Nirmala’s Story

Did you know that when you buy a Goodweave certified rug or cushion at SUSSED you’re helping the millions of children like Nirmala? Hear the story of rescued child laborer Nirmala, who found a path to freedom and education through GoodWeave. Nirmala’s story shows that behind every number is a name, a face and a story. We believe every child deserves a childhood – the freedom to laugh, play, and learn.

The GoodWeave label means that no child, forced or bonded labor was used in the making of a certified product, and that your purchase supports programs that educate children and ensure decent work for adults. Here’s how it works.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

With Fairtrade Fortnight approaching, here’s an overview of this year’s campaign from Fairtrade Wales:

Check SUSSED’s facebook or twitter feeds for our activities starting next week:

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019: 25 February - 10 March 

Fairtrade fortnight is nearly here! This annual two-week event sees thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food. This year we have placed a focus on the people, in particular the women, who grow the cocoa in your chocolate. These people often live in some of the poorest countries in the world and are often subject to exploitation and bad wages. Our aim is to ensure that these cocoa farmers are paid fairly and able to live a dignified life. If you love ethically sourced cocoa as much as we do, come and join in at one of our many events. 

This year marks the start of a three-year campaign based around living incomes. A living income is the minimum income required to pay for essentials such as school, clothing and medicine. We believe that this is a basic human right and essential in being able to live a dignified life. With your support, we aim to increase the numbers of people achieving this living income.  

This year’s campaign theme - Living Incomes

This year’s campaign theme - Living Incomes

How to join in - support Fairtrade Wales

There are many ways in which you can join in. Our social media channels are a good way of finding out about events near you. Follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram . When attending events, be sure to tweet at us @fairtradewales and through #shedeserves and #fairtradefortnight

Invitation to the SUSSED 2018 AGM for volunteers and members




WED. 12TH DECEMBER 2018, 7. 00PM



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Dear SUSSED Supporters, 

It is OUR pleasure to invite you to SUSSED Wales’ Annual Meeting 2017/18, 12thDEC 2018, 7:00pm followed by refreshments and buffet. To be held in the Green Room, above SUSSED.

The AGM,we expect, to be quite informal and short. It will update people about SUSSED’s trading, finances and activities and elect the SUSSED board of directors and review volunteer roles and responsibilities. 

The Directors are recommending a small change to the membership. All active volunteers are free and automatically become members with all the benefits. They are the ones able to vote at the AGM. Paying members are invited, also to all activities, but do not need to vote. They can contribute ideas and suggestions at anytime during the year. This can be discussed at the AGM.

If anyone would like to stand as a company Director please get in touch before-hand. Or maybe you would like to volunteer not only with shop sales, but other tasks like volunteer coordination, membership development, administration, finances, product information research, communications, IT or events ? We would be delighted to hear from you.

Were you once a paid up member? You can restart your membership and your special discount by using the form at SUSSED or online at

As a community cooperative our volunteers, supporters and membership are central to the organisation. We are a democratic and thus participatory organisation – we need not only your commitment to shop at SUSSED but also your ideas. 

Indeed, as community members you have a stake in the business as you are in fact the “owners”. Thus, we appreciate it when people attend the AGM and give us feedback.

Afterwards let’s celebrate the fact that our community actually has a shop like SUSSED.

We hope that you can attend what should be an enjoyable evening. 

Please RSVP, via email ( or phone (01656783962) to ensure there is an appropriate amount of seating and refreshments available.

Best Wishes

Margaret Minhinnick on behalf of all the Directors SUSSED (Luke Evans, Martin Little, Robert Minhinnick, Peter Morgan, Melanie Johnson)

Explaining Fairtrade: videos

Fairtrade Fashion:

Unravelling the Thread: The Story of Cotton

We are excited to share our brand new film which explores where cotton comes from and some of the difficulties faced along the supply chain.

