JUST OPEN - Zuza's Christmas Range has arrived instore!

So pleased to be able to tell you that ZUZA’s Christmas range has made it across the oceans and is now all ready for you in our warehouse, online and in our local

A VERY CHRISTMAS POP UP SHOP in Maryport, Cumbria.

We have a lovely selection of handmade beaded tree and home decorations, festive animals and tealight holders.

handmade beaded tree decorations

Our runaway success story of 2018, our handy ethical storage boxes, KEEP-ET’s and I-PET’s and KLICKETY-KLICKS, all handmade from recycled plastic bottles, are also in stock again. Tjis time in various festive designs.

ALl designs are now in the Christmas shop on our website, so hurry to view them, before all the school children get their hands on them for teachers gifts. They are suitable for anyone, who like to be organised or who needs to get organised. From handbags to man drawers, these fabulous storage containers, for every day use have been a real success, whilst doing your bit for the Planet!

ethical christmas gifts recycled plastic boxes

If you have any questions please get in touch through the website or our social media pages, Facebook and Instagram, our team is on hand to assist you.

Many thanks

Claire x

Zuza co-hosts and launches the 'Womens Art Works' with new projects in Maryport, Cumbria

This new group is a collaboration of craftswomen and artists from in and around West Cumbria, who create and produce beautiful items, which are being exhibited for sale, in a new pop up shop over the next three months.

A Very Christmas POPupSHOP is on the corner of Crosby & Wood streets in Maryport and

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am - 4.30pm until the end of the year.

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on Monday 16th July , just two days before the big day we celebrated with friends, clients and new friends alike.
We celebrated with pots and pots of MANDELA TEA, in all four varieties, cake and the well tested and tasted Koeksisters cake (it's like a donut but in my book even better) which is a plaited cake which is deep fried and drenched in sugar and syrup Oh my goodness, heaven on a plate.

We were so happy to welcome over 80 people to the event including a few expats, who added to the atmosphere.

Zuza Trading had a small pop up shop on the day, selling MANDELA TEA as special prices for the event, along with a selection of South African crafters' homewares,tote and makeup bags,  keyrings, KEEPets, I-pets and felt goods.

It was so successful we are planning to have a few more similar events around the county in the Autumn, especially the run up to the Christmas season offering our Christmas decorative range - so please do watch this space for more details on pop-up events .



Celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday

Nelson Mandela is deeply connected to South Africa’s international identity. To the world, he is an icon, but to South Africans he is Madiba. He represents the best parts of what we can identify in ourselves — courageous, strong-willed and, above all, caring.


This man has meant so much to so many South Africans, and has for decades been an inspiration to those who work for a better world. We celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday on the 18th July.

Although he is no longer with us the significance of his actions continues to inspire and elevate us.

Here are some ways that we can honour the centenary to his memory.

Support the Youth – we have the 16th June to commemorate Youth Day

Madiba ended his Youth Day speech in 1996 with this message to the youth,

                                    “The future is in your hands. Build it through hard work today.”

Now, in 2018, our youth are more vital than ever in creating a South Africa that we can all be proud of. But the youth of our country is at risk and need help and support to reach their potential.

For Mandela’s 100th birthday take a moment to consider how you can pass on wisdom, skills and experience that you have to the younger generation. Positive role models are the most valuable thing young people can be exposed to. Be one.

Give the Gift of Reading – “The Nelson Mandela School Library Project”

Reading is a vital developmental skill, and Nelson Mandela was a champion of reading and literacy with good reason; children raised in homes with books are more likely to graduate from school and university than those who do not have access to literature.

This is the reason we donate a portion of the profits from Mandela Tea to “The Nelson Mandela School Library Project”. Take time on Madiba’s centenary to read a book to a child.

Keep-it Safe, Keep-it handy, Keep-it organised...

How many loose items to you have in the bottom of your handbag, in the kids school bags, in the car or in your man drawer?

