Saturday, 29 January 2011

Could you use £150 to promote fairtrade?

Would your school, club or congregation like to hold a Fairtrade activity or event?  

Would you like some money to help you?  

If the answer is 'yes' then please think about East Lothian Council's new small grant scheme which can provide grants of up to £150 to help raise awareness of Fairtrade within the local community.

Remember that the Small World, Prestonpans, can supply groceries, craft and homewares on a sale or return basis.

Schools - we can supply cartons of juice, flapjacks and dried fruit snack packs for your healthy tuck shop.

We also have a wealth of educational material we can give you for your Fairtrade display.

Funding is limited so don't delay!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Shake Up Your Wake Up!

Farmhouse Breakfast Week (23 to 29 January 2011) aims to raise awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and demonstrate the variety on offer.

With one in four people regularly skipping breakfast, it is time many of us re-evaluated our morning routine.

Why eat breakfast…

  • Breakfast eaters tend to be slimmer than breakfast skippers.
  • Eating breakfast can aid concentration and mental performance at work and at school.
  • It provides you with the nutrients and energy needed for an active lifestyle.
  • Research shows that breakfast eaters are less depressed and have lower levels of stress than breakfast skippers.
If you want to Shake Up Your Wake Up, remember The Small World stocks a range of Eswatini Jam (Guava, Peach & Ginger, Mango, Marula, Melon & Ginger, Pineapple).

We also stock Traidcraft GeoMuesli in Exotic Fruit, Mixed Berries and Fruit and Nut varieties.

Four great reasons to buy GeoMuesli:
  • It tastes great! Traidcraft have partnered with Alara who are the UK's leading organic and fair trade muesli suppliers and their recipes have been refined and tested by a panel of muesli enthusiasts!

  • Eco-friendly packaging. The new packaging is made up of a recyclable carton (from sustainable wood sources) and a new Super-ECO inner film which is fully biodegradable.

  • Juicy fruits. Traidcraft have sourced some exciting new ingredients especially for this muesli, including the world's first Fairtrade Chilean flame and ruby raisins. These are plump, juicy and sweet and are perfect for muesli. We know that in the past some of the dried fruit has been a bit on the chewy side so we've made sure all the new fruits are suitably juicy and delicious!

  • It's a healthy way of starting the day. Made from high quality whole food ingredients these are highly nutritious cereals. Even better, by eating them you're helping improve the lives of producers across the globe.

  • If you are looking for breakfast ideas, take a look at Shake Up Your Wake Up - and remember to visit the Small World.  During Farmhouse Breakfast Week, Small World customers can pick up a free recipe booklet (limited stock).

    Saturday, 8 January 2011

    World Hunger Day: 9 January 2011

    World Hunger Day is about raising awareness of chronic  persistent hunger . It is also about celebrating the achievements of millions of people who are already ending their own hunger and meeting their basic needs.

    World Hunger Day seeks to inspire people in both the developed and developing worlds to show their solidarity and support to enable many more to end their own hunger and poverty and make the journey to self-reliance.

    The theme for 2011 is "Empowering People. Ending Hunger".
    Empowerment requires many things: illiteracy reduction, microcredit, cooperative management, improved farming, microfinance, and of course fair trade.

    Fairtrade works to empower the most marginalised in the global trade system – small-scale farmers and workers. For certain products, Fairtrade only certifies small farmer organisations. Examples include coffee, cocoa, cotton and rice. By favouring democratic organisations of small farmers, Fairtrade gives the stability rural families need to plan for the future. The alternative for many is to move to already overcrowded urban centres.

    Plantations and companies using hired labour can sell certain products through Fairtrade if workers are organised and benefit from Fairtrade. The Fairtrade standards protect workers basic rights according to the International Labour Organisation conventions. This means health and safety standards, freedom of association, collective bargaining , no discrimination and no bonded or illegal child labour. The Joint Body, which includes a majority of worker representatives, decides how to invest the Fairtrade premium, works to create good working relationships between management and workers, and helps workers gain skills in leadership, communication and project management.

    The Fairtrade premium is a sum of money paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects, decided upon democratically by producers within the farmers’ organisation or by workers on a plantation.The premium is fixed by the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation Standards Unit in the same way as the minimum price and remains the same, even if the producer is paid more than the minimum price for the product. The premium fund is typically invested in education and healthcare, farm improvements to increase yield and quality, or processing facilities to increase income.

    In the UK, the Hunger Project will be running many events to mark the day - read about them here.

    Wednesday, 5 January 2011

    New Year Resolutions? Let the Small World help!

    According to uber-cool social networking site 43 Things, the top New Year's Resolutions for 2011 are:

    1.  Lose weight  
    How about replacing your favourite choccie bars for some yoghurt coated raisins or some of our dried fruit snack packs?
    2.  Eat, drink, learn, or try something new
    We continue to expand our range and are stocking items from more producers than ever before.  Why not try our Swazi Lime Pickles or swap your usual brand of coffee for some Machu Piccu

    3.  Set an attainable athletic goal, like running a 5 or 10k  
    The Edinburgh Marathon runs past our door on Sunday 22nd May - why not run on our behalf - we'll cheer you on!

    4.  Save money  
    Our Ecover refill service can save you a packet!  A 1.5l refill of laundry liquid is only £5 compared with buying a new bottle at £6.60! 

    5.  Be happy

    Every time you buy a fairly traded item, you can be happy knowing your purchase has made the difference to the producer.  Spread the happiness!

    6.  Take a photo every day for a year

    If you decide to do this, why not exhibit your work in the shop?  We are going to be a venue for the 2011 Three Harbours Arts Festival! 

    7.  Fall in love
    ...erm.  Not sure how we can help with this one but, if you Love Food but Hate Waste, then pick up a free Canny Bin kit to help reduce food waste.

    8.  Get a job

    We always need volunteers in the Small World.  Both behind the scenes and in the shop (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-12 and 2-4 and Saturdays 10-12).   It's fun, fulfilling and fattens up your CV!
    9.  Read more

    Not only we do have a collection of fair trade recipe books for loan, we also have a free bookcrossing shelf in our entrance hall.  Just help yourself!

    10.  Keep a notepad of awesome moments  

    Awesome moments require awesome notepads and our Goonj (it means 'echo') range of recycled pads are perfect.

    May we suggest another couple of resolutions?
    Buy Fair Trade!
    Continue to buy Fair Trade!
    Tell others about Fair Trade!
    Visit the Small World and say hello!