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Green is the New Black

Black Friday, a day known for excessive consumerism and waste, approaches and while we can’t suggest shopping ethically with us instead right now – as we’re sadly closed under Level 4 Coronavirus restrictions – we’ll be supporting Traidcraft’s annual Reject Black Friday campaign.

We believe in doing our best to live in ways that support the environment and people, rejecting mass-consumerism that often relies on taking advantage of workers and contributing to environmental disaster.

Think about where you shop this Christmas, and consider whether you can wait a few weeks to get something ethically sound, rather than opting for mindless speed and volume.

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Rainbow Turtle Shop Closure

Following the announcement today from the Scottish Government that Renfrewshire will be moving into level 4 restrictions, Rainbow Turtle will be closed from 4pm on Friday 20th November until 10am on Saturday 12th December.

At this time, we won’t be able to offer any click & collect or delivery services. We’ll still be open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, from 10am until 4pm, and we hope you might take this chance to buy Christmas essentials (advent calendars, cards, gifts!) early.

We’ll see you in December!

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Congratulations Mary Russell

Tonight, pupils at Mary Russell Secondary, and their teachers, were awarded the 2020 Scottish Fair Trade Campaign Award by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum for the work they’ve done with us at Rainbow Turtle and in their community to spread the word of Fair Trade and sustainability. Well done Mary Russell!

The video below shows just some of what they’ve done so far, and you can get a sneak peak at their next project with Rainbow Turtle here!

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Christmas Shopping

These festive little guys think that you should hot-foot it down to Rainbow Turtle tomorrow and next week to stock up on Christmas treats like cards to send to friends or maybe some chocolate to enjoy yourself!

There’s still the possibility that the West of Scotland may move into level 4 in the coming weeks, which would mean closing our shop, and so we don’t want anyone to miss out on our lovely Fair Trade and ethical Christmas goodies. If that does happen, we’ll go back to our click & collect model from earlier in the year (more information here), but being a small business we rely on our Christmas sales so we really appreciate every early purchase in this difficult year.

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Fair Trade Events – Online!

With most of the world interrupted at the moment, you’ll be pleased to learn that some Fair Trade events are now online. This might mean that some things you may have missed in the past are now much more accessible!

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum‘s 2020 awards are taking place on Monday 16th November. Sign up here to celebrate the winners of these prestigious awards, along with Jenny Gilruth, Scotland’s Minister for Europe and International Development.

Younger campaigners may also be interested in this week’s Youth Climate Summit. You can sign up for a wide variety of sessions, on topics ranging from Fairtrade chocolate to sustainable fashion here.

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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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Paisley Pumpkin Halloween Trail

If you’re out and about in Paisley this weekend with kids (or maybe you’re just a kid at heart!) then the Paisley Pumpkin Halloween Trail is a fun, socially distanced activity to keep the whole family entertained. At Rainbow Turtle we’ve got this cheeky chappy to tick off your list, and if you pop into the shop we’ve also got maps of the trail and plenty of Fair Trade sweets on sale to keep your energy levels up!

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Malaysian Curry with Kilombero Rice

With the colder weather starting, it feels like time to make warming and tasty meals – like this Malaysian Curry with Kilombero Rice recipe, developed by our friends at JTS. Several of the ingredients can be purchased from the Rainbow Turtle shop!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Shallots (can replace with 1 onion)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 teaspoons of Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of Eswatini Swazi Fire (available at Rainbow Turtle)
  • 1 teaspoon of Lemongrass paste
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped Ginger
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 400g Chicken Breast
  • 200ml of Chicken Stock
  • 1 tin (400g) Ma’s Fairtrade & Organic Coconut Milk (available at Rainbow Turtle)
  • 300g Kilombero Rice (available at Rainbow Turtle)

Directions:

  1. Blend the shallots, garlic, turmeric, lemongrass and ginger into a paste. Add the Swazi Fire to the  strength that you desire. Note – a full teaspoon will be quite hot!
  2. Pre-heat a large frying pan or wok and add some oil. Cut the chicken into cubes of approximately 1 inch and add to the wok. Fry the chicken to seal in the flavour until it has a golden brown colour. Add the onion and fry until soft.
  3. Add in your paste and fry for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Open your tin of Fairtrade coconut milk and add to the paste. (Note – coconut milk can separate in colder temperatures so you may have to scoop the solid part out of the tin into the pan. This will not affect the flavour and will soon melt into the mix).
  5. Add the chicken stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with Kilombero rice for a really tasty Malaysian curry.

If you enjoyed this lovely curry, see here for more JTS recipes!

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Rainbow Turtle AGM 2020

You are cordially invited to Rainbow Turtle’s AGM on 6th October 2020 at 7pm. To attend our online meeting please sign up here.

The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to hear about the charity’s progress during 2019/20, its financial position as of 31/3/20 and members will have the chance to elect the board of trustees for the coming 12 months. Once you have registered for the meeting you will be contacted closer to the date about joining instructions.

The agenda for the business part of the evening is:

  1. Welcome
  2. Sederunt
  3. Apologies
  4. Minutes of AGM on 8 October 2019
  5. Matters Arising
  6. Chair’s Report
  7. Financial Report
  8. Election of Management Committee
  9. Any other competent business

Following the business portion of the AGM we will be delighted to welcome Tracy Mitchell, managing director of JTS Fair Food Fine Food, as our guest speaker. She will be talking about “JTS – The Global Pandemic And The Supply Chains”. After her talk there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

If you would like to attend our meeting click our Eventbrite link here.