One World Blog

  • Book Launch: Spare Change - Better ways to manage money

    Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Iona Bain, founder of, proves that anyone can have a more fulfilling approach to money, regardless of personality, background or income. This inspirational book helps readers take control of their finances with practical advice on how to save, dealing with money in relationships, housing headaches and curbing your spending habits – there is even a section on dealing with socialising on a budget!

    Come to the launch of Iona's new book, Spare Change


    FROM: 5:30 – 7:30PM


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  • 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.

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    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!

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  • Launch Party

    You are all welcome to join us for the One World Shop launch party on Saturday 28th November at 11am. The party will be held in the shop at 25 Nicolson Square.
    Access is from outside the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church Hall, just down the stairs; via the lift in the Well Cafe or ramp access at the back of the building.

    This is a family friendly party with free refreshments and hopefully a few (unconfirmed) performers, as well as a visit from the Lord Provost. We will give you an update on our fundraising so far, and what our plans are for the next year.

    We would also love to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has helped us with the move, fundraising, and who have just generally supported us throughout the time One World Shop has existed.

    Please RSVP to Lorna ( or join the event on Facebook. This is a free, non-ticketed event.

  • First Week in the New Shop

    Welcome to the new One World Shop, please, have a look around!

    The New One World Shop

    Bags & accessories

    Kitchenware and cushions

    Jewellery and scarves

    The Till area & handmade giftwrap

    Zotter Chocolate, Notebooks, Christmas Cards

    Kids stuff

    Tea & chocolate

    Books & coffee


    We're open every day 10am - 5:30pm (11am open on Sunday) - come in and say hello!

    If you've already come in to see us, please leave a review to help others find us:
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    It has been nice to see so many new and familiar faces in the shop. While it has been a lot quieter than we're used to, it's given us a chance to shuffle bits of the shop around and start getting our Christmas stock unpacked. We will be having an opening party at the end of the month - the date will be fixed as of next week!

    Remember, our Crowdfunder Project is still running and we're spending lots of money on the new shop. If you can help out, please donate what you can.

  • We are OPEN

    Our beautiful new shop in Nicolson Square is now OPEN!

    We're open 10am - 5:30pm Monday - Saturday and 11am - 5:30pm on Sunday, same as at St John's. We do, however, have a new telephone number: 0131 667 8323

    You can get a lot of buses from all over Edinburgh - just aim for Surgeon's Hall or Potterrow, we're in between the two, tucked underneath City of Edinburgh Methodist Church.

    Please pop in to say hi and have a look around,it would be wonderful if you could let us know what you think and leave a review online to encourage other like-minded shoppers to pay us a visit.





  • The Move (Day 3 Update)

    It's been a very busy and tiring few days since we began moving the shop, but the excitement of what is becoming our new home is keeping us all bright and enthusiastic! We're, so far (touch wood) on track to be ready to open on Monday 12th October. Here's a quick update of what's happened so far.


    Friday was Rachel, Lorna and John's last day working in the shop at St John's. As you can see - full of eagerness to get packing.


    The Sunday packing team outside the St John's shop

    Sunday was full-on packing up and dismantling furniture - we had a super team to help out. Thank you everyone that came along to help.

    Lots and lots of boxes!The shop contents packed up all the way to the ceiling, the interior was beginning to look very strange.

    An empty stock room

    A very empty but fire-safe stock room. Our new stock room is a lot smaller so we haven't been able to take some of our old shelving.


    Exhausted John

    John trying not to fall asleep.


    Monday began with BT arriving to hook up the phones, and then this beast of a removals van arrived at Nicolson Square with the contents of the stock room.


    By the end of day two, we had the shop layout beginning to appear and a stock room beginning to take shape.
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    Tuesday, Day 3 we had the rest of the shop furniture arrive, and ALL of the shop stock piled up into the middle of the room. The office is networked and almost complete. Lots of photos to follow! We've ordered some new signage to direct you all to the new shop once we're ready to open.

  • Nicolson Square update

    A little update for you to quell your curiosity! We have some photos of the new shop at Nicolson Square. We are so in love with the new floor, and our hard working builders have discovered some beautiful wooden pillars underneath layers of paint and paper.

    There is obviously still some work to do - got to clean and fix up those lights, put doors back on once they're painted and start making decisions on where the shelving will go on Monday when it's dropped off by our removal team. Through the doors on the far left, the shop can be accessed from the Well Café via the lift - so once the corridor is cleared out a bit the shop will be super accessible for buggies, wheelchairs and those unable to manage the stairs out the front.