This 12 minute film helps young people understand the impacts of fast fashion and highlights the difference consumers can make to people’s lives through their buying choices

Five children from Berlin did the unthinkable: They approached international fashion brands voluntarily to ask for a job. Why? Millions of children work in the textile supply chains worldwide. What is commonplace in the developing countries of the world often seems unimaginable in our society.
Fashion Revolution Brazil set up a Fashion Experience: The Other Side in São Paulo. Shoppers went into a shipping container, expecting to find a cheap clothing store inside, but the reality was very different.
Millions of people make our clothes. Too many live in poverty, exploitation or danger. We can change that. Join the #FashionRevolution and demand a fair, safe and more transparent industry.
Inspiring us all to need less and love forever, Fashion Revolution's short film looks at mass production, consumerism and the tragedy of modern-day landfills, to remind us that small individual actions can have a lasting effect #LovedClothesLast Directed by Balthazar Klarwein, produced by Feel Films, and starring Angelina Jesson.
Fashion isn't always as it seems. A few famous faces put a different perspective on a global issue.
View full post: 'Fast Fashion' refers to clothing and accessories that are designed to reflect current industry trends, yet produced using less expensive materials to ensure a low price tag. The Fast Fashion trend has also led to environmental concerns.

SUSSED responds to the growing issue of plastic waste

A number of SUSSED's goods and gifts are made from recycled products – plastic bottles and recycled cottons - see below our NEW carpets, cushions, socks. (Biodegradable washing up and laundry liquids have been available to refill your old container for some time).

Super soft socks made from recycled plastic bottles:

Mega fluffy!

Mega fluffy!

WOMEN’S MEGA FLUFFY SOCKS from £4.99 a pair

Recycled Polyester Socks by THOUGHT Size 4-7    

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These fluffy recycled socks were once plastic bottles! Perfect with wellies or for cosying up at home. 98% recycled polyester 2% spandex.

If all the plastic bottles that are not collected for recycling in the UK each year were placed end to end, they would go around the world 31 times.


Amazing Indoor/Outdoor Rugs - 100% PET yarn from recycled plastic bottles!

Easy to clean

Easy to clean

When the first samples arrived of these soft and beautiful rugs, we simply could not believe that they were made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. They are indistinguishable from wool kilims. They are made by a clever process that breaks the bottles down into super-fine fibres that can then be spun into thread and yarn. Super versatile, these rugs can be used indoors or on balconies, decking or even as picnic rugs.

They are resistant to sunlight fading and can be easily washed clean with a hosepipe and dry in minutes. By helping to create a market for the recycling of plastic bottles and avoid them going into landfill or becoming litter this is a good thing for the environment. Recycling takes energy too but studies have shown that the overall environmental effect is very positive. If collecting the bottles provides some form of employment for street kids in India then that is also a positive outcome. 75cms x 135cms

Cotton recycled

Cotton recycled

Braided cotton recycled chindi rag rugs 90cms X 150cms £28.00 (matching cushions also available)

REDUCE AND REUSE – is the mantra, let’s have a circular economy.  Our traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) isn’t working. Resources need keeping in use for as long as possible, obtaining the maximum value by recovering and regenerating into new products.

Indian Rag Rug 60cmsx 90cms £12.99

This heavyweight rag rug is thicker and heavier than our other cotton rugs and features multi-colour top stitching. It is made from 100% recycled cotton, the discarded cotton clothing is washed, dyed and woven into these colourful rugs. Available in 4 colours, blue, brown, green & red.

Sustainable Wales, our sister charity who founded SUSSED:
For regular news on these topics follow Sustainable Wales on facebook we also produce a daily round of news on our site and twitter feed.

Is the government getting it?

A plastic - free aisle in supermarkets is the government’s offer to reducing plastic waste – but serious encouragement is needed to close the loop in all processes creating long-lasting design, for maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and then recycling.
Britain discards 2.5 BILLION coffee cups every single year, worse still just 1% end up getting recycled. And Costa gets almost half of all our spending in chain coffee shops across the UK, so its contributions to this waste are huge.

Nearly 1m tonnes every year: supermarkets shamed for plastic packaging (read the Guardian exclusive)

Recent headlines

Recent headlines

GREENPEACE say that right now an estimated 12.7 million tonnes of plastic – everything from plastic bottles and bags to microbeads – end up in our oceans each year. That’s a truck load of rubbish a minute...

The government's environmental watchdog, the EAC (Environmental Audit Committee*) have today released a report recommending that a 25p charge is added to hot drinks served in disposable takeaway cups. This is a good thing for our oceans.