‘Choose the World You Want’ Youth Exhibition

The Fairtrade Foundation have recently shared the Fairtrade Fortnight theme for 2021: ‘Climate, Fairtrade and You’! Fairtrade Fortnight takes place 22 February – 7 March 2021 and so will be taking a different format from previous years, with limited opportunities for in-person learning and campaigning. We’ll be keeping you up to date on everything the Fairtrade Foundation, and others, have planned for this year’s exciting and relevant theme!

First up, for those aged 5 to 25, there’s the opportunity to ‘share your vision of the world you want’ as part of a youth exhibition of art, film, and creative writing on Fairtrade and the environment. You can find out more about this, including how to enter your work, here.

Teachers, parents, and guardians may be interested in this activity as a way to bring the ideas of Fair Trade into learning from home!


Organic September

Organic September is an annual campaign organised by the Soil Association. They say:

Organic September is a month-long campaign designed to encourage more people to try organic as a way to promote and educate people about organic food & farming practices.  
Following a year of unprecedented environmental protest and ground-breaking research, there’s never been a better moment to shout about the role organic farming has to play in the climate change debate:
🌿 Benefiting nature
🐝 Wildlife
🌍 The planet
🌾 And building healthy soils.
Campaigning for more organic food and farming means that together, we can slow down climate change.”

At Rainbow Turtle, we sell a wide variety of products which are not only Fairtrade certified, but organic as well because we believe that Fair Trade should care about the environment, as well as about people. These products include:

Bird & Wild bag of coffee

Bird & Wild Coffee

Traidcraft jars of marmalade and jam

Traidcraft Orange Marmalade & Strawberry Jam

Hampstead boxes of rosehip & hibiscus and Peppermint & spearmint tea bags

Hampstead Rosehip & Hibiscus and Peppermint & Spearmint Teas

Ma's Happy Life Organic Coconut Milk, 3 tins

Ma’s Happy Life Coconut Milk

Clipper boxes of green teas

Clipper Green Teas with Echinacea and with Lemon


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!