Edinburgh's first fair trade enterprise celebrates its 30th birthday this week.
The One World Shop, based under St John's Church at the West End, is celebrating 30 years of fair trade in Edinburgh by designing and commissioning a bespoke jute bag from one of the original suppliers to the shop; Action Bag of Bangladesh.
The pioneering fair trade shop, which was set up by a group of volunteers has helped over 7 million people to be lifted out of poverty in the last 30 years. During the last three decades fair trade has become mainstream with the introduction of the Fairtrade mark, Fairtrade Fortnight and Scotland's new found status as a Fair Trade Nation. Although all the main supermarkets now stock items like coffee, tea, chocolate and bananas, the One World Shop remains one of only a few specialist fair trade shops in Edinburgh supplying a wide range of handmade crafts, jewellery, textiles and stationery.
Rachel Farey, Business Manager at the One World Shop said:
"We'd like to thank all our customers over the past three decades for supporting the shop and the producers in the developing world that we source our goods from. We'd like to encourage all of you to pop into the shop over Christmas and help us continue our fair trade work into the future."
Despite recent difficulties to traders with the closure of traffic in the West End, the One World Shop remains a thriving social enterprise that is supported by 25 volunteers a year in Edinburgh.