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).
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,
The lovely Anna Sadeghpour
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 and lion fountains
Alhambra Palace and Fort
The Summer Palace and fountains at Alhambra Palace
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.''
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 Shop, Cricklewood, London, UK
Fairtrade tea lovers paradise
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.
Me outside Shared Earth York and the Cathedral
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This years World Fair Trade Organization campaign was 'Agent For Change', Human Chains for Fair Trade and the Planet.
I am very grateful to the beautiful ladies at the Dubai Business Women Council who very kindly modelled the Agent for Change posters for me.
I also managed to go to Jumeirah beach and conduct an impromptu beach photo shoot near the iconic Burj Al Arab.
Best wishes to all fairtrade producers, artists, supporters, volunteers and friends around the world for being the voice and change for social, environmental and trade justice.
RESPECT, STAY STRONG, PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
This month I completed the WFTO Asia - Introduction to Gender course and my Six Items Challenge 2017.
Attended The Muslim Lifestyle Show said hello to the Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers and purchased fairtrade dates from the Zaytoun stand.
Travelled to Manchester, UK to pay respects to my parents. A year has passed since my beautiful mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer.
Enjoyed a vegetarian lunch and interviewed Dr Sara Parker who has designed two fairtrade puppet sets with fairtrade producers in Nepal.
Celebrated Fashion Revolution Week.
Continued to mentor and support my World Pulse Change Maker Joanna in Poland.
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