Paul Wolfenden

Fair Trade, Travel, Shopping, Food, The Environment & Ethical Living

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Paul Wolfenden
Owner of The Fair Trade Store


How to make Spicy Thai Seafood Salad (Yum Talay) – Recipe ideas…

By | April 17th, 2015|Categories: Seasonal News, Secret Diary|

Every mouthful of this spicy seafood salad offers a taste-explosion of Thai flavours! Known as Yum Talay (or sometimes referred to as Yam Talay. Yam literally means "mix"). However, the taste of this spicy salad [...]

Visiting Friends-International in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

By | April 3rd, 2015|Categories: Events, Fair Trade Producers, Secret Diary|

It was a steaming-hot morning in February when I negotiated with a friendly, young tuk tuk driver stationed outside my hotel in downtown Phnom Penh, to take me to Friends-International, Cambodia. I had a meeting [...]

New Fair Trade Jewellery from Latin America

By | July 23rd, 2014|Categories: Fair Trade Producers, Product Information, Seasonal News, What`s New?|Tags: , , |

We have recently taken delivery of a new range of Fair Trade jewellery from Latin America. Mainly earrings, but also some bracelets and pendants. This range has been sourced by a UK-based business called Tumi [...]

The Story of Kazuri Beads Jewellery, Kenya

By | March 1st, 2014|Categories: Fair Trade Producers, Product Information, What`s New?|Tags: |

KAZURI is a Swahili word which means "small and beautiful". Kazuri Beads, as a business, has an interesting backstory. THE ORIGINS... Founded by Lady Susan Wood, who was born in 1918 in a mud hut [...]

How to Clean and Care for Felt.

By | February 8th, 2014|Categories: Product Information|Tags: |

This is a question I get asked often, because we sell lots of felt bags and purses. The truth is, felt is simple to clean & care for. HOW TO CLEAN FELT... Wiping with a [...]

Paul Wolfenden, Owner of THE FAIR TRADE STORE.

By | October 27th, 2013|Categories: Secret Diary|

My old friend, David Brown is a seasoned tabloid hack, who has escaped to Oman in the Middle-East to work for an oil company and help then run their in-house magazine. Journalism and PR are in his [...]

What is Thuya Wood? 9 Facts to Help Explain…

By | October 19th, 2013|Categories: Product Information|Tags: , , |

Did you know? 1/ Thuya is a rare, shrubby conifer, indigenous to southern Morocco and especially the seaside town of Essaouira, in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, north west Africa. Income here is generated [...]

Shopping for Ethical Christmas Gifts Online?

By | October 16th, 2013|Categories: Events, Product Information, Promotional Offers, Seasonal News, What`s New?|Tags: , , , , |

If you’re in need of some inspiration for ethical Christmas gifts this year and looking for something that's a little bit different, then take a look at our favourite selection of presents. Picked by our team because [...]

Why this wooden earring stand should be one of your Fair Trade Christmas gifts “for her”.

By | October 2nd, 2013|Categories: Events, Fair Trade Videos, Product Information, Seasonal News|Tags: , , |

What gift do you give "the woman who has everything" for Christmas in 2013? The answer is this wooden earring stand. Not only is it an ethical choice, being Fair Trade, but it`s practical too [...]

The Story Behind Kenyan Soapstone

By | September 25th, 2013|Categories: Fair Trade Producers, Product Information, Secret Diary|Tags: , , , |

Kenyan Soapstone is becoming more and more popular in the UK as people travel and learn more about it. But  there is still confusion as to what it actually is. This blog post hopes to [...]

The Zuri Foundation and its work in Nairobi, Kenya

By | August 18th, 2013|Categories: Events, Fair Trade Producers, Seasonal News, Secret Diary, What`s New?|Tags: , , , , , |

The Zuri Foundation is a UK-based charity that helps young people in Kenya break free from the cycle of poverty they are born into. Working in partnership with small organisations, NGO`s, charities and workshops in [...]

What exactly is Mother of Pearl?

By | July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Product Information|Tags: , |

A number of our products feature mother of pearl and we sometimes get asked what it is exactly. So to help out, I`ve explained below how it is formed and what it is used for [...]