About Us

Our Story

Only Just started up in 2009. It was one of many results from the Fair Trade Nillumbik Project (FTNP). In 2007 a couple of local residents started up the FTNP. The aim was to raise awareness about Fair Trade and ask the Nillumbik council to become a Fair Trade council. Just as the FTNG was set to present their findings to council the Black Saturday Bush fires swept through our local region. The group decided to let the council deal with the aftermath of the fires and let the project drop.

The Fair Trade Nillumbik Project

The FTNP became the catalyst for a number of things. As a result of that project many churches, community groups and schools became Fair Trade communities and continue to do so now. One of the members of the project took the idea to her workplace at La Trobe University and, due to her efforts, La Trobe became a Fair Trade University. So the ripple effect from that project has been fruitful.

Only Just came about as a result of the FTNP. The project clearly resonated with the people of Nillumbik/Banyule but there was a gap in the market. People said that they wanted to support Fair Trade but they didn’t have a local option for buying handicrafts and gifts. Back in 2009 there weren’t many online options and the closest Fair Trade shops were in the city; so Donna Parker, her husband Jon, and their two friends Rebecca and Mike decided to take a leap of faith and start up Only Just. The name Only Just was chosen because they wanted to sell only ‘just’ products.

Community-driven and Not-for-profit

From the beginning the intention was for Only Just to be a community driven project. As a result, volunteers were called for, who could, in turn, invest as much or as little as they wanted into Only Just.
 
Only Just is a registered not-for-profit organisation  run by a board of passionate and skilled people. It has now been operating for over 8 years in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Since the start of operation and thanks to the ongoing support of Southern Cross Community Church for the use of the shop in Montmorency, Only Just has donated over $55,000 back into aid and development projects through TEAR Australia and has funded several thousand dollars’ worth of micro credit loans through KIVA. The remainder of the profits enabled the opening of a second larger shop in Eltham in late 2015, which in turn allows Only Just to increase the stock we buy from our partners and support more producer groups from around the developing world.

Only Just Today

Only Just sells products from over 25 developing countries. They provide us with all the beautiful handmade gifts in our store. They do amazing work and support some of the most disenfranchised communities in the world: leprosy victims, women who have been trafficked, survivors of exploded landmines and polio, and more. Our partners pay their employees a fair wage but they provide so much more: medical assistance, counselling, education subsidies, micro credit loans, investment in clean water initiatives, the list goes on.
Fair Trade is more than just fair wages.
Only Just's Eltham shop is mainly staffed by volunteers from our local communities, who are passionate about Fair Trade and share a love for our hand-crafted items, the people who make them and the stories that surround them. Our online store is also managed by dedicated volunteers and staff. If you would like to contribute to Only Just's story, you can apply to volunteer or contact us for more information.

Oxfam has said that, for every dollar spent on aid, $2 is lost in trade due to unfair global trade rules; rules that benefit wealthy nations and drive poorer nations deeper into poverty. Fair Trade simply makes sense. When you pay someone adequately they can stay in their own country, they can feed and clothe their family and educate their children. These simple measures break the grinding cycle of poverty.


About Fair Trade

Fair trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability.” (Source Wikipedia)
 
“Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. Fair trade organizations, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising, and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.” (FINE – Association of the four main fair trade networks)

Fairtrade Certification

Fairtrade Certified products are identifiable through the Fairtrade Certification Mark
Fairtrade delivers a better deal for farmers and producers in the developing world through:

  • A fair and stable price for their produce
  • Security of long-term contracts
  • Investment in local community development
  • Improved working conditions
  • Environmentally sustainable farming methods
  • Support in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully in the global economy

Support Us

Would you like to know how you can help? Become a volunteer in one of our shops or to help us run stalls at fairs and fêtes, spread the word in your networks or just come and purchase from us!
Volunteer
Download and fill out the application form below and return it to us by:
Email - info@onlyjust.com.au
Post - To the Manager, Only Just, Shop 6, 906 Main Road, Eltham 3095
In-store - Only Just, Eltham Village Shopping Centre, Eltham
 
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