The kinds of goods on sale – local, green, upcycled, recycled, plastic free and fairly traded, are selected because they are people and planet-friendly and are a challenge to corporate power via the power of the purse. We also have an event space at SUSSED where (in normal times) we run cultural events, performances, debates, pop-up Fairtrade Cafés, and cookery classes. The space is available to local groups for meetings.
We also support the charity, Sustainable Wales, our sister organisation with general office and administration costs. The relationship is symbiotic. Both organisations believing that solutions to the unsustainable way society has developed need grassroot, citizen responses at all political levels. Information, campaigning, lobbying, practical projects and retail activism are needed to make a real change.
The aims are to support the sustainable development agenda, acting locally, thinking globally – providing a community ‘hub’ of good practice and participation.
Our partners include BAVO (Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations), Fairtrade Wales and WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action).
Providing real world experiences, services and products on the high street makes getting the message across easier to the public than trying to explain theories.
Our sales provide a direct track of our success, for example over 9,000 locally handmade masks have been sold over the Covid 19 period.