One World Blog

  • 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 or phone us on 0131 229 4541

  • Product Recall


    Unfortunately, there is a product recall on a small range of tagua earrings.  Our supplier has notified us that some of these tagua earrings may have been produced using some amount of nickel.

    Please have a look at the above image, if you have any of these earrings bought from 2012 onwards, please contact us or return to the shop for a full refund.

  • 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

  • Stalls for Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

    Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 23rd February - Sunday 8th March 2015. This year, we’re celebrating the power of everyday choices by telling the other half of a product’s story – the producer’s. Continue reading

  • Fair Trade Retail Assistant Vacancy

    We are recruiting for another position 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 16 - 24 (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
    • Click here to download the Job Description (.doc)
    • Closing date is 30th January 2015

    To apply

    You must be aged between 16 - 24 years old and able to provide an Referral Eligibility Form (available from Job centre Plus or Skills Development Scotland)

    • Contact your local Job Centre
    • Closing Date: 30th Jan 2015
  • Nominations open for the Lord Provost Awards 2015

    During Fairtrade Fortnight in Edinburgh, the Lord Provost Fair Trade Awards are presented, acknowledging those who have gone the extra mile to support and promote Fair Trade in Edinburgh.  Send in your entries now for 2015 and be entered into the draw to win a family day out to either Edinburgh Zoo or Highland Wildlife Park! To be in with a chance of winning you need to nominate an individual, organisation or business that has raised the profile of Fair Trade in the city.


    Send in your nominations for any or all of the five categories:

    • Fair Trade Achievement
    • Fair Trade Faith Community
    • Fair Trade School
    • Fair Trade Newcomer
    • ‘Small is Beautiful’

    Click here to download the nomination form.

    (Closing Date 13 February 2015)

  • One World Shop wins Innovation Award

    We were looking forward to attending the 2014 Fair Trade Awards night for our free tasting of Equal Exchange’s organic Hispaniolan hot chocolate* alone, but we were thrilled to be the recipient of the Innovation Award!

    We took along our stall and joined lots of other people doing amazing work to promote Fair Trade in Scotland at the Fairtrade Foundation Photography exhibition at the Chaplaincy, University of Edinburgh. It was great to find out just how much amazing work is being done for Fair Trade around the country.

    We were thrilled that, at the prize giving, we won the Innovation Award!

    We were really proud to win this award which is given to groups who find new ways of connecting and engaging people to grow the Fair Trade industry. The project that we won the award for was our work setting up links with Get Paper Industries in Nepal with Edinburgh College of Art

    Get Paper Industries is a papermaking co-operative situated in the north of Kathmandu. It employs a hundred people, mostly female. Cotton rags, water hyacinth, banana fibre and waste paper are processed to create the paper, which is then made into gift boxes, greetings cards and wrapping paper. They also fund primary schools, aids awareness programmes and tree planting with the profits they make. The One World Shop helped to build relationships between Edinburgh College of Art whose students designed creative contemporary patterns which were then manufactured in Nepal.

    Visit the Scottish Fair Trade Forum website to find out more about their work and other 2014 winners.

    *Want to try some of the Free Trade hot chocolate for yourself? Don’t worry, we have it in stock and, even better, it is vegan and gluten free too!

  • Welcome to our new website

    Launched today, we are thrilled to announce that our new website is now live and ready to take your orders.

    We have lots of Christmas goodies with a conscience, from delicious chocolate selections to kid’s toys, exotic spice selections to fire up your cooking to delicate handmade silver jewellery. The number of products you can find online will be growing daily so why not have a look.

    We would still love to see you in our Princes Street shop, but now you don’t have to brave the cold and the crowds and can get your festive goodies delivered to the door.

    Some of our services for schools and businesses have also been incorporated into the site so it’s even easier to order your fair trade staff room coffee and biscuits or impress your customers with these high quality, ethically traded goods. So if you are in the Highlands and Islands, Belfast, Cornwall or Morningside, you can now browse and buy online.

    This is all thanks to the Scottish Government funded programme, the Enterprise Ready Fund to help maintain, develop and grow Scotland’s enterprising third sector.

    Please do get in touch with any feedback you may have about the site at as we would love to hear your thoughts.

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