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A Chocoholic’s Dream…

We’ve just taken an enormous delivery of Divine Chocolate to the shop, including some new and unusual flavours!

We’ve also now got advent calendars and other chocolate treats and gifts in stock. A full list can be found here, and remember that you can reserve items for collection or arrange local delivery on our online ordering page here.

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Guest Blog

This week we have a guest blog from one of our trustees (who wishes to remain anonymous), reflecting on this difficult period we’ve just come through.

What can we learn from this crisis?

What have been your experiences during this crisis? How have you found strength? What might be some lessons we could learn? What would be your hopes for the future?

At Rainbow Turtle we have come through the shop being closed and our educational activities curtailed. There was no scope for normal business. Shutters and doors remained closed. None of our customers, volunteers or staff could be there to bring life to the shop. “Business as usual” had disappeared. It was a time of not functioning.

Yet, after a time, a spark of hope emerged, thanks to people and to technology. Management and volunteers worked together in outreach to customers online. And our customers responded with enthusiasm. We have learned that while things have changed, there is still deep generosity in people and a real desire to be part of making things better.

Some people hope for a return to “business as usual” and to go back to the way it was before. Some people hope for more change so that society can be transformed. We cannot predict what will happen but we can be part of a fresh start. Rainbow Turtle is one place where we can do this. Your purchase is part of making things better. You contribute to stability of income for producers and to caring for our environment. Both of these are crucial for the well-being of people and planet. You are our hope for the future.

Further reflection:
Radio 4 Analysis with Margaret Heffernan: Thinking for the Long Term
BBC Radio4 Khamal Ahmed in Mohammed and the Market
Or for “online conversation with leading public thinkers”

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Click & Collect Still Available

Remember we’re still operating our click and collect service! Just order before midnight on Sunday here and collect on Wednesday at an agreed time. The shop will also be open on Wednesday between 11 and 2 so if there are gaps in our collection schedule you can pop in for a browse! All we ask is that you first have a look through our windows to check if there’s another customer in already, and follow our simple guidelines.

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Click & Collect Service Up and Running

Volunteers Roisin, Duncan and Eleanor (disguised as a customer) modelling our new C&C service

Rainbow Turtle successfully launched its click and collect service at its Paisley shop today. The shop is now open on a Wednesday for customers who have ordered through the website.

Each customer is allocated a 15 minute interval between 11am and 2pm to pick up their order. Needless to say, they can also add to their order at the time or get refills for their Ecover cleaning products.

For more information, please visit our online ordering page.

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We’re Still Open!

Fair trade toilet paper and kitchen rolls
Eco cleaning products
Hand made soaps

As of Wednesday 18th March we are still open, with our normal opening hours of 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Obviously the situation with Coronavirus is changing minute to minute, so this might not always be the case and we might have to close with short or no notice, but for the moment we still have supportive customers and we think we can continue to provide a useful service for our community. Cleanliness has been stepped up in the shop to protect our customers and our volunteers, who we are so grateful to for keeping us going in this challenging time.

We also (for now!) still have stock of toilet roll, handwash, and soap. We’ll also be receiving a delivery of our refillable Ecover handwash tomorrow, and rice and pasta soon. Continuing to shop with us, rather than clearing out your local supermarkets, will help our small business to survive this difficult time as well as ensuring that our fair trade producers don’t lose their much-needed income.

If you’re interested in our fairly traded and eco products, but can’t get into our shop, let us know, maybe we can deliver to you.

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Last Minute Gifts!

Time is ticking on and it’ll be Christmas Day before we know it. How are you getting on with your shopping for presents? If you’re anything like us there’ll be a last minute rush so we’ve compiled this handy gift guide to easy present shopping with a conscience!

Christmas Banquet Box, £20.00

This flavour-packed box squeezes in everything you need to make your Christmas dinner zero waste by turning leftover turkey into a tasty fair trade curry!

Coffee & Chocolate Pairings, £7.99

Traidcraft’s Q Arabica Graded coffee consultant has paired up ground coffee and bars of chocolate for the ultimate taste experience!

Friendly Bars Gift Set, £9.99-£14.99

Friendly’s ethical bars (4 in each set) range from simple shampoo to multi-purpose hair/face/laundry, meaning you use fewer harmful chemicals and no plastic in getting clean this Christmas.

Lip Balms, £8.00 & Balm Duo, £14.00

These Fairtrade and handmade beauty products will leave your skin feeling soft and you feeling virtuous.

Recycled Sari Bags, £4.99

Offcuts of colourful saris have been repurposed into these beautiful and practical bags which unfold from their handy keyring pocket. Perfect for last minute shopping trips!

Bombangles, £7.00

Made in Laos from metal salvaged from unexploded bombs dropped during the Vietnam War, each of these simple bangles comes in a pretty gift bag with a copy of the terrible story behind them.

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Plastic Free July

As we reach the end of Plastic Free July, a global challenge to refuse and reduce single-use plastics, it got us thinking about the ways Rainbow Turtle can help you to continue to to reduce your plastic use – all year round!

Friendly soaps

One of the easiest switches you can make is to using a shampoo bar instead of buying a new bottle each time, and this lavender and geranium bar from Friendly Soaps smells particularly delicious! The travel soap is also incredibly handy – washing body, hair and laundry! Bars are £2.65 and are entirely free of plastic packaging.

If you’re serious about reducing your plastic waste and trying to help our endangered environment, you’ll definitely want to stop using takeaway coffee cups as soon as possible – these often can’t be recycled! That doesn’t mean you have to give up coffee on the go though, and we are here to help with a choice of natural bamboo Ecoffee cups (£9.99) and glass Turtle cups (£12.99) in store.

resuable coffee cups
card with leaf and butterfly design

Special occassions and all the excess that goes along with them don’t have to mean a negative environmental impact is inevitable either. At Rainbow Turtle we have cards for all occassions that are made from recycled paper and wrapped in compostable packaging. This beautiful 1 Tree card also includes wildflower seeds, to help insects locally, and funds the planting of trees in areas of mass deforestation!

Getting gifts for your little ones doesn’t have to involve masses of plastic waste like we often think – these Lanka Kade toys are made from sustainable and durable wood, so they’ll last, and quite a number of the toys we stock, like the ones above (wheelies £6 each, zoo set £16), don’t even have any plastic packaging and also help children in Sri Lanka so you can feel good about your purchase in more ways than one.

So what about once you’ve made these amazing purchases at Rainbow Turtle – how are you going to get them home without a plastic bag? Well, you’re in luck! We have a variety of options from these recycled newspaper bags (left, 20p) which support street children in India, to the fancier option of a reusable tote bag (right, £4.99) which is made from recycled saris, and folds up into a handy zip pouch for easy storage on the go.

These are just a few of the many exciting and ethical products we carry at Rainbow Turtle. We’re also a refill shop for Ecover household products, meaning you can save money and plastic by bringing your bottles back to be filled over and over again. We’re always finding new and interesting fair trade and ethical products so make Rainbow Turtle your first stop to saving the world!