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Tying the knot while saving the planet

In order to write this blog I have had to read extracts from bridal magazines, and that has been quite painful. Even when I was planning my own big day I found the excessive consumerism on display a bit nauseating. Animated cakes? A wedding video shot to movie-level standards (a snap at £5000)? Apparently this year’s top trends are personalisation, metallics and abundant florals. I was mostly concerned with not getting my sleeves in the soup or coming out of the toilet with my dress tucked into my knickers! With so much to think of, is it any surprise that...

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Its all Welsh to me!

This week Newcastle Emlyn will be celebrating its annual Urdd Carnival week. So it seemed like a good time to reflect on the Welsh culture, community and language that we are so lucky to be part of. Newcastle Emlyn and the surrounding beautiful Teifi Valley area are in the Welsh speaking heartland of Wales. It is part of what gives our area its distinctive feel. After all, Newcastle Emlyn is the resting place of the last Welsh dragon. But it is something that can make native English speakers like myself and Jill quite nervous. We strive very hard to be...

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The Plastic Challenge

Now here is a campaign that really resonated with me, the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Plastic Challenge’. They are asking people to give up single use plastic during the month of June. Realistically MSC says it is unlikely, in this day and age, to be totally plastic free but there is scope for massive reduction. So do you think you could last a day, a week or a whole month in giving up plastic? Back in 2005 I was so incensed about the amount of plastic litter I was seeing in our hedgerows and coastline that I decided, in my own...

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The where, why and how of BAFTS

If you have ever visited our shop in Newcastle Emlyn, or come across us at a festival or craft fair, you will probably have heard us say “we specialise in Fairtrade – we source our products from BAFTS accredited suppliers.” But have you ever wondered what that means? What is BAFTS and what does it mean that our suppliers are BAFTS accredited? As this week is BAFTS week 2016, its a perfect time to look at this in more detail! BAFTS stands for The British Association for Fair Trade Shops & Suppliers. BAFTS was formed in 1995 by Aileen Garden...

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Mapuche Weaving from Chile

We are very excited about the return of Liz Beasley of Ananuca to Fair and Fabulous who will be running a Mapuche Weaving Workshop in our upstairs room on Wednesday 18th May. This was a highly successful workshop when Liz ran it last year and all the participants thoroughly enjoyed their day. I first met Liz a number of years ago when we were trading at the Wales Fair Trade Fair, organised by Love Zimbawe directors, Martha and Dave Holman. It’s a celebration of all things Fair Trade which happens every year at the beginning of October. I was immediately struck with the beautiful Chilean textiles that...

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