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.


Thanks Mary Russell School!

This week we had the fantastic pupils from Mary Russell School in our shop to install a Christmas window for us which they had designed and made themselves (with a bit of help from their lovely art teacher Miss Ferguson) on the theme of sustainability. Just by using things you might find around the house (lampshades, waste paper…) the pupils managed to make a really creative and eye-catching display for us this festive season. We hope you like it as much as we do!

P.S. Keep an eye out in the Paisley Daily Express early next week to see if you spot any familiar snow people…


Recycling for Good Causes

colourful knitted peruvian cardigans

As you may know, Rainbow Turtle is a charity but our shop isn’t a traditional charity shop. Everything we sell is new, and has been produced or grown by people who are paid fairly for their work, and are often the people most in need in the world.

This means that everything you buy at Rainbow Turtle – from tea and coffee to jewellery and toys – helps people all over the world.

charity recycling box

But did you know our charity can still benefit from donations of your unwanted items? Instead of selling them on, we collect your old phones, laptops, jewellery (even costume or broken jewellery), foreign or UK currency (including out of circulation coins and notes), gadgets like sat navs and MP3 players, and used stamps, and send them off to Recycling for Good Causes. In return, we get a cheque for Rainbow Turtle!