pair.

    Hembury Dotty Socks £4.95 Hembury Dotty Socks £4.95
    Click to buy Agda Socks £4.95
    Billy Socks £4.95 Billy Socks £4.95
    Riviera Socks £4.95 Riviera Socks £4.95

    Who Made your Clothes?

    Visit the Fashion Revolution website for more information:


    Thousands of garment workers and their unions rally on the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than 1,100 garment workers Source:
  • 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

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