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New fair trade shop opens in Tollcross

posted 20 Nov 2008, 10:26 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 20 Nov 2008, 10:28 ]
What do you do with the tons of used plastic water bottles that are sent to the dump in vast quantities every day?

‘One World is Enough’, a fair trade clothing shop now open in Tollcross, Edinburgh, is offering a fashionable solution. Plastic water bottles are melted down in Uattar Pradesh, India and spun into a soft fleece-like material which is then used to make warm winter dresses and skirts.

One World is Enough started as a small family business in Cambridge in 1997 after its founders were inspired by the ‘wonderful people making beautiful things’ that they met on their travels in Asia. Aiming to help skilled crafts people in developing countries to help themselves, the business has expanded in size and ships its designs all over the world.

‘One World is Enough’ builds close relationships with its producers in Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia and Thailand, to create original, custom made designs using traditional techniques. The shop specialises in ladieswear, menswear and children’s clothing; as well as a range of handmade handbags, scarves and gifts.

The new Tollcross based store, located at 48 Home Street, will be run by local husband and wife team, Colin and Cathy Campbell. Undaunted by the gloomy news of recession, the Campbells believe that people want products that are affordable but not made at the expense of others.

Colin Campbell used to work for a large corporate retail organisation but grew tired of the ‘rat race’.

Colin says, “People are always interested in quality no matter what the economic climate. That’s what we offer- bright, interesting clothes and gifts that are affordable yet will stand the test of time. The fact that you are supporting skilled craftsmen and their families is an added bonus.”

48 Home Street, Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9NA
0131 228 2246

Source: Tollcross Online