Shop Interior wide photo smEdinburgh’s flagship Fair Trade company, One World Shop is launching its spacious new shop at Nicolson Square this weekend.

Timing nicely with Scotland’s Climate March and the start of the country’s first festival of ethics, the shop is being opened this Saturday morning by the Rt Hon Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Donald Wilson and Sarah Boyack MSP, spokesperson for environmental justice.

Environment and ethics have been synonymous with the One World Shop since it started as a small stall in 1983 at St John’s Church in the west end. The shop specialises in Fair Trade and ethically sourced products from farmers and craft workers in the global south.

The shop has expanded over the years to meet the growing interest in social and environmental justice, global citizenship and a thirst for an antidote to the unchecked commercialism associated with Black Friday.

Manager Rachel Farey said: “We’re delighted already with the response to our new shop. We refurbished the shop with Crowdfunding money and generous donations from customers and supporters across the city.

“This has enabled us to expand the range of products and services we offer, including school visits and talks to groups of all ages ensuring people can understand how Fair Trade really benefits communities. We’re excited about our opening day, and calling it White Saturday!