I've just checked my current handbag and I have a couple of batteries, three lipstick, 7 pens, 2 tangled string earphones, 1 charger, loose change and a few pieces of jewellery I had thought I had lost!

We have the answer to all your little problems, clever Eco- storage 'The Keep-it'. Made by innovative crafters in South Africa, who use plastic bottles in many sizes to create these simple yet inspired containers. With a zip for secure closure, available in blue, green, red, purple and orange. Larger sized Keep-its are available for storing medium and larger items: make-up brushes, crayons, sweets, make-up or travel toiletries.  Colours available: Ornage, red, green, blue, purple.Only £4.99

Visit our shop here for secure purchasing........

keepet keepit


handy, safe, organised

 unlimited uses...

unlimited uses...


Cumberland News 'Lifestyle' section June 1, 2018

Mark Green meets entrepreneur Claire Shepherd who found a way to share the artistic ingenuity of her former South African compatriots.

'People across the world will be raising a glass and celebrating the centenary of his birth of Nelson Mandela next month. In the UK, we'll be able to mark the occasiom by traising a cup - or mug - of tea with his name on it.

MANDEKLA TEA has been sanctioned by the family of the legendary anti-apartheid campaigner and former President of South Africa and is only imported to this country by one small Cumbria company.

  Cumberland News 'Lifestyle' section June 1, 2018

Cumberland News 'Lifestyle' section June 1, 2018

Something has been brewing....


MANDELA TEA is distributed by ZUZA Trading who are proud to exclusively bring to the UK this brand new product, endorsed by The Mandela Foundation, which is a huge honour. The tea is produced by Cape Tea Co.

Cape Tea Co. is an exciting company in the organic tea industry, specialising in the production of premium tea products and all of our organic tea is indigenous to South Africa. In collaboration with The Long Walk to Freedom brand, Cape Tea Co. is now unveiling the Mandela Tea range of organic packaged tea products in the UK. Sourcing the best ingredients from various regions in South Africa, The Mandela Tea range offers the best organic tea packaged products in today's market. 

- Mandela Tea contains an abundance of minerals essential to maintain health, well-being and a healthy immune system and active mind.

- Mandela Tea uses a range of teas indigenous to South Africa and are of the highest quality.

- Our tea is rich in anti-oxidants, low in tannins, caffeine free and 100% organic. Certified by Ecocert SA

- A portion of proceeds from each box of Mandela Tea directly benefits the Mandela Day School Library.

-Mandela is available in 4 flavours: Rooibos, Honeybush, Honeybush and Rooibos, Honeybush and Buchu. It is 100% organic and caffeine free from indigenous South African plants.

- A portion of the proceeds from each box of Mandela Tea directly benefits THE MANDELA DAY SCHOOL LIBRARY project, helping to continue giving thousands of disadvantaged children across South Africa access to books and knowledge.   

'Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world'            

Nelson Mandela




The Zuza Connection - Issue 1

New Wholesale Catalogue

Fresh off the presses........

After a great deal of work, we have finally completed our more concise catalogue.  The 2018 catalogue is only 24 pages compared with last year’s 40 pages monster.   We have far more graphics in the new catalogue with easy to read product codes.  The new catalogue also includes some of our new product lines, such as the Nelson Mandela Range and our new Marine Animal Range.  We have included information on our Wholesale ordering process, making it easier to buy in bulk.  The catalogue is also available for download on our website: www.zuza-trading.co.uk


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West House Project

Helping a local Cumbrian Charity

During 2017, a partnership arrangement was set up between Zuza Trading and West House (a charity based in Cumbria).  The West House Charity does amazing work providing support to adults with learning disabilities.  Zuza Trading and is delighted to be able to provide opportunities to clients from Wests House to enable them to become “employment ready” and to ensure that our products are checked, tagged, bar-coded and packed, ready for delivery to our customers all over the UK and Europe.   Sean Burke and Kane Towers have done amazing work helping us get our products ready to go to the customers. 

