SUSSED is a community owned cooperative, staffed entirely by volunteers specialising in ethical products; specifically, Fairtrade, environmentally-friendly and local goods. It was formed by the charity Sustainable Wales in 2006, with which it now shares the same premises in James Street, Porthcawl.
They have a dedicated team of 12 volunteers who work regular shifts in the shop, as well as more occasional volunteers (about 6 – 8) who help out with events, and D.I.Y.
SUSSED also has an outreach programme; sending out stalls to schools, churches and to other community events – selling our products, and giving talks about Fairtrade and ethical consumerism.
Our managing director, Margaret Minhinnick, is also the chair of the Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership (B.F.P.), at which many of our volunteers regularly attend. As part of our work with the B.F.P. we have recently put on a ‘Big Fair Bake’ event, involving members of the public and schools entering a competition for ‘best cake’ at SUSSED/Sustainable Wales’ office.
SUSSED also participates in Sustainable Wales’ events, which have included:
- Music, poetry and artistic events
- Wine and cheese evening
- Locally-grown-food festivals
PART OF THE SOLUTION
Are you concerned about human trafficking, child labour, poor working conditions? A common denominator is poverty. Do you want to be part of the solution where everybody benefits?
Many businesses exist to provide profit for the owners and shareholders – SUSSED, established by Sustainable Wales, is a different business model called a social enterprise. Our aim is to develop a trading relationship which brings dignity, freedom, security and lasting change.
We are committed to finding distinctive quality products that make great gifts, accessories or household items, looking out for contemporary designs, innovative use of recycled materials and the way the products are made.
Selection is from fairtrade businesses paying fair wages, offering good working conditions. This might include free healthcare for the worker and their family and free or subsidised education and ensure child labour is not used.
Our goods are always changing, currently we have a selection of uni-sex bags made from natural product, gifts and T-shirts made by women in Calcutta who would have otherwise been forced into prostitution.
Amazing and elaborate embroidery adorns some fantastic table runners and wall hangings, made by people who live in the desert.
Our striking quilts and cushions, from raw cotton, use artisan skills of hand block and screen-printing alongside modern power looms.