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August 2016 Newsletter Blog Summary

August 2016 Newsletter Blog Summary

INSPIRING AUGUST

 

Summer Palace and fountains Alhambra Palace, Granada Spain August 16

 Summer Palace and fountains at Alhambra Palace

 

This August I became a worldwide signatory at the International Business Standards Organization, fulfilled a travelling ambition, visited a fair trade supplier in York and retailer in London.

 

Please click on the August 2016 Newsletter Video Blog Summary below.

 

 

At the beginning of the month I received my certificate from the International Business Standards Organization (IBSO).

Certificate issued by the International Business Standards Organization August 2016

As a signatory of the Worldwide Charter for Fair International Commerce to Support Key Principles of Responsibility, Ethics, Environmental Protection as well as Economic and Social Development

 

I also had afternoon tea with the bubbly Anna Sadeghpour and thank her for writing about The Little Fair Trade Shop in her blog,

10 Easy Ways To Make a Difference in Dubai.

 

Anna Sadeghpour of AnaHata Dubai Community Service Blog

 The lovely Anna Sadeghpour

 

AUGUST FAIRTRADE TRAVELS

 

For many years I had wanted to visit Spain and learn about the Moors I was delighted to find a UK tour operator who organised Islamic tours around Spain. 

 

I decided to take my younger sister Irem who turned 40 this year on a surprise holiday to Spain. It was a bitter sweet experience as it was our first birthday's without Mum.

 

I hope to write another blog soon illustrating the tour around Islamic Spain.

 

For the time being I'm attaching a few beautiful memories of our visit.

 

Alhambra Palace visited August 16

 Alhambra Palace and lion fountains

 

Al Hambra Palace - the city visited August 16

 Alhambra Palace and Fort

 

Summer Palace and fountains at the Alhambra Palace visited August 16

 The Summer Palace and fountains at Alhambra Palace

 

Historical York and Shared Earth

I spent most of August with my siblings in London and mustered the energy to board a train to historical York to visit Shared Earth and talk with founder and owner Jeremy Piercy.

 

Shared Earth York UK visited August 16
Shared Earth, York, United Kingdom

 

Arlene at Shared Earth York UK visited August 16
Arlene at Shared Earth, York, United Kingdom

 

Shared Earth York United Kingdom downstairs visited August 16
Shared Earth shop downstairs

 

Shared Earth wooden fairtrade gifts displayed downstairs
Gorgeous fairtrade gifts displayed at Shared Earth

 

My sister Irem admiring a fairtrade mosaic dish at Shared Earth, York, UK
My sister Irem admiring a fairtrade mosaic dish

 

Shared Earth, York, UK upstairs
The colourful first floor at Shared Earth

 

Shared Earth scarves displayed upstairs visited August 16
Fairtrade scarves at Shared Earth

 

Shared Earth founder and owner Jeremy Piercy with me!
Author and MD of Shared Earth Jeremy Piercy and me!

 

SHARED EARTH

The York flagship store was founded in 1986 by Mr Piercy and is beautifully adorned with fairtrade products from around the world.

 

Shared Earth has a another branch in the North of England so if you are visiting from abroad please make sure you visit the Liverpool store and shop to your fairtrade hearts content.

 

Mr Piercy is seasoned traveller and has travelled extensively around the world, while reading his autobiography I was happy to learn that as a teenager decided to backpack through India and Pakistan.

 

Many thanks to David, Jay, Arlene, Nancy, Louie and Jeremy for their assistance and making my visit to Shared Earth a memorable one.

 

Thank you for signing my copy of Jeremy Piercy's fairtrade book ''Coffins, Cats and Fair Trade Sex Toys.''

 

 

London's Fairtrade Shops

 Fair Deal Organic & Fair Trade, Cricklewood, London

 

During my last day in London I decided to pop into my local fairtrade store. Fair Deal Organic and Fair Trade is located in Cricklewood, North London and aisle six is brimming full of fairtrade beverages, chocolate and other eco gifts.

 

Fair Deal Organic and Fair Trade - Cricklewood, London, UK visited August 16

Fair Deal Organic and Fair Trade Shop, Cricklewood, London, UK

 

Fairtrade tea heaven

Fairtrade tea lovers paradise

 

So pleased to see Zaytoun dates at Fair Trade Organic and Fair Trade Cricklewood, London

 Zaytoun dates at Fair Deal Organic and Fair Trade

 

I purchased Green and Blacks cocoa powder, Zaytoun dates and Ecoforce sponge scourers. :)

I hope to visit other fairtrade shops in London on my next visit and will keep you updated about new posts.

Thank you for reading and viewing the photographs in this blog which were captured by my Fairphone 2, number 17,418. :)

I would encourage everyone to support fairtrade and ethical producers wherever you are in the world.

Best regards
Sabeena

Me outside the Shared Earth Flagship store York, UK

Me outside Shared Earth York and the Cathedral

 

Further Reading and Links

International Business Standards Organization (IBSO)

AnaHata Dubai Community Service Blog

Shared Earth About Us Page

Coffins, Cats and Fair Trade Sex Toys

Jeremy Piercy

Fair Deal Organic and Fair Trade

Fairphone 2




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