    Despite the shop being in the basement, there is a bright side - literally. We're planning to have our till area next to the window on the right, and the main entrance is just out of shot on the right next to the lights.

    Let us know what you think on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounts!

  • One World Shop Moving Dates

    The building work has started and our final preparations are being made to move out of St John’s Church at the beginning of October 2015. We have started to clear out some older stock to make space for a fresh start in our new premises which will (hopefully) be open on Monday 12th October!

    Our last day of trading here at St John's is Saturday 3rd October, so please visit us before then if you’re looking for a quick bargain in our sale!

    We will be hosting our annual Stallholders Christmas Preview on Wednesday 23rd September (at the St John’s site) from 2 – 7pm. If you are interested in running a One World Shop stall this Christmas, please feel free to drop in for a chat. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t run a stall before; we can give you some advice and top tips from the experts.

    Between the 3rd and 12th we will be doing a lot of packing up and moving stock and furniture, painting and organising the new premises. If you are able to help in any way, please let us know by sending a message or visiting the shop before these dates to let us know.

  • Vacancy: Retail Assistant

    A few of our current and ex team members

    • Want to get some great work experience in a small, supportive team?
    • Do you have an interest in making an impact on global issues like human rights and sustainability?


    One World Shop is about to embark on a new adventure - we will soon be moving premises within Edinburgh and we need an extra staff member to help make the process as smooth as possible.

    We're recruiting an awesome new staff member - could you be the one?

    The position has been made possible by funding received through Community Jobs Scotland. CJS provides young people living in Scotland with paid jobs in third sector organisations. We have successfully employed several people through this scheme giving younger people a chance to find a decent job in a competitive market, and have something worthwhile to show on their CV.

    • You must be age 18 - 24 & currently unemployed (due to the rules of the funding)
    • 25 hours a week for 6 months, includes weekday and weekend work
    • National Minimum Wage
    • This post is based in our shop, working with our friendly team. You will be serving customers, processing deliveries, pricing goods, stocking shelves and more
    • Closing date is 24th September 2015

    To apply

    You must meet the criteria above, and then contact your local Job Centre. They will provide you with a job application form.

    • Closing Date: 24th September 2015

  • Festival Marquee - First Weekend

    The Festival Marquee is now in full swing! We’ve had a great first weekend, which included the Vegan Festival at the Roxburghe Hotel. We had some great weather which resulted in a very busy few days at the shop. 

    Fair & Ethical Trade on the Fringe

    We'll also be making an appearance at the Fair & Ethical Trade on the Fringe - visit us on Castle Street between Sunday 16th August - Saturday 22nd August.

    Festival Marquee

    Festival Marquee

    We have lots of brand new products available to buy in our tent and shop. Shortly available online too. 

    Seedpod animals

    Funny little seedpod animals from Zimbabwe, made using re-used, recycled and sustainable sources.

    Dalit Spices

    Glass jars of spices, fragrant handmade soaps and claypot candles from Dalit Goods, an organisation that does a lot of work transforming lives of some of the poorest, lowest caste people in India. They run a school, orphanage and find foster homes for children as well as providing fairly paid work and dignity for people who might otherwise be left to beg in the streets.


    Beautiful flower lamps from Thailand are handcrafted by villagers, made with real leaves and flowers and sustainable wood.

    Free samples of Eswatini Jams & Chutneys in the Marquee

    There is free sampling in the festival marquee every day, so come along to try some of the flavours of Swaziland. Currently we’re sampling Tomato & Chilli Chutney and Mango Jam - both very delicious and fruity! Thank you to JTS for the freebies.

    JTS Tasting

    The Festival Marquee is open every day from 11am - 5:30pm right outside the shop!

    Edinburgh Vegan Festival

    The Vegan festival was incredibly busy, we had a great time meeting lots of new people and selling lots of chocolate. Unsurprisingly, we sold out of Vego bars, and sold lots of Divine Chocolate, especially the Dark Chocolate with Raspberry and Dark Chocolate with Mango & Coconut which we were giving out samples of. Thanks to the Vegan Festival for inviting us, we hope there will be another one next year. 

    If you’re looking for products suitable for vegans on our online shop, just choose “Vegan” from the filter to make things a bit easier for yourself. 

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