If you would like information on how you could help West House, you can visit their website: www.westhouse.org.uk

 The West House Team, Scott, Sean and Kane

The West House Team, Scott, Sean and Kane

E-Commerce Shop

Online shop now available

Exciting online news!  We recently launched our new E-Commerce Shop.  You will be able to purchase most of our most popular online products directly from www.zuza-trading.co.uk.  Just click on the shop and view all the goodies we have available for online sales.  We will run specials for online sales only so make sure you keep looking at the shop, you never know you could pick a real bargain!  Once orders have been placed and paid for we will get them to you in 5 working days.  Below are some of the items currently on the online shop.

If you wish to see more of our products, send us an email to info@zuza-tradind.co.uk and we will advise you of  stockists near you

 Love Bean and Pewter Candlesticks available from our online store

Love Bean and Pewter Candlesticks available from our online store

 Some of the recycled Shwe Shwe products available.

Some of the recycled Shwe Shwe products available.


26 FEBRUARY 2018 TO 11 MARCH 2018 

Fair Trade is about making sure that farmers and workers earn a fair living.  This involves working in safe conditions and being paid a reasonable amount for the goods they produce.  If you see the Fairtrade mark on items in your local shop, this is a sign that the people who helped make these products have been treated fairly. What is BAFTS?  The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers is a network of shops and suppliers who are dedicated to promoting Fair trade retail in the UK.  We are proud to say that Zuza Trading is a member of the BAFTS network.  BAFTS is a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation and they subscribed to upholding the 10 Principles of Fair Trade.  These principles are:

1.     Creating opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged producers

2.   Transparency and Accountability

3.    Fair Trading Practices

4.    Payment of a Fair price

5.    Ensuring no Child/Forced labour

6.    Commitment to non-discrimination, gender equity, and freedom of association

7.    Ensuring Good working conditions

8.    Promoting fair trade

9.    Respect for the environment

All products sourced by Zuza Trading are done so with the above principles in mind.

For more information on BAFTS please visit their website www.bafts.org.uk 


 Keep an eye out for the Fair trade logo and make sure your products adhere to the 10 principles of Fair Trade

Keep an eye out for the Fair trade logo and make sure your products adhere to the 10 principles of Fair Trade

“It always seems impossible until it is done”
— Nelson Mandela


We are delighted to have two West House Clients join ZUZA Trading and become a link in our  Fair Trade chain that goes all the way back to South Africa. Sean Burke and Kane Towers are a very important part of the ZUZA Trading Team, helping ensure that the products are checked when they arrive from South Africa and pack, tag and barcode for sending out to our Customers in UK and Europe.

Read all about this in the recent News & Star -West Cumbria feature article published on Friday 24th November 2017.








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Giraffes visit The Netherlands

A very wonderful tale to share of the recent adventures of Tinika's Travels to The Nertherlands. A great opportunity to join Northern Powerhouse on  Trade Mission to The Netherlands in October 2017.


We boarded the Overnight Ferry at Hull destinated for Rotterdam and Tinika did not want to travel alone so Jan joined us for the journey.   We all enjoyed an evening of networking and finding out the program for Trade Mission The Netherlands


Arriving in Rotterdam on Wednesday morning we had a busy day, but a little time was allocated to taking in a few sights and a quick visit to local Dutch market in Amsterdam. Tinika was very keen to try out the Dutch Cheese but not sure it was really something she enjoyed, posing for the camera, that was something she did enjoy!



A busy day of meetings, finding out, more details about the Dutch gift market and an opportunity to meet some Dutch Buyers. A night in Amsterdam with Tinika and Jan enjoying themselves and getting lots of photo opportunity with The Dutch......

The next day was spent visiting various shops, and ZUZA Trading took the opportunity to visit some of the world class Zoos located in Amsterdam. Very positive feedback about ZUZA product range and some interest from potential stockists. 

So as we were taught to say in Amsterdam, it was "mooi" and we really enjoyed our time in The Netherlands and let's hope we are back again soon visiting some new stockists.