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I ordered a sizeable fragile item online. Received an email to advise me when and how it would arrive. Great care was taken with packing of the item and it arrived safely on the due date. Have visited the shop several times and purchased items and staff are always friendly and helpful. Marvellous range of products which are just a bit different from the norm. Great customer care - and hope I can find them when they move lol.Rosemary, Fife
Thank you so much for the great service, atchar arrived safely today, chicken cooking starts tomorrow. Much appreciate the speedy and helpful service.Philippa, Rickmansworth
The Fairtrade stalls were a great success, parents/carers and children all helped out in some way. Helped raise awareness of Fairtrade issues and contributed to the success of our Green Flag award. Very helpful and friendly service from staff at One World Shop.Christine, Whiteinch Nursery
Lovely to see the One World Shop settled into its new home at Nicholson Square. It's a very nice space and good to see all the banners etc outside too - no chance of getting lost!Juliet Wilson
Lovely location, nice and bright and able to accommodate more stock.Gail Wheelock, Rhode Island, USA
My fave shop in the city, quirky little items, helpful staff, can't wait to get back again!Krystina, Carrickfergus
Love this wee hidden gem in the city. Come here for all my quirky wee gifts -get your secret Santas in!Richy, Edinburgh
I love St John's Church across from Princes Street for many reasons; one, because I think its a really peaceful and calming influence in such a busy place whether you are religious or not, and it's beautiful. Two, it always seems to have something fantastic going on, like fairs or performances or exhibits which are usually free and really interesting to pop in and see. And three, because it's home to the One World Shop, a long established fair trade organisation which sells gifts and furniture, clothes and toys which you can rest assured come with the stamp of Fair Trade quality.
The jewellery is a particular highlight of the store, with loads of beautiful hand-crafted pieces which make for really unique and thoughtful gifts. The earrings are beautiful, ranging from the sweet little star studs at £8, to the beautiful cone shaped earrings with a gemstone set inside at £22, so even the 'pricey' items aren't very expensive.
The staff are absolutely lovely, friendly and helpful and the whole place has a really nice feel about it. A great alternative to the commercialisation of Princes Street.Steph, North Lanarkshire
I think it's safe to say that the growth of the Fair Trade movement has been one of the most striking retail phenomenons of the past ten years - shoppers suddenly taking an interest in where the products they buy come from, and demanding ethical guarantees about how workers are treated. The brand has become sufficiently mainstream now that every major supermarket seems to have developed its own brand of Fair Trade chocolate or coffee, with even multinational corporations like Nestlé jumping on the bandwagon.
It's easy to forget that it all started with pioneering independent stores such as the One World Shop at St John's, which is staffed by volunteers, and was one of the first dedicated Fair Trade shops to open, before the phrase had become a household name.
Today, it's still going strong and is a testament to how diverse the Fair Trade movement has become - you can buy almost anything here: as well as a good selection of coffee, chocolate and dried fruit, they sell handmade clothes, pots and pans, exquisite jewellery, books about ethical consumerism and even a range of shopping bags made from recycled juice cartons.
It's my favourite place in Edinburgh to buy gifts, not just because it's all Fair Trade, but also just because it's a shop filled with beautiful things around the world, proof that making ethical choices doesn't have to involve compromising on qualityAnne, Edinburgh
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