Shared Earth in top 40 exhibitors at Autumn Fair 2016, NEC Birmingham

Shared Earth picked by "Business & Industry Today" as one of the top 40 exhibitors from Autumn Fair this year!Shared Earth Wholesale is delighted to have been picked by Business and Industry Today as one of the top 40 exhibitors at the Autumn Fair at the NEC, Birmingham this year!

Business and Industry Today gave the following review:

“Shared Earth was one of the pioneers of Fair Trade in the UK, opening its first shop in York in 1986, and starting to wholesale to other retailers in 1992. Its founder Jeremy Piercy is also very concerned about environmental issues, and recycled and sustainable products are to the fore. These include not just recycled paper and glass, but many ranges unique to Shared Earth, such as best selling bicycle chain products from India, bags made from cement sacks from Cambodia, and recycled tin from Madagascar.

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Shared Earth celebrates 30 years of Fair Trade

Shared Earth celebrates 30 years of selling Shared Earth products

Shared Earth is celebrating a landmark anniversary, 30 years of selling Fair Trade products.

Rachael Maskell MP for York Central joined staff, guests and customers to mark the occasion in Shared Earth’s York shop.

Jeremy Piercy, who founded the business, said: “It’s a great feeling to know that you have kept a business going through many difficult years, when most of the shops around you have changed hands, often many times.

“This would not have been possible were it not for the wonderful support of our customers who obviously want to buy great handmade products, but they are also glad that their purchases are benefitting others and not just themselves.

“As a result of this call for a ‘fairer world’, many large chains and supermarkets have initiated ethical buying standards. These ensure that children are not exploited, artisans and factory workers have better working conditions, and raw materials are more sustainable. In this way Fair Trade has made a difference to millions of lives around the world, and I feel privileged to have been part of this process.”

Read The York Press article here.

Second Shared Earth shop opening in York

Great News: Shared Earth will soon be opening a 2nd shop in York!

We will be moving (hopefully in September) into 5 Bootham, York YO30 7BN, which is just outside Bootham Bar, formerly Mary Shortle doll shop and more recently Florence Wren sweet shop.

We have some great new products lined up for it and will post updates here on our blog!

Full and part-time staff wanted. More information can be found here on our website.

Meet the Artisans – Ms Mousmeen, Tara Projects

Mousmeen, co-ordinator of a Tara Projects artisan group

Ms. Mousmeen (pictured) is the coordinator of the Khiwai Mahila Hastshilp artisan group which is based in Khiwai village in District Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

For the girls in the village, proceeding to higher education is a dream for them and the lack of this educational background means they can become victims of exploitation.

More than a decade ago, Mousmeen and several of her fellow women were working for contractors that were taking jewellery orders from the city for them to make in the village, this commercial trade did not ensure a fair price for them.

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Helping Nepal Producers – Update

Yesterday we learnt that further earthquakes were occurring in Nepal, with unknown loss of life. Many roads have been blocked by landslides making it hard for relief workers to gain access to villages. The monsoon will arrive soon and will make it even more difficult in remote areas.

Financial support is vital to help the people of Nepal, both to deal with their immediate needs – buying tents, food, clothing etc – and to help them rebuild their communities and country. We urge you to do all you can – you can make donations here.

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Helping Nepal Producers

As many of you know we at Shared Earth buy from several suppliers in Nepal, who have been out of touch over the last few days due to power failures. We have now had word from all of them, and they are OK, though some artisan groups are yet to be contacted. There is huge damage to infrastructure, many people are still out on the streets afraid to go inside, and the rebuilding process will take many months.

Please help by making a donation here.

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