Friday, February 17, 2017

New stock!

New stock has arrived from Penh Lane. Beautifully soft silk scarves and playful jewellery. If you are in Bayswater for brunch, lunch or coffee pop in 







Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Today is VDAY.
VDAY is a global day of mass action to end violence against women and girls.
In Australia one in three women has experienced physical and or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them (ABS 2013).
Women account for 55-60% of all trafficking victims detected globally; women and girls together account for 75% of victims (Hagar 2015).
Anyone can play a role in supporting women and children around the world escape violence.  One way of helping women to escape violence is by supporting their economic freedom.  Purchasing fair trade goods made by women is a meaningful way to make a difference.
We are proud to stock many items that support women.  Today, we share with you the story of Khmer Creations.  Khmer Creations was founded in 2007 to benefit Cambodian women and their communities.  Khmer Creations started as a therapeutic workshop run in shelters for women who were sex trafficked, and quickly became a business creating sustainable employment for women.  Khmer Creations' jewellery studio is managed by an all-female, all-Cambodian team and exports jewellery all over the world.
Come into our store to see some of the beautiful jewellery made by Khmer Creations.
To learn more see Khmer Creations' website: http://www.khmercreations.org/
To find out more about VDAY check out this video - https://youtu.be/rgbawrWUPu0
If facts and figures are your thing, this site has some statistics on violence against women: https://www.ourwatch.org.au/Understanding-Violence/Facts-and-figures
To learn more about how Oxfam is playing a role in making a change to the violence faced by women around the world see here https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2016-11-24/enough-enough-oxfam-seeks-end-violence-against-women-and-girls 






Friday, January 27, 2017


Valentine’s day is coming up quickly!

Whether you want to write a beautiful card for someone special, or buy them (or yourself!) a special treat, we have the goods.

We are stocked up with beautiful cards for you to write kind words, candles for you to create a warm glow, and chocolate because it’s just delicious.  

Spread your love to the wider community this Valentine’s day and support fair trade.




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Business for Peace

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People aims to promote solidarity with the Palestine community, contributing to international awareness of the obstacles to the peace process. There is a focus on issues requiring urgent action such as the blockade of Gaza and the ongoing humanitarian crises occurring in the occupied Palestinian territory. 

The International Year of Solidarity advocates global action, but also recognises the instrumental role of those creating change in the Israeli and Palestine communities.


‘Business for peace’ is the concept promoted by Sindyanna of Galilee, selling traditional and premium olive oils, soaps and spices using fair trade principles. As a non-profit they return their profits back into educating Arab women while aiming to bridge cultural divides, encouraging sustainable agriculture, and supporting organic farming. It is a great example of Jewish and Arab women working together to provide equal opportunities in development and employment.


Fair Trade WA Oxfam currently stocks Sindyanna olive oil soaps, Dead Sea mud soaps and Za'atar Arabic Spice. Come into the store in Bayswater and give your support to both fair trade and peace in Palestine.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

World Toilet Day

We take our toilets and sewage systems for granted. It’s something we don’t often think about or want to discuss. But around 40% of the global population do not have easy access to a toilet, with the affects of poor sanitation ranging from health, education, gender equality, nutrition, to the environment and the economy. World Toilet Day is on the 19th of November, a time to highlight the need for improving sanitation.
Oxfam Australia, and the Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop in Bayswater supports programs like ‘WaSH for Oxfam’, promoting Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene education during emergency relief and in villages and schools. We also stock the ‘Who Gives a Crap’ range of toilet paper, tissues, paper towel and hand towels.

Started through a crowd funding campaign, Who Gives a Crap has been growing since 2013. 50% of all their profits go towards building toilets and improving sanitation in developing countries, and supporting NGO's like WaterAid Australia. And instead of cutting down trees, Who Gives a Crap's products are made from bamboo and sugarcane, proving to be environmentally friendly as well as being a force for changing health and sanitation standards.  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kabli Channa recipe

Earlier this year we shared Karen’s Red Lentil Dahl recipe.

With 2016 being the International Year of the Pulses, its time for another.

This recipe comes from Patricia, 

KABLI CHANNA  (Afghani recipe) 
 250g (8oz) whole chick peas
 3 cups water
 1 teaspoon ghee or oil  1 onion, chopped.
 2.5cm (inch) piece cinnamon stick
 4 cloves garlic crushed
 2 green chillies* finely chopped
 2 teaspoons ground corriander seeds
 1 large tomato,chopped
 1 teaspoon garam masala
 1 tablespoon finely chopped corriander*

Wash the chick peas and soak in the water overnight.
Add the salt and simmer till tender.
Drain reserving the water, and set aside.

Heat the ghee or oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until golden. Add the cinnamon and cloves and fry for a few seconds, then add the garlic, ginger, chillies and ground corriander and fry for 5 minutes.  Add the tomato and fry until most of the liquid has evaporated'
Add the chick peas and cook gently for 5 minutes, then add the reserved water and simmer for 20 to  25 minutes.
Add the garam masala and stir well. Sprinkle with corriander and serve immediately. 
Serves 4.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Recycle and Upcycle

It’s National Recycling Week from the 7th to 13th of November. Many of the products in our Bayswater Fair Trade WA Oxfam Shop are made from recycled plastics, paper and metal.

And they aren’t just recycled, but ‘upcycled’, the idea of creating new products from the waste materials that are of better use and quality than the original.

Come and see the eye-catching paper bowls, tablemats and coasters from Mai Handicrafts in Vietnam, or the recycled computer boxes and photo frames from TARA Projects in India.

We are open 10am-3pm Tuesday to Saturday at 5 King William St, Bayswater.